Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian born actress who is best known for starring in the hit CW show, The Vampire Diaries Nina, born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva, appeared in several film and television roles before her first episode of The Vampire Diaries.
Her filmography includes roles in the films Away from Her, How She move, the Poet, Fugitive Pieces, and Repo! The Genetic Opera, and Playing House. In 2006, she landed the role of Mia Jones in Degrassi: The Next Generation and remained in the show from 2006 until 2009.
In 2009, she was cast as Elena Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries—and from there, the rest is history. Nina Dobrev has made a name for herself as one of the strongest actors in the series, capable of playing not one, not two, but three different roles. Each role is so distinct that it is easy to forget they are being played by the same actress. It is Nina Dobrev’s wonderful performance that truly makes the show one of the best on the CW and on television.
The three roles that Nina Dobrev has played in the show are Elena Gilbert, a high school student who falls in love with a vampire and finds the her life is never the same; Katerina Petrova, known as Katherine to most characters, a witch who becomes a vampire and haunts the immortal lives of several of the show’s characters; and most recently, Amara, the first immortal woman in the history of the world.
Dobrev is able to show a wide range of skills in her performances as each of these characters. As Elena, Nina is able to showcase her ability to portray an everyday teenage girl next door, but also a young woman who experiences things that would leave most people completely shattered and who—in recent seasons—has become what she always feared: a vampire. As Katherine, Dobrev portrays an antagonistic yet charismatic woman who takes no shame in living for herself yet strives to hide her own emotions and remnants of humanity that can cause her to feel pain and regret. As Amara, Dobrev is able to portray an immortal character with a heartbreaking, overarching love story that causes her—and all her descendants—to be cursed.
Which role is Dobrev’s favorite? In many interviews, it is the wily Katherine—who is “fun to play.” Hop over here to watch the Vampire Diaries and other great programming on Charter Cable TV.