Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev
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Nina Dobrev
Real name:
Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
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Birth date:
(35 y.o.)
Place of birth:
Sofia, Bulgaria
5'7 ft ()
121 lb (55 kg)
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The Biography of Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev (née Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva) is a Canadian actress of Bulgarian origin. In the past, she was a gymnast and a model. She is known from the series «The Vampire Diaries», and also from the movies «The Roommate», «The Perks of Being Wallflower», «Let’s Be Cops», «Flatliners». She won seven-time the Teen Choice Awards Prize and three-time the People’s Choice Awards (as at 2018). Net worth: $11 million.
“The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev
“The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev

Childhood and Family

Nina Dobrev was born on January 9, 1989, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her father, Konstantin Dobrev, was a programmer, and her mother, Michaela Dobreva (née Radeva), was an artist. Nina had an older brother, Alexander. When she was two years old, the family emigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto.
Nina’s baby picture
Nina’s baby picture
As a child, she was a mobile and artistic kid with a rich imagination. Later, she said: «When my mom would eventually meet some people, she’d find that I’d given them a fake name, a fake background, a fake everything. I was creating characters from when I was tiny. I thought it was fun to see how far I could go in convincing someone of something that wasn’t real. I found pleasure in it».
The little Nina Dobrev and her brother, Alexander
The little Nina Dobrev and her brother, Alexander
In school years, Nina engaged in ballet and jazz music and also successfully performed in rhythmic gymnastics competitions. She wanted to become a professional athlete, but providently abandoned her career in the major sport:
And then I went to the age when you pass the point of no return. I understood that I can’t get to the Olympics - a different level of competition. So I had to make a choice.
A sport built her character and that helped her later in the acting career: a rigorous regime, a habit of self-restraint, and perseverance. She graduated from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts and entered Ryerson University in Toronto in the Faculty of Sociology, but in 2008 she dropped out of the University for an acting career. For teaching acting, she had been attending Bill Armstrong’s Studio in Toronto.

Acting Career

The first serious actor's work of Nina Dobrev was a role in the teenage television series «Degrassi: The Next Generation», she had been shooting there from 2006 to 2009. In total, she had appeared in 52 episodes. Released in Canada, this series was shown in more than 140 countries around the world, but it became the most popular in the US. In parallel Nina played several small roles in the cinema («Playing House», «Away From Her», «How She Move», «Too Young to Marry», etc.), and also the main roles in the television films, such as «Never Cry Werewolf» (2008) and «The American Mall» (2008). According to, in 2009, Nina left the series «Degrassi: The Next Generation» and accepted an offer from the US: to play a major role in another series, which later made her widely known — «The Vampire Diaries», a screen version of Lisa Jane Smith novels. She got one of the key characters — Elena Gilbert.
Nina Dobrev in an image of Elena Gilbert
Nina Dobrev in an image of Elena Gilbert
Nina had been shooting in this television series from the first to the sixth seasons (from 2009 to 2015), and the seventh and eighth seasons came out without her. The series had deservedly high ratings and won many awards. Also, Nina Dobrev won the Teen Choice Award in the category «Choice TV Breakout Star – Female» in 2010, in the category «Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi» every year from 2010 to 2015 and in the category «Choice TV: Liplock (with Ian Somerhalder)» in 2015. In addition, she won the People's Choice Awards in the category «Favorite TV Drama Actress» in 2012 and in the category «Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder)» in 2014 and «Favorite TV Duo (with Ian Somerhalder)» in 2015.
Nina Dobrev on the set of “The Vampire Diaries”
Subsequently, Nina spoke very fondly about this job: «When we started shooting, all the actors, the film crew and I, had this instant connection and understanding of each other, the feeling that everything was going right. I just knew that everything will be fine and that will be for a long time. And my gut wasn’t wrong.»
Nina Dobrev in her youth and now
Nina Dobrev in her youth and now
But the year 2009 brought the young actress not only a starring role in «The Vampire Diaries», but also a participation in the wonderful psychological drama «Chloe» with thriller elements. In this movie also played Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, and Amanda Seyfried. Another serious work of Nina Dobrev in the big screen was participation in the independent action film «Arena» (2011), which critics considered as unsuccessful, despite the fact that it was shot with the fan favorites actor Samuel L. Jackson. The next film with her participation became very successful. It was the drama «The Perks of Being Wallflower» (2012) with Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson. Although in this movie Nina hadn’t secured a leading role, critics praised her playing in the cast. Even more successful was another movie with Nina Dobrev - a comedy «Let’s Be Cops» (2014). It has collected more than $ 138 million worldwide. On the set of this movie, Nina was allowed to come up with the features of the character and behavior of her heroine - the waitress - and that gave her great satisfaction. The actress claims that the heroine had many of the same features that Nina had, for example, «the habit of sniffing and awkwardness».
In the comedy “Let’s Be Cops” Nina plays a waitress
In the comedy “Let’s Be Cops” Nina plays a waitress
The slasher comedy film «The Final Girls» (2015) with Nina Dobrev is less well known to the public. It was released immediately on DVD, bypassing a wide release. Nevertheless, the next movie with her participation ended up very successful – an action film «xXx: Return of Xander Cage» (2017), the third part of the franchise «xXx» with Vin Diesel and Ruby Rose as starring.
Vin Diesel, Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose on the set of the 3rd part of “xXx”
Vin Diesel, Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose on the set of the 3rd part of “xXx”
For this work, the actress was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards in the category «Choice Movie Actress: Action», but lost the award to the increasingly popular Gal Gadot and her «Wonder Woman».
The shot from the movie “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”
The shot from the movie “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”
In 2017, the name of the actress again appeared on the posters because of the release of the science fiction psychological horror film «Flatliners» – a movie about medical students who decided to survive a clinical death. In this remake of the same title movie (1990), Nina played a leading role in the company of young actors Ellen Page, Diego Luna and James Norton.
Nina Dobrev in the movie “Flatliners”(2017)
Nina Dobrev in the movie “Flatliners”(2017)
Unfortunately, critics were merciless to this movie, calling it «dead on arrival on the screens». Nevertheless, the way about cash registered the film proved to be relatively successful. It had collected 45 million dollars with a budget of 19 million. Nina believed that it was her first serious and truly adult role in the cinema.

