Nina Dobrev

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Nina Dobrev, is a Bulgarian-Canadian female actor and model. She is famous for her role in Degrassi: The Next Generation, as Mia Jones and is infamous as a cast member in the supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, as Elena Gilbert since 2009. Her tenure in the show has brought her unprecedented success as she has received around 19 award nominations from various publications for numerous categories and has won 14 of these said accolades, including People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Drama Actress.

Born as Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva in Sofia, Bulgaria on January 9, 1989 to  Konstantin Dobrev and Mihaela Dobreva, Nina Dobrev is youngest of two children. She moved to Ontario, Canada at the age of two years and was raised there. Throughout school, Dobrev attended jazz and ballet classes and also took part in rhythmic gymnastics. She then continued her education by attending the arts program Arts In Scarborough, Ontario at Wexford Collegiate School and finally majoring in sociology from Ryerson University in Toronto. However, she abandoned her studies in late 2008, in order to pursue a more focused career in acting and modeling and has thus taken a series of acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios, Toronto. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where the filming of The Vampire Diaries takes place. She had been previously dating her The Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder, however the two broke in May 2013.

Dobrev has starred in a number of feature films such as Away From Her (2006), Playing House (2006), How She Move (2007), The Poet (2007), Too Young to Marry (2007), Fugitive Pieces (2007), My Daughter’s Secrets (2007), Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), Never Cry Werewolf (2008), The American Mall (2008), Mookie’s Law (2008), You Got That Light (2009), Degrassi Goes Hollywood (2009), Chloe (2009), Roommate (2011), Arena (2011), The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012), Let’s Be Cops (2014) and The Final Girls (2015).

However, her real breakthrough came through the role of Elena Gilbert in the supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. She continues to play the character to date, being a series regular as well as a pivotal character. Her other films such as Chloe and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower were also commercially successful and garnered praise for her performances and strength in the overall productions. In 2014, she worked with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. for the Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops. Her latest movie, The Final Girls, is currently in post production and aiming to be released in mid to late 2015.


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