Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva or Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian model and actress. She was born in 9th January 1989 is Sofia, Bulgaria. She became famous for her role as Mia Jones in the television show Degrassi: The Next Generation. She is currently portraying the role of Katherine Pierce and Elena Gilbert in the famous American TV show, The Vampire Diaries.
Early and personal life
Nina Dobrev shifted to Canada, when she was just 2 year old. Her parents raised her in Toronto, Canada. She was born to Constantine Dobrev and Michaela Leveski Dobreva, a computer professional and an artist respectively.She can speak French, English and Bulgarian fluently. She has a sibling, Alexander Dobrev. She is trained in jazz and ballet from J.B. Tyrell Sr. Public School. Here she also took part in rhythmic gymnastics. While she was in Toronto, she attended Scarborough, Ontario based Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts and finally completed Sociology as her major from Ryerson University based in Toronto. In 2008, she left Toronto and came down to US to get established as an actress.
Career and recognition
Nina Dobrev started her career in the field of glamour as a model, which helped her to bag numerous commercial assignments. All these led her to film auditions which materialized finally when she got roles in mainstream movies like Away from her, Fugitive Pieces and Never Cry Werewolf. She also bagged a role in Degrassi: The Next Generation, a popular television drama series. She also featured in You Got That Light, a popular music video that was released in the year 2007. The video was performed by popular music duo David Baum and Wade Allain-Marcus. Apart from these, she also bagged a role in The American Mall, a movie based on CTV by MTV. She became popular in the small screen with her dual role in the series The Vampire Diaries as Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce. In the both the roles, she is a vampire in the backdrop of American Civil War.
Rise to fame and philanthropy
She was casted in the movie Chloe, an erotic thriller which was critically acclaimed and made her a familiar name in the movie industry. Though she had a minor role in this 2010 movie, she caught the attention of the fans and directors. This was one of the most celebrated and commercially successful movies of Atom Egoyan, who was the director.This movie was released theatrically by Sony Pictures and became one of the highlights of her career. Dobrev was also casted in the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, were she got the role of Candace alongside Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Paul Rudd. The movie was shot in Pennsylvania and launched in September 2012. Nina caught the attention of her fans when she featured in the Fun or Die music video alongside Nick Braun. Braun, Dobrev and Jewel Beats together composed the song and it was placed in the 188th position on the iTunes chart.
Nina Dobrev is an ambassador for Free the Children association and she co-hosted We Day, a special program organized by the association along with Joe Jonas.
- (2006) Repo! The Genetic Opera
- (2007) Away from Her
- (2007) How She Move
- (2007) The Poet
- (2007) Fugitive Pieces
- (2008) Mookie’s Law
- (2009) You Got That Light
- (2009) Chloe
- (2009 – 2017) The Vampire Diaries (TV)
- (2011) The Roommate
- (2011) Arena
- (2011) Family Guy (TV)
- (2012) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- (2014) Let’s Be Cops
- (2015) The Final Girls
- (2017) xXx: Return of Xander Cage
- (2017) Flatliners