Kat Graham is an American actress, dancer, and singer. She’s best known for appearing in The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017).
Other notable acting projects she’s involved in are including The Parent Trap (1998), 17 Again (2009), The Roommate (2011), Honey 2 (2011), Addicted (2014), and All Eyez on Me (2017).
Kat Graham started her television career with a role in the TV series Lizzie McGuire in 2002. From there onwards, she frequently showed up in many other TV series.
Some of these series include Strong Medicine (2003), Joan of Arcadia (2004), Malcolm in the Middle (2003), Grounded for Life (2004), and Like Family (2004).
Her first big venture came in 2009 when she was offered the role of Bonnie Bennett in the supernatural TV series The Vampire Diaries alongside fellow actress Nina Dobrev.
It was without a doubt the greatest development of her career. The series began with a viewership of 4.91 million and later in 2012, it was reestablished for its fourth season.
In 2010, she struck another hit with the movie Honey 2, which is a spin-off of the 2003 movie Honey. Her performance and dancing abilities were commended by a lot of people.
She has likewise appeared in numerous well-known music videos by popular singers, such as Really Don’t Care (2014) by Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd and Somebody to Love (2010) by Justin Bieber.
Besides, being a singer herself, she has also released several songs in the past including Secrets (feat. Babyface) (2015), Power (2013), Put Your Graffiti on Me (2012), and Wanna Say (2012).
- Real Name: Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham
- Stage Name: Kat Graham
- Also Known as: –
- Nickname: Kat
- Birthday: September 5, 1989
- Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
- Zodiac Sign: Virgo
- Nationality: Swiss-American
- Religion: Judaism
- Professions: Actress, Singer, Dancer
- Education: Musicians Institute
- Hobbies: Playing musical instruments, dancing
- Facebook: Kat Graham Official
- Twitter: @KatGraham
- Instagram: @katgraham
- TikTok: @katgraham_real
- YouTube: KatGrahamVEVO, Kat Graham Official
Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance
- Height: 157 cm (5’2”)
- Weight: 52 kg (115 lbs)
- Blood Type: –
- Hair Color: Dark brown
- Eye Color: Brown
- Body Measurements: 33-23-33 (Bust -33, Waist -23, and Hips -33 inches)
- Shoe Size: 6 (US)
- Dress Size: 2 (US)
- Father: Joseph Graham
- Mother: Natasha Graham
- Brother: Yakov Graham
- Sister: –
Boyfriend & Dating History
She started dating Cottrell, an American actor and author, in 2008. The former couple revealed that they had engaged in October 2012.
However, they called it quit in 2014. According to a source that told the media, “there wasn’t any drama and they are still friends.
Kat have been in romance with Darren, who’s a movie director and producer, since 2017. In 2022, the pair announced their engagement.
According to multiple sources, her net worth is estimated to be between $2 million to $4 million.
Her primary source of income appeared to be acting and singing.
In 2012, she purchased a house located in Hollywood Hills, LA, for nearly $850 thousand. It reportedly features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a recording studio, a meditation room, and an outdoor fountain.
The property was listed on the market in 2017 for $1.3 million.
- Kat was born in Switzerland but raised in the United States of America.
- She has a family in Israel.
- Her father came from a long line of African politicians.
- Kat can speak English, French, Spanish, and a little bit of Portuguese and Hebrew.
- She has a tattoo in Hebrew on her back.
- Her father, Joseph Graham, is Americo-Liberian while her mother, Natasha Graham, is Jewish.
- Kat worked with the UN Refugee agency.
- She has a fanbase named Katpack.
- Her father was a music executive.
- Kat was raised Jewish by her mother and had been attending Hebrew school.
- She has been influenced by many singers and rappers throughout her career such as Tupac Shakur, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Nelly Furtado, and Rihanna.
- Her grandfather from her father’s side, was a UN ambassador.
- Kat is close friends with her co-star in the drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009), Nina Dobrev.
- She used to work as a backup dancer.
- Her parents divorced when she was five years old.
- Kat is an activist with concerns about women’s rights.
- She advocated for animal rights with PETA.
- Kat prefers to do her makeup and hair by herself.
