Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham is an American actress, singer, dancer and model. She is widely known for her role as Bonnie Bennett on The CW supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017). Her film credits include The Parent Trap (1998), 17 Again (2009), The Roommate (2011), Honey 2 (2011), Addicted (2014), and All Eyez on Me (2017). In music, Graham was previously signed to A&M/Octone and Interscope Records, and has released two extended plays and two studio albums.
Nick Name Kat, KG
Years active 1998–present
Born: September 05, 1989, 1824 years old and 8 months, Geneva, Switzerland
Sun Sign Virgo
Hair Color Kat has dyed her hair blonde. She has naturally black hair.
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 34-23-33 in or 86-58.5-84 cm
Bra Size 34B
Genre Pop, pop/ rock, RandB, dance, soul
Labels AandM / Octone, Interscope Records
Kat attended Hebrew school and is a high school dropout.
Father – Joseph Graham (Music Executive) (Americo-Liberian descent)
Mother – Natasha Graham (Russian, and Polish descent)
Siblings – Yakov (Half Brother) (Born in Israel)
Kato mother is Jewish.
Race / Ethnicity
She is half Liberian and half Russian.
Barbie, Coca-Cola, Kmart, Pop Tarts
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). Graham 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. Her parents divorced when she was five. She has a half-brother, Yakov, born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Graham was raised in her mother Jewish religion and attended Hebrew school.
Commercials and dancing
Graham began her career in the entertainment industry at age six. 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 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.
At age 17, Graham participated in a national marketing campaign to advertise Coca-Cola soft drink Fanta. Graham appeared in the marketing campaign as a member of the Fantanas, known as Capri, also known as Strawberry.
Graham has appeared in various music videos, including Akon Lonely, Christina Milian Dip It Low, Justin Bieber and Usher Somebody to Love (Remix), 112 What If, John Legend Used to Love U, B2K Why I Love You, Musiq Soulchild B.U.D.D.Y. and Nelly Just A Dream and Diddy – Dirty Money with Usher Looking for Love.
Kat Graham film roles include The Parent Trap (1998), 17 Again (2009), The Roommate (2011), Honey 2 (2011), Addicted (2014) and All Eyez On Me (2017).
She is known for her role as Bonnie Bennett on The CW supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries
Television and film
In 2002, Graham made her television debut on the Disney Channel comedy 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. 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.
In December 2008, Graham began filming sci-fi dance film Boogie Town in Los Angeles. 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 series The Vampire Diaries based on the book series of the same name. Graham portrays the role of Bonnie Bennett, a teenage witch, which 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.
She took over as the female lead in 2015 after Nina Dobrev departed.
In 2011, Graham won Scene Stealer Female at the Teen Choice Awards for her role on the show.
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 who 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 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.
On January 12, 2016, she was cast as Jada Pinkett Smith in the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me.
In 2002, she wrote a song titled Derailed, which was featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damme film of the same title.
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 third studio album Songs About Girls.
The move saw Graham embark on a world tour with The Black Eyed Peas as a supporting act for the Black Blue and 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.
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.
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.
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 AandM Octone Records which was marked as her first major label signing.
In March 2012, Graham released Put Your Graffiti On Me.
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.
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.
Graham is currently 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.
She also appeared on the song Dog Day Afternoon from the Ras Kass and 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.
As stated on Billboard.com, Graham also released a new single titled 1991 on March 10, 2015.
Graham cites Tupac Shakur, Destiny Child, The Beatles, Janet Jackson, M.I.A., Gwen Stefani, Grace Jones, Prince, Madonna and the Spice Girls as musical influences.
She describes her sound as vintage 90 with a modern twist.
Graham speaks English, Spanish, and French, as well as some Hebrew and Portuguese.
Graham started dating Cottrell Guidry in 2008 and got engaged to him on October 28, 2012.
They split and called off their engagement on December 12, 2014.
As a Singer
Kat has not released her debut studio album. On July 26, 2011, she released her debut Extended Play (EP) titled The Remixes under Perezcious Records.
Kat played the role as Jackie in the 1998 comedy film The Parent Trap.
First TV Show
In 2002, she guest appeared in the American live-action teen sitcom Lizzie McGuire for her role as posse member #2 in the episode entitled “You’re a Good Man, Lizzie McGuire.”
Kat takes fitness seriously. She doesn’t even stop herself from exercising, especially running, even in bad weather. Complete coverage at Daily Mail. Also, WetPaint exclusively reported about her low-calorie food Sukitz. It is a good appetite suppressant.
Kat Graham Favorite Things
Charity – The Peapod Organization, The ONE Campaign, Global Angels
Kat Graham Facts
Kato parents divorced when she was five.
She started her career at the age of 6 in the entertainment business.
Kato dad is the godfather of two of the Quincy Jones’ children.
She strongly supports gay marriage.
Grahamo paternal grandfather served 40 years as a UN Ambassador. He served in various countries such as The Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, and Kenya.
In 2002, she worked for Mary Kay company.
She can speak many languages like Spanish, Hebrew (she studied in Hebrew school), French, and Portuguese.
Kat has a tattoo on her inner left wrist, which is the Latin version of “Know thyself”, nosce te ipsum.
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