Nina Dobrev

Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva (Bulgarian: Николина Каменова Добрева, pronounced [ˈnikolinɐ ˈdɔbrɛvɐ]; born January 9, 1989[1]), known professionally as Nina Dobrev (/ˈdbrɛv/ DOH-brev), is a Canadian actress and model. 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.

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Dobrev in August 2018
Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva

(1989-01-09) January 9, 1989 (age 31)
Years active2006–present
Home townToronto, Canada

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.

She was born in Bulgaria but immigrated with her family to Canada at age two and grew up in Toronto.[2] She studied sociology at Ryerson University, but left early to pursue her acting career.

Early life

Dobrev was born Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva in Sofia, Bulgaria, and moved to Canada at age two, where she was raised in Toronto, Ontario.[2][3] She has an older brother, Aleksandar Dobrev. Her father, Kamen Dobrev, is a computer specialist and her mother, Michaela Dobreva (née Radeva), is an artist.[4]

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.[3] She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto.[5] Dobrev subsequently attended the arts program at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough[6] until her graduating year.

Dobrev entered post-secondary studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in Sociology,[7] though her pursuit of an acting career prevented her from graduating.[8]


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.[2] 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,[9] MTV's The American Mall,[10] 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.[2][11] Dobrev recurrently played a 500-year-old doppelgänger vampire named Katherine Pierce.[12] She played the Petrova dopplegänger progenitor Amara, also known as the world's first immortal, in season 5.[13] She crossed over to The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, as doppelgänger character Tatia, in an episode in 2014.[14] In April 2015, Dobrev announced via Instagram that she would be leaving The Vampire Diaries after portraying Elena for six seasons.[15] In January 2017, it was announced that Dobrev would return as Elena and Katherine in The Vampire Diaries series finale.[16]

Dobrev had a minor role in the erotic thriller Chloe,[2] theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[17] The film had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever.[18] She also had a small role in the 2011 film The Roommate.[19]

Dobrev at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2011

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.[20] In August 2014, she starred alongside Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in the 20th Century Fox comedy Let's Be Cops.[21][22]

Dobrev played the role of Vicki Summers in the 2015 horror comedy film The Final Girls.[23] In September 2015, Dobrev was cast in the film Arrivals, opposite Asa Butterfield and Maisie Williams, portraying the role of flight attendant Izzy;[24] the film was later retitled Departures, and was scheduled to go into production in April 2017.[25][26] 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.[27]

In 2017, Dobrev co-starred as weapons specialist Becky Clearidge in the action film sequel XXX: Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson;[28][29] the film was released January 20.[30] Also that year, Dobrev co-starred as Marlo in the film remake Flatliners, opposite Ellen Page.[31][32]

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.[33][34] The sitcom premiered January 10, 2019.[35] On May 10, 2019, the series was cancelled after one season.[36] Dobrev starred as Chloe in the Roger Avary thriller Lucky Day, released 2019.[37] In 2019, she joined the cast of the film Run This Town,[38][39] which was released in March 2020.[40]

Personal life

Dobrev speaks English, French and Bulgarian.[41] While filming The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev lived in Atlanta,[42] but moved to Los Angeles after leaving the series in 2015.[4]

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" organization that is dedicated to reducing hunger in 27 districts across Pennsylvania. Dobrev is also recognized for her long term involvement with 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[43] to help build a school.[44] She has hosted We Day event in Toronto back in 2011[45] and made an appearance on stage at WE Day California 2019.[46] Other social and charity issues Dobrev has been involved with include communities in Schools, school supplies, Elton John AIDS Foundation[47] and "Rape Foundation" which gives comprehensive care to rape victims and sexually abused children.[48]


Dobrev in 2012


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Repo! The Genetic Opera Teenage Zydrate Addict
2007 Away from Her Monica
How She Move Tall Girl in Bathroom
The Poet Rachel
Fugitive Pieces Bella
2008 Mookie's Law Rosabella Bulut Short film
2009 You Got That Light Girl Short film
Chloe Anna
2011 The Roommate Maria
Arena Lori Lord
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Candace Kelmeckis
2014 Let's Be Cops Josie
2015 The Final Girls Vicki Summers
2017 XXX: Return of Xander Cage Becky Clearidge
Crash Pad Hannah
Flatliners Marlo
2018 Dog Days Elizabeth
Then Came You Izzy previously titled Arrivals and Departures[25]
2019 Run This Town Ashley Pollock
Lucky Day Chloe [49][37]


Year Title Role Notes
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): 52 episodes
2007 My Daughter's Secret Justine Dysert Television film
Too Young to Marry Jessica Carpenter Television film
2008 The Border Stephenie Episodes: "Blowback", "Articles of Faith"
Never Cry Werewolf Loren Hansett Television film
The American Mall Ally Shepherd Television film
2009 Eleventh Hour Grace Dahl Episode: "Eternal"
Degrassi Goes Hollywood Mia Jones Television film
2009–2015, 2017 The Vampire Diaries Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce / Amara Lead role (seasons 1–6); uncredited voice role (season 7);[50] guest star (season 8):[16] 134 episodes
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 Robot Chicken Cortana / Abby / Jenny Curran Voice role; episode: "Panthropologie"
The Originals Tatia Episode: "Red Door"
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Tim Tebow vs. Nina Dobrev"
2017 Workaholics Courtnee Episode: "Termidate"
2019 Fam Clem Main role[34]

Music videos

Year Title Artist Ref.
2009 "You Got That Light" Wade Allain-Marcus & David Baum [51]
2018 "I'm Upset" Drake [52]

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Association Category Result Ref.
2010 The Vampire Diaries Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star – Female Won [53]
Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [53]
Young Hollywood Awards Making Their Mark Won [54]
Cast to Watch (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) Won [54]
2011 The Vampire Diaries Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [55]
Choice Hottie – Female Nominated [56]
Choice Vampire Nominated [57]
2012 The Vampire Diaries People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress Won [58]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [59]
The Perks of Being a Wallflower San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Performance Won [60]
2013 The Vampire Diaries People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated [61]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [62]
2014 The Vampire Diaries People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [63]
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [63]
mtvU Fandom Awards Ship of the Year (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [64]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [65]
Young Hollywood Awards Fan Favorite Actor – Female Nominated [66]
Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) Won [66]
2015 The Vampire Diaries People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [67]
Favorite TV Duo (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [67]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [68]
Choice TV: Liplock (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [68]
2017 XXX: Return of Xander Cage Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Nominated [69]
2019 Fam Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Comedy Won [70]


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