Nina Dobrev born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva; January 9, 1989 is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress and model.

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She portrayed Mia Jones on the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2006–09), and then played the role of Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce on The CW’s supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–15, 2017).



Dobrev has also starred in several feature films, including the 2012 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 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 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 and Ryerson University, majoring in sociology.




She left in 2008 to pursue her acting career. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto.