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Nina Dobrev was born January 9th, 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Dobrev moved to Toronto, Canada when she was two years old. A performance enthusiast, Nina displayed many talents for the arts and spent time performing dance, theatre, music, visual arts and gymnastics. Her modeling work led to appearances in commercials which soon led to auditions for bigger projects.
She first caught the public’s attention as the teen mom Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2006. That same year she was in the move Repo! The Genetic Opera with Paris Hilton and Paul Sorvino, the TV movie Playing House, and the critically acclaimed Sarah Polley film Away from Her with Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent.
A busy 2007 saw Nina in How She Move, The Poet, Too Young to Marry, My Daughter’s Secret and Fugitive Pieces, which starred Stephen Dillane and Rosamund Pike. In 2008, Dobrev made Never Cry Werewolf with Kevin Sorbo and the teen musical The American Mall.
After the 2009 TV movie Degrassi Goes Hollywood, Nina followed the path of fellow Degrassi alumni Shenae Grimes and left Canada for a show on the CW network. Nina was cast as Elena in The Vampire Diaries opposite Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.