Bulgarian-Canadian actress Nina Dobrev currently stars as doppelganger Elena Gilbert in the hit CW series, The Vampire Diaries. On the show, she plays a beautiful young girl caught between two handsome vampire brothers as well as a manipulative and ruthless vampire named Katherine Pierce who looks exactly like her. She plays both parts so deliciously well that in 2010 and 2011, Nina was awarded the Teen Choice Award for “Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci Fi” in 2011 and 2010.
Nina (whose full name is Nina Constantinova Dobreva) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria on January 19, 1989 and moved to Canada at the age of two with her family. She speaks fluent French, English, and Bulgarian. She has an older brother named Alexander. Her father is a computer specialist and her mother is an artist. Nina briefly attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Artsin Scarborough, Ontario and Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in sociology. She left in 2008 to pursue her acting career.
In film, Nina has just wrapped production on the Summit Entertainment film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. The film stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Kate Walsh. Her previous roles include The Killing Game alongside Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson, The Roommate (which stars Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly), Chloe (with Julianna Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson), Fugitive Pieces (starring Ayelet Zurer and Rosamund Pike), Away From Her (with Julie Christie) and The Poet.
In terms of television, Nina has had some unforgettable and impressive roles. She portrayed teen mom Mia Jones on DeGrassi: The Next Generation and showed off her singing and dancing talents in MTV’s The All American Mall. She also made memorable appearances on Eleventh Hour and in Never Cry Werewolf and Too Young To Marry.
In September 2011, Nina co-hosted We Day alongside Joe Jonas.’We Day’ is organized by Free the Children. She also designed a T-Shirt with Me to We Style, which gives 50% of its profits to Free the Children.
Nina currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she continues to film The Vampire Diaries and is reportedly dating her co-star Ian Somerhalder.
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