Kat Graham stars as Bonnie Bennett, a powerful witch whose life and friendships have been turned upside down by the arrival of two vampire brothers, in The CW’s new drama “The Vampire Diaries.”
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kat speaks four languages – English, Spanish, French and Hebrew – and is the daughter of a Liberian father and a Russian Jewish mother. At the age of 6, Kat began acting in commercials such as Barbie, K-Mart, Pop-Tarts and Old Navy, and television shows including “Like Family,” “Grounded for Life,” and “Lizzie McGuire.” Her first big break came when she replaced a young Christina Milian as the host of the Disney channel’s popular series “Movie Surfers.” Kat can also be seen in the films “17 Again,” with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, “The Roommate,” with Leighton Meester, and the starring role in “Honey 2.”
Kat furthered her natural acting talents with vocal training, piano lessons and dance classes. At 15, she was chosen by renowned choreographer Fatima to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Bow-Wow, leading to stints as a dancer for Missy Elliott and Pharrell, as well as choreographers Hi Hat and Michael Rooney.
In addition to being a professional actress and dancer, Kat began to pursue a career as a musical artist. One of the first songs she wrote and performed – “Derailed” – was featured in a Jean-Claude Van Damn movie. She was inspired to purchase her own studio equipment and add producer to her list of talents. A year later she met superstar producer Damon Elliott (Pink, Mya, Destiny’s Child), who became a mentor. While the two worked on perfecting Kat’s skills as a musician and producer, she continued to work as an actress, starring on the series “CSI: Las Vegas”, “The O.C.,” “Malcolm In The Middle,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Strong Medicine” and “Hannah Montana.” She appeared in music videos, including Akon’s “Mr. Lonely,” 112’s “What If,” John Legend’s “Used to Love U,” B2K’s “Why I Love You” and Musiq Soulchild’s “Buddy.” At 17, Kat was selected by Coca-Cola as part of an international campaign to market their soft drink Fanta. While promoting the campaign as a member of the “Fantanas” (as Capri/Strawberry), Kat simultaneously completed her degree in recording engineering. In 2007 Kat went on a world tour with The Black-Eyed Peas, and her voice is featured on Will.I.Am’s solo release “Songs About Girls” (“I Got It From My Mama”) and “The Donque Song,” featuring Snoop Dogg.
In addition to her acting and dancing abilities, Graham wrote and sang a song titled "Derailed," which was featured in a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. At 17, Kat was selected by the Coca-Cola Company as part of an international campaign to market their soft drink Fanta. While promoting the campaign as a member of the "Fantanas" (as Capri/Strawberry), Graham simultaneously completed her degree in recording engineering. She recently finished a world tour with The Black-Eyed Peas, and her voice is featured on Will.I.Am's solo release "Songs About Girls" ("I Got It From My Mama") and "The Donque Song," featuring Snoop Dogg. Additionally, she's working on her first album, which features collaborations with top producers like Dr. Hollywood and JR Rotem.
Kat was recently signed to A&M Octone Records and she released her debut EP, “Against The Wall” in May of this year. The first single, “Put Your Graffiti On Me,” which was produced by Australian Duo “Twice as Nice” (50 Cent, Pete Wentz), reached over 4 million views on VEVO and is currently charting on the Billboard Dance Charts.