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Kat Graham
Katerina Graham 2009.jpg
Graham in 2009
Born(1989-09-05) September 5, 1989 (age 25)
Geneva, Switzerland
Other namesKaterina Graham
OccupationActress, singer, dancer, model
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Cottrell Guidry (2008–2014)[1]
Musical career
GenresR&B, pop, hip hop, soul, dance
Years active2002–present
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Kat Graham
Katerina Graham 2009.jpg
Graham in 2009
Born(1989-09-05) September 5, 1989 (age 25)
Geneva, Switzerland
Other namesKaterina Graham
OccupationActress, singer, dancer, model
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Cottrell Guidry (2008–2014)[1]
Musical career
GenresR&B, pop, hip hop, soul, dance
Years active2002–present

Katerina Alexandre Hartford "Kat" Graham[2][3] (born September 5, 1989) is a Swiss-born American actress, model, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role of Bonnie Bennett on The CW television series The Vampire Diaries.[4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

Graham was born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Joseph, is of Americo-Liberian descent, and her mother, Natasha, is Jewish (from a family from Russia and Poland).[7] Graham's father was a music executive and the godfather of two of Quincy Jones' children. Her paternal grandfather was a UN Ambassador, serving for 40 years in the Netherlands, Sweden, Romania, and Kenya.[8] Her parents divorced when she was five.[9] She has a half-brother, Yakov, born in Tel Aviv, Israel.[8] Graham was raised in her mother's Jewish religion[10] and attended Hebrew school.[11]


Commercials and dancing[edit]

Graham began her career in the entertainment industry at age six.[2] Over the next eight years, she appeared in various commercials, including those for Barbie, K-Mart, Pop Tarts, and Edison. At the age of 15, Graham caught the eye of choreographer Fatima Robinson, and was asked to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for lil' Bow Wow. Graham followed her BET Awards appearance with work as a background dancer for Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Jamie Foxx, and choreographers Hi-Hat and Michael Rooney.[12] At 17, Graham participated in a national marketing campaign to advertise Coca-Cola's soft drink Fanta. Graham appeared in the marketing campaign as a member of the "Fantanas", known as Capri, also known as Strawberry.[13][14] Graham has appeared in various music videos, including Akon's "Lonely", Christina Millian's "Dip It Low", Justin Bieber and Usher's "Somebody to Love (Remix)", 112's "What If", John Legend's "Used to Love U", B2K's "Why I Love You", Musiq Soulchild's "B.U.D.D.Y.", and Nelly's "Just A Dream" and Diddy – Dirty Money with Usher "Looking for Love".[15][16]

Television and film[edit]

In 2002, Graham made her television debut on the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire. Graham went on to appear on various television shows, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The O.C., Malcolm In The Middle, Joan of Arcadia, Grounded For Life, and Greek.[17] In 2008, she appeared in three episodes of the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana playing the role of a girlfriend to the character Jackson Stewart. Graham has also had notable supporting roles in films such as 17 Again and The Roommate.[18][19] In December 2008 Graham began filming sci-fi dance film Boogie Town in Los Angeles, California. Filming on the film was put on hold that same month due to payroll issues with background performers. In April 2009 principal photography was stopped due to schedule conflicts with some of her cast mates and other projects. The film is set in a futuristic New York City in 2015 where dance battles are permanently banned. Graham plays the role of Ingrid. The film was set to be released in theaters worldwide October 2011, however it was set to be originally released in June 2009.

In March 2009, Graham was cast in The CW supernatural drama television series The Vampire Diaries based on the book series of the same name. Graham portrays the role of Bonnie Bennett a teenage witch and is considered her breakout role. The series premiered on September 10, 2009 to 4.91 million viewers and received praise for the series progression from critics. In May 2012 the series was renewed for the shows fourth season. In 2011 Graham won "Scene Stealer Female" at the Teen Choice Awards for her role on the show.[17] In August 2010 The Hollywood Reporter announced Graham was cast in the Universal Pictures Dance Drama film Honey 2. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Honey. The film follows a troubled teenager and aspiring dancer whom joins a dance crew. The film was released theatrically in selected countries for a limited release and went on to make over $8 million worldwide. In June 2011 the film was released Straight-to-DVD in North America to negative reviews from critics though Graham's performance and dancing was praised. That same year Graham starred in another Dance film this time a Kung Fu Dance Action film called Dance Fu in which Graham appeared as the female lead.[20]