- Her ideal type is…
- Love in the Villa (2022), as Julie Hutton
- Collide (2022), as Tamira
- Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (2022), as April O’Neil
- Heatwave (2022), as Claire Valens and the producer
- Conscious Collective (2021), as the producer
- Operation Christmas Drop (2020), as Erica
- Cut Throat City (2020), as Demyra
- Emperor (2020), as Delores
- Fashionably Yours – Behind the Scenes (2020), as self
- Fashionably Yours – Spring Fever Buzz (2020), as self
- Fashionably Yours (2020), as Lauren
- The Poison Rose (2019), as Rose
- The Holiday Calendar (2018), as Abby Sutton
- Compassion Can’t Wait (2018), as Nurse
- How It Ends (2018), as Samantha Sutherland
- Kat Graham Exposes Hens Buried and Trapped in Feces on Canadian Egg Farms (2018), as self
- Where’s the Money (2017), as Alicia
- All Eyez on Me (2017), as Jada Pinkett
- Degree: Dance Break with Kat Graham (2015), as self
- The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (2015), as self
- Muse (2015), as Muse and the producer
- From the Top (2015), as the executive producer
- Addicted (2014), as Diamond
- Kat Graham: Power (2013), as self
- Boogie Town (2012), as Ingrid
- House of Style: Music, Models and MTV (2012), as self
- Behind the Dance Crews: The Making of Honey 2 (2011), as self
- Dance or Die Tryin’ (2011), as self
- The Dream Continues (2011), as self
- Her Own Worst Enemy (2011), as self
- The Perfect Love Triangle: Vampires, Werewolves, Witches (2011), as self
- Dance Fu (2011), as Chaka
- Black and Jewish (Black and Yellow Parody) (2011), as self
- Honey 2 (2011), as Maria Ramirez
- The Roommate (2011), as Kim
- When Vampires Don’t Suck (2010), as self
- 17 Again (2009), as Jamie
- Boogie Town (2009), as Ingrid
- Our First Christmas (2008), as Assistant Bernie
- Hell on Earth (2007), as Felicia
- Forbidden Fruits (2006), as Candy
- Johnson Family Vacation (2004), as Dancer
- The Parent Trap (1998), as Jackie
- Trolls: TrollsTopia (Hulu | 2020), as Rhythm & Blues
- Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon | 2018), as April O’Neil
- Rise of the TMNT Shorts (Nickelodeon | 2019), as April O’Neil
- Robot Chicken (Adult Swim | 2019), as Alex
- HBO First Look: All Eyez on Me (HBO | 2017), as Jada Pinkett
- Stalker (MTV | 2015), as Christine Harper
- The Vampire Diaries (The CW | 2009), as Bonnie Bennett
- Hannah Montana (Disney Channel | 2008), as Allison
- Greek (ABC Family | 2007), as Dancer
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS | 2006), as Tisha
- The O.C. (Fox | 2006), as Kim
- Grounded for Life (Fox | 2004), as Laura
- Like Family (The WB | 2004), as Girl
- Joan of Arcadia (CBS | 2004), as Angela
- Malcolm in the Middle (Fox | 2003), as Val
- Strong Medicine (Lifetime | 2003), as Ashley Collins
- Lizzie McGuire (Disney Channel | 2002), as Posse Member
- Entertainment Tonight (YouTube | 2022), as a guest
- Steve Varley Show (YouTube | 2022), as a guest
- Atlantis Concert for Earth (YouTube | 2022), as a guest
- Tamron Hall (NBC | 2021), as a guest
- Fashion News (Fashion TV | 2021), as a guest
- Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered (Nickelodeon | 2021), as a guest
- The Drew Barrymore Show (Syndication | 2021), as a guest
- GMA3: What You Need to Know (ABC | 2020), as a guest
- Younga (CBS | 2020), as a guest
- The Daily Show (Comedy Central | 2020), as a guest
- Good Morning America (ABC | 2020), as a guest
- Good Mythical Morning (YouTube | 2020), as a guest
- The IMDb Show (YouTube | 2020), as a guest
- Mercy for Animals: 20th Anniversary Gala (YouTube | 2019), as the host
- MMI: Charity Celebrity Bowling Tournament (Fox | 2019), as a guest
- Drop the Mic (TBS | 2019), as a guest
- Celebrity Page (Reelz | 2018), as a guest
- The E! People’s Choice Awards (E! | 2018), as the host
- LadyGang (E! | 2018), as a guest
- Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge (VH1 | 2018), as a guest
- GeekRockTV (YouTube | 2018), as a guest
- TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com (Fox | 2018), as a guest
- Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2018 (Nickelodeon | 2018), as the host
- 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC | 2017), as a guest
- Made in Hollywood (Syndication | 2017), as a guest
- American Music Awards 2017 (ABC | 2017), as the host
- Extra (Channel 9 | 2017), as a guest
- IHeart Summer ’17 Weekend by AT&T (DIRECTV Channel | 2017), as a guest
- Dish Nation (Fox | 2017), as a guest
- WGN Morning News (WGN | 2017), as a guest
- Access Daily (YouTube | 2017), as a guest
- The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours (The CW | 2017), as a guest
- Style Code Live (Amazon | 2016), as a guest
- iHeartRadio Music Awards 2016 (DIRECTV Channel | 2016), as the host
- Backstage Diaries (Roku Channel | 2015), as a guest
- American Music Awards 2015 (ABC | 2015), as a guest
- 2015 Soul Train Awards (BET | 2015), as a guest
- MTV Video Music Awards with People Magazine (MTV | 2015), as a guest
- MTV VMA Red Carpet Special with Brandi Cyrus and People Magazine (MTV | 2015), as a guest
- MTV Video Music Awards (MTV | 2015), as a guest
- The View (ABC | 2015), as a guest
- The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS | 2015), as a guest
- Black Girls Rock! (BGR! TV | 2015), as a guest
- Fashion News Live (YouTube | 2014), as a guest
