Nina Dobrev is a Canadian actress who goes by the stage name Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva. In the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation, she played Mia Jones for the first time. On The CW’s supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries, she played Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce. Dobrev has also appeared in several feature films, including the 2012 coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2014 action comedy Let’s Be Cops, the 2015 horror comedy The Final Girls, the 2017 action thriller XXX: Return of Xander Cage, and the 2017 science-fiction drama Flatliners.
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She was born Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva in Sofia, Bulgaria, and came to Toronto, Ontario, with her family when she was two years old. Michaela Dobreva is an artist and her father, Kamen Dobrev, is a computer specialist. She has a sibling who is older than her. Dobrev started ballet and jazz classes at Vradenburg Junior Public School and participated in rhythmic gymnastics at J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School. She studied acting at Toronto’s Armstrong Acting Studios. Dobrev went on to Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough, where she studied art until her senior year.
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