In 2002, she wrote a song entitled "Derailed", which was featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damme film of the same title.[21] In 2006 Graham pursued a career as a musical artist. Graham found her break in 2007 when she was featured on "The Donque Song" and "I Got It From My Mama" on Grammy Award Winner singer/rapper will.i.am's third studio album Songs About Girls.[22] The move saw Graham embark on a world tour with The Black Eyed Peas as a supporting act for the Black Blue & You Tour. In April 2010, the song "My Boyfriends Back" released on YouTube and got over 1 million views In October 2010 Graham released her debut single "Sassy". A music video for the song premiered that same month, but the track performed poorly and it failed to chart.[23][24] She then went on to release covers of artists such as Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul which garnered Graham the attention of Paula who praised her cover.[25][26] Graham contributed a cover of the Garbage song "Only Happy When It Rains" to The Vampire Diaries soundtrack. The song premiered in December 2010 in an episode of the series titled "The Sacrifice".[27] In March 2011, Graham released another single titled "I Want It All". The music video premiered in May 2011.

In February 2012, Graham signed a recording contract with A&M Octone Records which was marked as her first major label signing. In March 2012 Graham released "Put Your Graffiti On Me", which premiered on PerezHilton.com. The song itself received positive reviews from critics. That same month, the official music video premiered and as of October 19, 2012 has reached 4,843,458 views on YouTube. The song peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[28] On May 29 Graham performed the track on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. This was marked as her first televised musical performance ever. On that same day Graham released her first EP Against The Wall which debuted at #54 on the iTunes Music Album Chart.[29] Graham is currently[when?] in the process of recording her debut album. The second single taken from her debut EP is the track "Wanna Say". The music video was directed by Benny Boom and produced by London Alley.[30] She also appeared on the song "Dog Day Afternoon" from the Ras Kass & Doc Hollywood free collaborative digital album Spit No Evil. On June 25, 2013, Graham gave the opportunity to five fans to release the name of her new single on Twitter, and released the single premiere of "Power" at Billboard.com the next day. "Power" is said to be the lead single from her debut album, which currently does not have a release date.[31]


Graham cites Tupac Shakur,[32] Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Rihanna, and Nelly Furtado, as music influences.[citation needed] In addition, her other music inspirations include Destiny's Child and The Beatles.[33][34] Graham also cites The Spice Girls as influences on her work and aesthetic.[3][34] She describes her sound as "vintage 90's with a modern twist."[35]

Personal life[edit]

Graham speaks English, Spanish, and French, as well as some Hebrew and Portuguese.[11]

She is a supporter of LGBT rights.[9]

Graham has been dating Cottrell Guidry since 2008.[3] The couple were engaged on October 28, 2012.[36][37] The couple have split and they called off their engagement on December 12, 2014.[1]


1998The Parent TrapJackieTheatrical film
2004Johnson Family VacationDancerTheatrical film
2007Hell on EarthFeliciaTelevision movie
2008Our First ChristmasBernieTelevision movie
200917 AgainJamieTheatrical film
2011The RoommateKim JohnsonTheatrical film
2011Honey 2Maria RamirezStraight-to-DVD
2011Dance FuChaka LovebellStraight-to-DVD
2014AddictedDiamondTheatrical film
2002Lizzie McGuirePosse Member #2Episode: "You're a Good Man, Lizzie McGuire"
2003Strong MedicineAshley CollinsEpisode: "Degeneration"
2003Malcolm in the MiddleActressEpisode: "Watching the Baby"
2004Joan of ArcadiaAngelaEpisode: "No Bad Guy"
2004Like FamilyGirlEpisode: "Romancing the Home"
2004Grounded for LifeLauraEpisode: "Psycho Therapy"
2006The O.C.KimEpisode: "The Undertow"
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTishaEpisode: "Poppin' Tags"
2007GreekDancerEpisode: "The Rusty Nail"
2008Hannah MontanaAllisonEpisode: "No Sugar, Sugar" (canceled)
Episode: "You Never Give Me My Money"
Episode: "Jake... Another Little Piece of My Heart"
Episode: "Uptight (Oliver's All Right)"
2009–presentThe Vampire DiariesBonnie BennettMain role
2012RidiculousnessHerselfSpecial Guest
Episode: "2.12"
2012Oh Sit!HerselfMusical Guest
Episode: "1.10"
2013The Show with VinnyHerselfSpecial Guest
Episode: "1.7"
2014Whose Line Is It Anyway?HerselfSpecial Guest
Episode: "10.1"



