Date of Birth: January 9, 1989
She may play an eternal damsel in distress torn between two vampire lovers on the TV series The Vampire Diaries but Nina Dobrev is taking a bite out of Hollywood and making people take notice.
Born Nina Constantinova Dobreva in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dobrev moved to Toronto, Canada when she was two. As a teenager, she was heavily involved in gymnastics, competing in international competitions.
From a young age, Dobrev was clearly a star in the making, showing a keen interest for the performing arts. She attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough before moving on to the Dean Armstrong Acting School, where she was discovered by Toronto-based acting agents. Dobrev started out in commercial modeling, which lead her to audition for film and television roles.
In 2006, she landed her first film role in the Sarah Polley-directed drama Away From Her, about a man coping with the institutionalization of his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer's.
That same year, she got her breakout role on the Canadian teen-soap Degrassi: The Next Generation as Mia Jones, an unwed teenage mother struggling to raise her daughter on her own. She was initially introduced as a minor recurring character but earned attention during a storyline involving the death of her first love interest, fan favorite, J.T. Yorke (Ryan Cooley). People liked what they saw and she ended up staying on the series for three seasons until 2009.
Dobrev made her stateside debut in the MTV television musical The American Mall, capitalizing on the High School Musical craze before appearing in bit parts in major movies such as Chloe, directed by Canadian Atom Egoyan and the 2011 psychological thriller The Roommate.
She catapulted into superstardom in 2009 when she won a lead role in the CW's bloodsucking drama, The Vampire Diaries, playing Elena Gilbert, an orphan caught in a love triangle between two vampire brothers. The role also required her to also take on the part of vindictive undead-baddie Katherine Pierce, and lead to her real-life relationship with co-star Ian Somerhalder.
Dobrev also stars in the coming-of-age drama, The Perks of Being a Wallflower alongside Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
How She Move
Away From Her