Paul Wesley stars as Stefan Salvatore, the younger of two handsome vampire brothers who share a long and bitter history and are in love with the same girl, in The CW’s hit series The Vampire Diaries.
Paul was born on July 23, 1982 in Malboro, New Jersey to Polish parents. As a child, he spent four months of every year visiting relatives in Poland and speaks the language fluently. He has two younger sisters and an older one. He attended Christian Brothers Acadamy as well as Malboro High School but was expelled from the first school for getting into fights. It was his troubled youth that led him towards his passion for acting (after a teacher forced him to join a theater play). Paul later landed the role of Max on the soap opera Guiding Light and transferred to Lakewood Prep school due to his hectic schedule. He also briefly attended Rutgers University before moving out to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
Throughout the years, Paul has distinguished himself as one of Hollywood’s hottest up-and-coming actors. He recently completed production on The Baytown Disco, a crime dramedy in which he stars opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Andre Braugher. The picture recently wrapped shooting in Louisiana in May of this year and will be in theaters in 2012.
Prior to joining The Vampire Diaries, Paul had many incredible roles during the course of his over-a-decade-long career. Film credits include Peaceful Warrior, opposite Nick Nolte, cult favorite Roll Bounce and Agnieszka Holland’s HBO film Shot in the Heart, among others.
His vast range of television credits include well-received recurring roles on series such as Everwood, American Dreams, 8 Simple Rules and 24. He starred opposite Bryan Cranston in the highly rated Fallen, a six-part miniseries based on the hit books by Tom Sniegoski. The story chronicles the journey of a young man (Wesley) who struggles to come to terms with his newly discovered identity as he is drawn into a world where angels – good and evil – walk among us.
Paul currently resides in Los Angeles and Atlanta with his wife Torrey DeVitto (who stars on Pretty Little Liars and TVD), where he continues filming on The Vampire Diaries.
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