Nina Dobrev (//; born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva; Bulgarian: Николина Константинова Добрева; January 9, 1989) is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress. She is known for portraying the role of Mia Jones in the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation and then Elena Gilbert on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries.
Dobrev at PaleyFest in 2014
|Born||Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
January 9, 1989
|Notable work||The Vampire Diaries|
|Home town||Toronto, Canada|
Dobrev has also starred in several feature films, including the 2012 coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2014 action comedy Let's Be Cops, 2015 horror comedy The Final Girls, 2017 action thriller xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
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. She has an older brother, Aleksandar Dobrev. Her father, Konstantin Dobrev, is a computer specialist, and her mother, Michaela Dobreva (née Radeva), is an artist.
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 subsequently 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 also played a series of dopplegangers of Elena on the series, most prominently 500-year old vampire Katherine Pierce. She crossed over to The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, as doppleganger 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 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.
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. In August 2014, she starred alongside Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in the 20th Century Fox comedy Let's Be Cops.
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, opposite Asa Butterfield and Maisie Williams, portraying the role of 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, alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Christina Applegate, which began filming in Vancouver in fall 2015.
In January 2016, it was announced that Dobrev was in talks to join the cast of the action film sequel xXx: Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson; the film was released January 20, 2017, with Dobrev playing the role of weapons specialist Becky Clearidge. In April of the same year, she was announced to be joining the 2017 film remake of Flatliners, opposite Ellen Page, playing the role an overachiever named Marlo.
|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|
|2009||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|
|2017||xXx: Return of Xander Cage||Becky Clearidge|
|TBA||Departures||Izzy||Filming; originally titled Arrivals|
|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|
|2009–2017||The Vampire Diaries||Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce / Amara||Lead role (seasons 1–6); uncredited voice role (season 7); guest star (season 8): 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"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||The Vampire Diaries||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Star – Female||Won|||
|Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Won|||
|Young Hollywood Awards||Making Their Mark||Won|||
|Cast to Watch (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder)||Won|||
|2011||The Vampire Diaries||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Won|||
|Choice Hottie – Female||Nominated|||
|2012||The Vampire Diaries||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Won|||
|The Perks of Being a Wallflower||San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble Performance||Won|||
|2013||The Vampire Diaries||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramatic TV Actress||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Won|||
|2014||The Vampire Diaries||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Nominated|||
|Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder)||Won|||
|mtvU Fandom Awards||Ship Of The Year (with Ian Somerhalder)||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Won|||
|Young Hollywood Awards||Fan Favorite Actor – Female||Nominated|||
|Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder)||Won|||
|2015||The Vampire Diaries||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Nominated|||
|Favorite TV Duo (with Ian Somerhalder)||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Won|||
|Choice TV: Liplock (with Ian Somerhalder)||Won|||
|2017||xXx: Return of Xander Cage||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||Nominated|||
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Nina Dobrev calls Atlanta home and stars in locally filmed "The Vampire Diaries."
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It's because, despite her nine years in the business, the sprawl of Los Angeles is new to her: She'll be living here full-time in just a few weeks but doesn't know the roads quite yet.
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