In 2018, Nina Dobrev worked in three films: the drama «Departures», together with the star of the «Game of Thrones» Maisie Williams; the thriller «Lucky Day» and the romantic comedy «Dog Days». She also participated in the fourth part of the franchise «xXx».

Personal life of Nina Dobrev

In 2011, Nina Dobrev began to date with her co-star from the series «The Vampire Diaries» Ian Somerhalder. In one of the interviews, she admitted that she was not going to start a relationship with any of her colleagues, but Ian just pushed her: «At that time, I was honestly sure that I should not go on dates with the guys from the work because it's unprofessional. But sometimes it's just impossible to deal with it".
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder had been dating
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder had been dating
In 2013, the couple broke up, and journalists called this separation «the most healthy in the acting environment». Nina commented on their braking up like this:
We broke up not because of something bad had happened or there was no love or friendship between us. I adore him, and we are still best friends. I think he is a wonderful person and he means a lot to me ...
After that Nina had a short affair with the participant of the show «Dancing with the Stars» Derek Haff, but their relations were finished in October 2013.

In 2015 - 2016, she had been dating actor Austin Stowell, but then she broke up with him. The reason for their separating was the incompatibility of their schedules due to intensive shooting in different geographical locations.
Ex-boyfriend of Nina Dobrev – Austin Stowell
Ex-boyfriend of Nina Dobrev – Austin Stowell
In 2017, people thought that Nina was together with a famous television actor Glen Powell, but there were no official statements on this subject. In November 2017, on the Internet appeared the photographs with publicist Gary Mantoosh, who maybe has become her new boyfriend. In the same year, lovers broke up.
On the picture: Nina Dobrev and Gary Mantoosh
On the picture: Nina Dobrev and Gary Mantoosh
In March 2020, the media reported that Nina Dobrev had a new boyfriend - snowboarder Sean White. In May of the same year, the actress confirmed this information and began to appear publicly with her new boyfriend. Nina speaks fluent English, French and Bulgarian. She loves domestic animals: for 18 years she had been living with her cat Lynx. She called him «soulmate». After her cat died in March 2017, Nina was very upset, and then she got a small dog and named Maverick - in honor of the character of the Tom Cruise in the cult film «Top Gun». «Maverick has brought me back to life», the actress said.
Nina’s pets: the cat Lynx and dog Maverick
Nina’s pets: the cat Lynx and dog Maverick
Nina leads a healthy lifestyle, regularly swims, dances, and does yoga. As a model, she is the official face of the brand «Reebok».

Nina Dobrev Now

In 2020, a new film with the participation of Nina Dobrev will be released - the picture Run This Town talks about the last days of Rob Ford as mayor of Toronto.
Like many other celebrities, she spent quarantine in the spring of 2020. The girl periodically shared news and told subscribers about her leisure at self-isolation.

  • As far as I know, now Nina is the brand ambassador for Reebok. In my opinion it`s strange combination...
    2021-04-26 16:23:41
  • Long time I didn`t see Nina on the screens, I`m interested if she is working now on something or not.
    2021-04-24 08:48:34
  • All the roles of Dobrev in a row what she played are pretty girls. But a serious and decent role she didn`t have.
    2021-02-16 20:15:57
  • I remember like all the girls wanted to look like Dobrev during The Vampire Diaries :)
    2021-02-11 16:33:01
  • Only because of The Vampire Diaries Nina is famous, otherwise she couldn`t be popular.
    2021-02-06 22:34:21