- Fashion Rocks (CBS | 2014), as a guest
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW | 2014), as a guest
- The Arsenio Hall Show (CBS | 2013), as a guest
- Teen Choice Awards 2013 (Nickelodeon | 2013), as a guest
- Hell’s Kitchen (Fox | 2013), as a guest
- BET Awards 2013 (BET | 2013), as a guest
- The Show with Vinny (MTV | 2013), as a guest
- Live with Kelly and Ryan (ABC | 2013), as a guest
- The BET Honors (BET | 2013), as a guest
- VH1 Divas 2012 (VH1 | 2012), as a guest
- 2012 Soul Train Awards (BET | 2012), as a guest
- E! Live from the Red Carpet (E! | 2012), as a guest
- Big Morning Buzz Live (VH1 | 2012), as a guest
- Ridiculousness (MTV | 2012), as a guest
- The Q Side (YouTube | 2012), as a guest
- Teen Choice Awards 2012 (Nickelodeon | 2012), as a nominee
- Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndication | 2012), as a guest
- 2012 New Now Next Awards (Logo TV | 2012), as a guest
- mtvU Woodie Awards 2012 (MTV | 2012), as a guest
- Teen Choice 2011 (Nickelodeon | 2011), as the winner
- 2011 MuchMusic Awards (MTV | 2011), as a guest
- 13th Annual Young Hollywood Awards (YouTube | 2011), as a guest
- 42nd NAACP Image Awards (BET | 2011), as a guest
- 41st NAACP Image Awards (BET | 2010), as a guest
- 78th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (The CW | 2009), as a guest
- The Mo’Nique Show (BET | 2009), as a guest
- Teen Nick (Nickelodeon | 2003), as a guest
- Movie Surfers (Disney Channel | 2002), as a guest
- Essence Awards (Hulu | 1998), as a guest
Music Video Appearances
- Really Don’t Care (2014) – Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd
- Somebody to Love (2010) – Justin Bieber
- Just a Dream (2010) – Nelly
- Used to Love U (2004) – John Legend
- SWIM (2021)
- If Eye Could Get UR Attention (2018)
- Sometimes (2017)
- All Your Love (2016)
- 1991 (2015)
- Secrets (feat. Babyface) (2015)
- Power (2013)
- Put Your Graffiti on Me (2012)
- Wanna Say (2012)
- I Want It All (2010)
- Sassy (2010)
- Cold Hearted Snake (2010)
- 2020 PETA: 40th Anniversary and Holiday Party – Humanitarian Award – Kat Graham
- 2019 Westfield Film Festival – Humanitarian award – Kat Graham
- 2017 Teen Choice Awards – Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress – The Vampire Diaries
- 2014 Black Women in Film Association – Creative Award – Kat Graham
- 2011 Teen Choice Awards – Scene Stealer Female – The Vampire Diaries
- 2016 Teen Choice Awards – Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi – The Vampire Diaries
- 2016 Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV: Chemistry – The Vampire Diaries
- 2015 MTV Fandom Awards – MTV Ship of The Year – The Vampire Diaries
- 2015 Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV: Chemistry – The Vampire Diaries
- 2015 Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV: Scene Stealer – The Vampire Diaries
- 2014 Teen Choice Awards – Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi – The Vampire Diaries
- 2013 Teen Choice Awards – Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi – The Vampire Diaries
- 2012 Teen Choice Awards – Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi – The Vampire Diaries
- 2011 Youth Rock Awards – Actress (TV) – The Vampire Diaries
- 2010 Teen Choice Awards – Scene Stealer Female – The Vampire Diaries
“I am more vintage than I am high fashion.”
“I never want to be a spectacle, but I also feel like a look should always have a little bit of an edge.”
“I have more of a desire to write songs about being an independent woman than being in love, songs about getting up and moving on even if I have a broken heart. ‘Wanna Say’ is one of the few love songs I’ve ever done.”
“I’m very strange, I’m not going to lie.”
“There was a time when men thought it was sexy to have a housewife waiting for him to come home from work in her slippers, but in modern society, I think an independent woman is even more sexy.”
“I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved who I am not. Even if you’re not accepted, at least you are still yourself.”
“I think sometimes when you want attention, you can wear sunglasses, and people are like, ‘Who is that?'”
“I have more of a desire to write songs about being an independent woman than being in love, songs about getting up and moving on even if I have a broken heart.”
“I love sparkly eyes for the holidays, especially New Year’s Eve.”
“I’m obsessed with cooking! I want a degree in the culinary arts!”
“I actually got a play from auditioning for something in ‘Back Stage’ magazine.”
“If I was on Broadway, I would want to do anything Vaudeville or a biopic. Kat Graham I used to read the criticism on blogs about other people – mostly female actresses and singers – and even when they are extremely perfect and harmless, people still go after them. So I figure, if I’m going to get negativity regardless, why do I have to worry about what somebody thinks of me?”
“You make your mark by being true to who you are and letting that be your staple.”
“I’ve always been involved with charities and things like that, but when I started communicating with the fans and hearing their stories about the lives they lead, it really made an impact on me.”
Kat Graham is a one-of-a-kind entertainer. She has that woman trifecta: Brain, Beauty, and Bravery, which is a total package. She is someone every aspiring artist should look up to.