Born in Sofia, Bulgaria on January 9, 1989, actress Nina Dobrev is best-known for her roles on Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Vampire Diaries.
At the age of 2, Dobrev and her family relocated to Canada, where she attended J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School and Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough, Ontario. She later attended Ryerson University in Toronto, where she majored in sociology. In 2008, she left school to pursue a full-time acting career.
After portraying Mia Jones on Degrassi for three years, Dobrev landed several small TV roles before breaking into the American market with 2008's American Mall, a Nickelodeon film in the vein of High School Musical. The following year, Dobrev was cast as a lead in The CW's Vampire Diaries, opposite Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.
Despite their 10-year age difference, Dobrev and Somerhalder began quietly dating in 2010. They split in May 2013.