Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva
January 9, 1989
Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva (Bulgarian: Николина Каменова Добрева, pronounced [ˈnikolinɐ ˈdɔbrɛvɐ]; born January 9, 1989), known professionally as Nina Dobrev (// DOH-brev), is a Canadian actress. Her first acting role was as Mia Jones in the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She later became known for portraying Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries.
Dobrev has also appeared in several feature films, including the 2012 coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2014 action comedy Let's Be Cops, the 2015 horror comedy The Final Girls, the 2017 action thriller XXX: Return of Xander Cage, and the 2017 science-fiction drama Flatliners.
Dobrev was born Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva in Sofia, Bulgaria, and moved to Canada at age two, where she was raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her father, Kamen Dobrev, is a computer specialist and her mother, Michaela Dobreva (née Radeva), is an artist. She has an older brother.
Dobrev attended Vradenburg Junior Public School and J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School, where she started ballet and jazz classes and competed in rhythmic gymnastics. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto. Dobrev subsequently attended the arts program at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough until her graduating year.
Dobrev's first major acting role was as Mia on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, a role she played for three seasons starting in 2006. She appeared in several feature films in the mid-2000s, including Fugitive Pieces and Away from Her. Dobrev also headlined a number of television films, including Sci Fi Channel's Never Cry Werewolf, MTV's The American Mall, and two Lifetime original movies. In 2007 she appeared in the music video of "You Got That Light" performed by Wade Allain-Marcus and David Baum.
Dobrev left Degrassi in 2009 to star in The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries, a television adaptation of the book series of the same name, playing the lead role of Elena Gilbert. Dobrev recurrently played a 500-year-old doppelgänger vampire named Katherine Pierce. She played the Petrova doppelgänger progenitor Amara, also known as the world's first immortal, in season 5. She crossed over to The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, as doppelgänger character Tatia, in an episode in 2014. In April 2015, Dobrev announced via Instagram that she would be leaving The Vampire Diaries after portraying Elena for six seasons. In January 2017, it was announced that Dobrev would return as Elena and Katherine in The Vampire Diaries series finale.
Dobrev had a minor role in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010. The film had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever. She also had a small role in the 2011 film The Roommate.
Dobrev played the role of Vicki Summers in the 2015 horror comedy film The Final Girls. In September 2015, Dobrev was cast in the film Arrivals, portraying flight attendant Izzy; the film was later retitled Departures and was scheduled to go into production in April 2017. The same year, she was cast in the romantic comedy Crash Pad, which began filming in Vancouver in fall 2015.
In 2017, Dobrev co-starred as weapons specialist Becky Clearidge in the action film sequel XXX: Return of Xander Cage; the film was released January 20. Also that year, Dobrev co-starred as Marlo in the film remake Flatliners.
In March 2018, Dobrev was cast in the role of Clem in the comedy Fam, a CBS television pilot that was picked up to series in May 2018. The sitcom premiered January 10, 2019. On May 10, 2019, the series was cancelled after one season. Dobrev starred as Chloe in the Roger Avary thriller Lucky Day, released 2019. In 2019, she joined the cast of the film Run This Town, which was released in March 2020. In July 2020, it was announced that Dobrev would star in and serve as executive producer for a television adaptation of the Woman 99 book series.
Dobrev is a dual citizen of Canada and Bulgaria. She speaks fluent English and Bulgarian, and is conversant in French. While filming The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev lived in Atlanta, but moved to Los Angeles after leaving the series in 2015.
Activism and charity
Dobrev is an enthusiastic volunteer and uses her reputation to support many charitable causes, including Puma's 2011 non-profit Project Pink, which supports numerous breast cancer charities, and Hunger Bites, an organization that is dedicated to reducing hunger in 27 districts across Pennsylvania. Dobrev is also recognized for her long-term involvement with the WE movement, a Canadian-based charity which empowers youth to be agents of change. Dobrev took part in a Me to We volunteer trip to Kenya to help build a school. She hosted the We Day event in Toronto n 2011 and made an appearance on stage at WE Day California 2019. Other social and charity issues Dobrev has been involved with include communities in schools, school supplies, Elton John AIDS Foundation and "Rape Foundation", which gives comprehensive care to rape victims and sexually abused children.
|2006||Repo! The Genetic Opera||Teenage zydrate addict|
|2007||Away from Her||Monica|
|How She Move||Tall girl in bathroom|
|2008||Mookie's Law||Rosabella Bulut||Short film|
|You Got That Light||Girl||Short film|
|2012||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Candace Kelmeckis|
|2014||Let's Be Cops||Josie|
|2015||The Final Girls||Vicki Summers|
|XXX: Return of Xander Cage||Becky Clearidge|
|Then Came You||Izzy||previously titled Arrivals and Departures|
|Run This Town||Ashley Pollock|
|Love Hard||Natalie Bauer|||
|TBA||Sick Girl||Wren Pepper||Also executive producer|
|2006||Playing House||Young Frannie McKenzie||Television film|
|2006–2009||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Mia Jones||Recurring role (season 6); main role (seasons 7–8); guest star (season 9)|
|2007||My Daughter's Secret||Justine Dysert||Television film|
|Too Young to Marry||Jessica Carpenter||Television film|
|2008||The American Mall||Ally Shepherd||Television film|
|The Border||Stephenie||Episodes: "Blowback", "Articles of Faith"|
|Never Cry Werewolf||Loren Hansett||Television film|
|2009||Degrassi Goes Hollywood||Mia Jones||Television film|
|Eleventh Hour||Grace Dahl||Episode: "Eternal"|
|2009–2015; 2017||The Vampire Diaries||Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce / Amara||Lead role (seasons 1–6); guest star (season 8)|
|2009||Merry Madagascar||Cupid the Reindeer||Christmas special; voice role|
|2011||Family Guy||Lois' high school bully||Voice role; episode: "Trading Places"|
|The Super Hero Squad Show||Ellen||Voice role; episode: "This Man-Thing, This Monster!"|
|2014||The Originals||Tatia||Episode: "Red Door"|
|Robot Chicken||Cortana / Abby / Jenny Curran||Voice role; episode: "Panthropologie"|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Tim Tebow vs. Nina Dobrev"|
|2009||"You Got That Light"||Wade Allain-Marcus & David Baum|||
Awards and nominations
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Choice TV Breakout Star – Female||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Young Hollywood Awards||Cast to Watch (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Making Their Mark||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Hottie – Female||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|||
|Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Choice Vampire||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|||
|2012||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Drama Actress||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble Performance||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|2013||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramatic TV Actress||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|2014||mtvU Fandom Awards||Ship of the Year (with Ian Somerhalder)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Young Hollywood Awards||Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Fan Favorite Actor – Female||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|||
|2015||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|||
|Favorite TV Duo (with Ian Somerhalder)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|Choice TV: Liplock (with Ian Somerhalder)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|||
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||XXX: Return of Xander Cage||Nominated|||
|2019||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Comedy||Fam||Won|||
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