Nina Dobrev (born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva Bulgarian: Николина Константинова Добрева; January 9, 1989) is aBulgarian Canadian actress and model. She played the role of Mia Jones on the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation in seasons six to nine (2006–09). She then played the role of Elena Gilbert on The CW‘s supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–15). Dobrev has also starred in the 2012 drama film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2014 comedy Let’s Be Cops, and the 2015 horror-comedy The Final Girls.
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 speaks fluent English and Bulgarian. She has an older brother, Aleksandar Dobrev. Her father, Konstantin Dobrev, is a computer specialist, and her mother, Mihaela Dobreva (née Radeva), is an artist.
Dobrev attended J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School, where she started ballet and jazz classes, and competed in rhythmic gymnastics.Then, she attended the arts program at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough, Ontario, and Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in sociology. She left in 2008 to pursue her acting career. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto.
Dobrev has appeared in a number of feature films, including Fugitive Pieces, Away from Her, Never Cry Werewolf, and the teen television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She also starred in a number of Lifetime original movies. In 2007 she appeared in the music video of You Got That Light performed by Wade Allain-Marcus and David Baum. She also was in the MTV movie The American Mall. She starred in The CW‘s supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, playing the role of Elena Gilbert, a girl loved by two vampire brothers,Stefan and Damon Salvatore. She also 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. In April 2011, Dobrev was cast as Candace 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. On April 6, 2015, Dobrev announced via Instagram that she would be leavingThe Vampire Diaries after season six ended. Dobrev played the role of Vicki Summers in the 2015 horror-comedy film The Final Girls. The film received critical acclaim upon its release.
In September 2015, Dobrev was cast in the film Arrivals, opposite Asa Butterfield and Maisie Williams, portraying the role of flight attendant Izzy. The same year, she was cast in the romantic comedy Crash Pad which began filming in Vancouver in fall 2015.