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

Early life

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]


Graham in 2015 promoting The Vampire Diaries.

Commercials and dancing

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 age 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

In 2002, Graham made her television debut on the Disney Channel teen sitcom 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. In 2008, she appeared in three episodes of the Disney Channel sitcom 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.[17][18] 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 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.[citation needed] 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.[19]


In 2002, she wrote a song entitled "Derailed", which was featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damme film of the same title.[20] 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 singer/rapper will.i.am's third studio album Songs About Girls.[21] 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.[22][23] 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.[24][25] 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".[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30] As stated on Billboard.com, Graham also released a new single titled "1991" on March 10, 2015.[31]


Graham cites Tupac Shakur,[32]Mariah Carey, 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

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

Graham started dating Cottrell Guidry in 2008 and got engaged with him on October 28, 2012.[36] They split and called off their engagement on December 12, 2014.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Parent Trap Jackie Theatrical film
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Dancer Theatrical film
2007 Hell on Earth Felicia Television movie
2008 Our First Christmas Bernie Television movie
2009 17 Again Jamie Theatrical film
2011 The Roommate Kim Johnson Theatrical film
2011 Honey 2 Maria Ramirez Straight-to-DVD
2011 Dance Fu Chaka Lovebell Straight-to-DVD
2012 Bleachers Melanie Pre-production
2014 Addicted Diamond Theatrical film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Lizzie McGuire Posse Member #2 Episode: "You're a Good Man, Lizzie McGuire"
2003 Strong Medicine Ashley Collins Episode: "Degeneration"
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Actress Episode: "Watching the Baby"
2004 Joan of Arcadia Angela Episode: "No Bad Guy"
2004 Like Family Girl Episode: "Romancing the Home"
2004 Grounded for Life Laura Episode: "Psycho Therapy"
2006 The O.C. Kim Episode: "The Undertow"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tisha Episode: "Poppin' Tags"
2007 Greek Dancer Episode: "The Rusty Nail"
2008 Hannah Montana Allison Episode: "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–present The Vampire Diaries Bonnie Bennett Main role; 3rd official main role from Season 7 onward
2012 Ridiculousness Herself Special Guest
Episode: "2.12"
2012 Oh Sit! Herself Musical Guest
Episode: "1.10"
2013 The Show with Vinny Herself Special Guest
Episode: "1.7"
2014 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Special Guest
Episode: "10.1"
2015 Stalker Christine Harper Episode: "Love Kills"



Title Year Peak chart positions
US Heat
The Remixes
Against the Wall 4
Wanna Say (Remixes)
  • Released: October 30, 2012
  • Label: A&M/Octone Records
  • Format: Digital download


Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US US Dance
2010 "I Want It All" Non-album single
"Cold Hearted Snake"
2012 "Put Your Graffiti On Me" 5 Against the Wall
"Wanna Say" 25
2013 "Power" TBA
2015 "1991" TBA

Featured singles

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
2007 "I Got It from My Mama"
(will.i.am featuring Katerina Graham) 1
31 38 Songs 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
  • 1: Not credited for her part in the song.

Music videos

Title Year Album Director
"Boom Kat"[37] 2009 Promo use only Garrison Dean
"My Boyfriend's Back"[38] Kevin Boston
"I Want It All"[39] 2010 Non-album single Lance Drake
"Sassy"[40] Paul Hogan & Adam Forstadt
"Cold Hearted Snake"[41] Kevin Boston
"Somebody to Love"[42] My World 2.0 Dave Meyers
"Just a Dream"[43] Just a Dream "Sanji"
"Put Your Graffiti on Me"[44] 2012 Against the Wall – EP Benny Boom
"Wanna Say"[45] 2013 Against the Wall – EP/ Wanna Say – EP
"Power" – Lyric Video[46] TBA Byron Atienza
"Really Don't Care"[48] 2014 Demi Ryan Pallotta
"1991" 2015 TBA Dano Cerny
Participation in music videos as actress, dancer, singer, etc.
Title Year Other(s) artist(s) Director
"Why I Love You" 2002 B2K Erik White
"Slacker" Tech N9ne Ben Mor
"No L.O.V.E." Jhené
"Wanna B Where U R" 2003 Floetry Ft. Mos Def Nzingha Stewart
"The Way I Am" 2004 Knoc-turn'al Ft. Snoop Dogg
"Salt Shaker" Ying Yang Twins Nzingha Stewart
"Lonely" 2005 Akon Gil Green
"What you Want" 2006 Frontline Rock Jacobs
"B.U.D.D.Y." 2007 Musiq Soulchild Sanaa Hamri
"Siempre Ausente" 2008 Akwid Ketay/ Maximo
"One More Chance" Will.i.am Scott Speer
"What If" 2009 112 Fat Cats
"Used to Love U" John Legend Ben Mor
"Somebody to Love (Remix)"[42] 2010 Justin Bieber Feat. Usher Dave Meyers
"Just a Dream"[43] Nelly Sanji
"Looking For Love" 2011 Diddy Dirty Money Feat. Usher Colin Tilley
"Broken Down" Kevin Hammond Tim Nackashi
"Black and Jewish (Black and Yellow Parody)"[49] Katerina Graham Feat. Kali Hawk James Davis/ Rachel Goldenberg
"Really Don't Care"[48] 2014 Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd Ryan Pallotta


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Scene Stealer Female The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards The Vampire Diaries Won
Youth Rock Awards Rockin' Actress (TV) The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Black Women in Film Association Creative Award[50] Contributions in the industry Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Nominated


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