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Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev at SDCC 2014 for "Let's Be Cops" by Gage Skidmore 05.jpg
Dobrev in 2014
Native name Николина Константинова Добрева
Born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
(1989-01-09) January 9, 1989 (age 27)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Nationality Canadian and Bulgarian
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2006–present

Nina Dobrev (born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva, Bulgarian: Николина Константинова Добрева; January 9, 1989)[1] is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model.[2][3] She portrayed Mia Jones on the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2006–09), and then played the role of Elena Gilbert on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–15). Dobrev has also starred in the 2012 drama film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2014 comedy Let's Be Cops, and the 2015 horror comedy The Final Girls.

Early life[edit]

Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, as Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (Bulgarian: Николина Константинова Добрева), and moved to Canada at the age of two, where she was raised in Toronto, Ontario.[4] She speaks fluent English and Bulgarian.[5] She has an older brother, Aleksandar Dobrev. Her father, Konstantin Dobrev, is a computer specialist, and her mother, Mihaela Dobreva (née Radeva), is an artist.[4]

Dobrev attended J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School, where she started ballet and jazz classes, and competed in rhythmic gymnastics.[4] Then, she attended the arts program at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough, Ontario, and Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in sociology. She left in 2008 to pursue her acting career. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto.[6]


Dobrev at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011

Dobrev has appeared in a number of feature films, including Fugitive Pieces, Away from Her, Never Cry Werewolf, and the teen television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She also starred in a number of Lifetime original movies. In 2007 she appeared in the music video of You Got That Light performed by Wade Allain-Marcus and David Baum. She also had a role in the MTV film The American Mall.

Dobrev subsequently starred in The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries, a television adaptation of the book series of the same name, playing the role of Elena Gilbert.[7] She then had a minor role in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[8] The film had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever.[9]

In April 2011, Dobrev was cast as Candace Kelmeckis in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Paul Rudd.[10] In August 2014, she starred alongside Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in the 20th Century Fox comedy Let's Be Cops.[11]

On April 6, 2015, Dobrev announced via Instagram that she would be leaving The Vampire Diaries after season six ended.[12] Dobrev played the role of Vicki Summers in the 2015 horror comedy film The Final Girls.[13] The film received critical acclaim upon its release. In September 2015, Dobrev was cast in the film Arrivals, opposite Asa Butterfield and Maisie Williams, portraying the role of flight attendant Izzy.[14] The same year, she was cast in the romantic comedy Crash Pad, alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Christina Applegate, which began filming in Vancouver in fall 2015.[15]

In April 2016, it was announced that she had officially joined the cast of the action film sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Repo! The Genetic Opera Teenage Zydrate Addict Short film
2006 Away from Her Monica
2007 How She Move Tall Girl in Bathroom
2007 The Poet Rachel
2007 Too Young to Marry Jessica Carpenter
2007 Fugitive Pieces Bella
2008 Mookie's Law Rosabella Short film
2009 You Got That Light Girl Short film
2009 Chloe Anna
2011 The Roommate Maria
2011 Arena Lori Lord
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Candace Kelmeckis
2014 Let's Be Cops Josie
2015 The Final Girls Vicki Summers
2016 Crash Pad Hannah In post-production
2017 xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Becky Clearidge In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Playing House Young Frannie McKenzie Movie
2006–09 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mia Jones 52 episodes
2007 My Daughter's Secret Justine Dysert Movie
2008 The Border Maia 2 episodes
2008 Never Cry Werewolf Loren Hansett Movie
2008 The American Mall Ally Shepherd Movie
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Mia Jones Movie
2009 Eleventh Hour Grace Dahl Episode: "Eternal"
2009 Merry Madagascar Cupid the Reindeer (voice) Christmas special
2009–15 The Vampire Diaries Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce Main role (133 episodes)
2011 Family Guy Lois' High School Bully (voice) Episode: "Trading Places"
2011 The Super Hero Squad Show Ellen (voice) Episode: "This Man-Thing, This Monster!"
2014 The Originals Tatia Episode: "Red Door"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star – Female The Vampire Diaries Won [17]
Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [17]
Young Hollywood Awards Making Their Mark Won [18]
Cast to Watch (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) Won [18]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [19]
Choice Hottie – Female Nominated [20]
Choice Vampire Nominated [21]
2012 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress Won [22]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [23]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Performance The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won [24]
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated [25]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [26]
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [27]
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [27]
mtvU Fandom Awards Ship Of The Year (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [28]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won
Young Hollywood Awards Fan Favorite Actor – Female Nominated [29]
Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) Won [29]
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [30]
Favorite TV Duo (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [30]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [31]
Choice TV: Liplock (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [31]


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