Born in Sofia, Bulgaria on January 9, 1989, Nina Dobrev’s full name is Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva. (Try saying that three times fast.)

When she was two, Nina’s parents moved their family (including her older brother, Alexander) to Toronto, Canada where Nina spent her childhood. She attended the Wexford Collegiate School in Scarborough, Ontario before enrolling at Ryerson University to study sociology.

Having already appeared in two seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation by 2008, Nina left the university to pursue acting full-time. The following year, Nina booked The Vampire Diaries, said goodbye to Canada, and called the United States home!  

As of now, Nina splits her time between Los Angeles and Atlanta, 30 minutes from the TVD set in Georgia.

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