TitleYearPeak chart positions
US Heat
The Remixes
Against the Wall4
Wanna Say (Remixes)


YearSongPeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS Dance
2010"I Want It All"Non-album single
"Cold Hearted Snake"
2012"Put Your Graffiti On Me"5Against the Wall
"Wanna Say"25

Featured singles[edit]

YearSongPeak chart positionsAlbum
2007"I Got It from My Mama"
(will.i.am featuring Katerina Graham) 1
3138Songs About Girls
"One More Chance"
(will.i.am featuring Katerina Graham) 1
"The Donque Song"
(will.i.am featuring Katerina Graham and Snoop Dogg) 1
2011"Sure Thing (Remix)"
(Miguel featuring Katerina Graham)
Non-album single
2012"Dog Day Afternoon"
(Ras Kass & Doc Hollywood featuring Katerina Graham and Dirt Nasty)
Spit No Evil

Music videos[edit]

"Boom Kat"[38]2009Promo use onlyGarrison Dean
"My Boyfriend's Back"[39]Kevin Boston
"I Want It All"[40]2010Non-album singleLance Drake
"Sassy"[41]Paul Hogan & Adam Forstadt
"Cold Hearted Snake"[42]Kevin Boston
"Somebody to Love"[43]My World 2.0Dave Meyers
"Just a Dream"[44]Just a Dream"Sanji"
"Put Your Graffiti on Me"[45]2012Against the Wall – EPBenny Boom
"Wanna Say"[46]2013Against the Wall – EP/ Wanna Say – EP
"Power" – Lyric Video[47]TBAByron Atienza
"Really Don't Care"[49]2014DemiRyan Pallotta
Participation in Music Videos as actress, dancer, singer, etc.
TitleYearOther(s) Artist(s)Director
"Why I Love You"[50]2002B2KErik White
"Slaker"Tech N9neBen Mor
"No L.O.V.E."Jhené
"Wanna B Where U R"2003Floetry Ft. Mos DefNzingha Stewart
"The Way I Am"2004Knoc-turn'al Ft. Snoop Dogg
"Salt Shaker"Ying Yang TwinsNzingha Stewart
"Lonely"2005AkonGil Green
"What you Want"2006FrontlineRock Jacobs
"B.U.D.D.Y."2007Musiq SoulchildSanaa Hamri
"Siempre Ausente"2008AkwidKetay/ Maximo
"One More Chance"Will.i.amScott Speer
"What If"2009112Fat Cats
"Used to Love U"John LegendBen Mor
"Somebody to Love (Remix)"[43]2010Justin Bieber Feat. UsherDave Meyers
"Just a Dream"[44]NellySanji
"Looking For Love"2011Diddy Dirty Money Feat. UsherColin Tilley
"Broken Down"Kevin HammondTim Nackashi
"Black and Jewish (Black and Yellow Parody)"[51]Katerina Graham Feat. Kali HawkJames Davis/ Rachel Goldenberg
"Really Don't Care"[49]2014Demi Lovato feat. Cher LloydRyan Pallotta


Awards and nominations[edit]

2010Teen Choice AwardsScene Stealer FemaleThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2011Teen Choice AwardsThe Vampire DiariesWon
Youth Rock AwardsRockin' Actress (TV)The Vampire DiariesNominated
2012Teen Choice AwardsActress Fantasy/Sci-FiThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2013Teen Choice AwardsThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2014Teen Choice AwardsThe Vampire DiariesNominated
Black Women in Film AssociationCreative Award[52]Contributions in the industryWon


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