- “The Vampire Diaries” premiered on The CW in 2009 and ended in 2017.
- The series starred Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder.
- Since the show ended, the cast members have gone on to star in other movies and TV shows. Some have also started families.
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From 2009 to 2017, The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” was a fan-favourite show. The series led Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder to become well-known actors during a time when vampire-based shows and films were at peak popularity.
In the years since the show first premiered, “TVD” cast members have gone on to star in movies, pursue music, and start their own families.
Keep reading to find out what the stars of the hit show have been up to.
Nina Dobrev played leading lady Elena Gilbert.
After meeting brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore, she ended up in a love triangle with them – which played out over the course of the series.
Dobrev left the show after season six, but returned for the series finale in 2017.
The actress went on to appear in “Let’s Be Cops” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” She also starred in the 2017 remake of “Flatliners” with Elliot Page.
More recently, she starred on the CBS sitcom “Fam,” which got cancelled after one season.
Next, she’ll appear in a Netflix rom-com called “Love Hard” alongside “Riverdale” star Charles Melton.
Paul Wesley starred as brooding vampire Stefan Salvatore.
When Stefan first saw Elena at Mystic Falls High School, he was struck by her uncanny resemblance to his menacing ex, Katherine Pierce.
Wesley continues to act on TV shows, but has also stepped into directing and starring in off-Broadway productions.
The actor directed several episodes of “TVD” and one episode of Freeform’s “Shadowhunters.”
His theatre credits include “Zurich,” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” and “Cal in Camo” (which also starred “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour).
Wesley recently starred on “Tell Me a Story,” a series created by Kevin Williamson (who also developed “TVD”) that put a dark twist on classic fairy tales. The CBS All Access show was cancelled after two seasons.
The 38-year-old actor is also married to Ines de Ramon.
He remains good friends with his “TVD” costars, too. Wesley reunited with Dobrev in September 2020 for a puppy playdate and collaborated with Somerhalder for an alcohol line called Brother’s Bond Bourbon.
Ian Somerhalder is known for his role as Damon Salvatore.
When Damon first arrived at Mystic Falls, he caused trouble for others and typically did whatever he wanted without any regard for consequences.
Over the course of the show, Damon formed friendships with Bonnie and Alaric.
Somerhalder starred on a vampire-centric Netflix show called “V Wars.”
He played Dr. Luther Swann on the show, which was based on comics by Jonathan Maberry and Alan Robinson. It was cancelled after one season.
In addition, Somerhalder quietly married “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed in 2015 and they have one child together. They welcomed daughter Bodhi Soleil in 2017.
Kat Graham charmed fans as Bonnie Bennett, the town’s resident witch.
Bonnie was best friends with Elena and Caroline. She often acted as a mediator between humans and supernatural beings (particularly those living on the Other Side).
In addition to acting, Graham is also a singer.
She dropped her debut album, “Roxbury Drive,” in 2015. Two years later, she released “Love Music Funk Magic,” which featured feel-good, upbeat tracks.
Graham showcased her style by collaborating with the brand Foster Grant for her own collection of sunglasses.
In 2018, the actress starred in the Christmas movie “The Holiday Calendar.” The 31-year-old also voiced the character April O’Neil on the animated Nickelodeon show “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Candice King (then Candice Accola) starred as perfectionist Caroline Forbes.
Caroline went from a high school cheerleader to a vampire. She later married Stefan and became a surrogate mother to Alaric’s twin daughters, Lizzie and Josie.
She married The Fray member Joe King in 2014 and they have two children.
Candice went on to reprise her role as Caroline on “The Originals,” the “TVD” spin-off that focused on Klaus Mikaelson and his family.
Matt Donovan — one of the few characters who managed to remain a human on “TVD” — was played by Zach Roerig.
He started out as a high school jock, but later became a sheriff in Mystic Falls.
Roerig reprised his role as Matt Donovan on “Legacies,” the “Originals” spin-off.
The 35-year-old played Pulse on the Fox show “The Gifted” and guest-starred on CBS’ “God Friended Me.”
Aside from appearing on “Legacies,” he also stars on a new USA Network show called “Dare Me,” which is based on a book by Megan Abbott.
Michael Trevino starred as werewolf (and eventual hybrid) Tyler Lockwood.
Like Dobrev, Trevino also left the show at the end of season six – but later returned.
Fan of Trevino can catch him on the “Roswell” reboot, which got renewed for a third season on The CW.
The cast of “Roswell, New Mexico'” includes “Pretty Little Liars” star Tyler Blackburn and “The Originals” actor Nathan Parsons. Trevino stars as Kyle Valenti.
Steven R. McQueen played Elena’s younger brother, Jeremy Gilbert.
At one point, he left town to become a vampire hunter.
McQueen portrayed Jeremy again when he guest-starred on “Legacies” in 2018.
He appeared on season one, episode three of the show. Aside from roles on “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Fire,” McQueen hasn’t done much acting.
Alaric Saltzman, played by Matthew Davis, was introduced on season one as a history teacher at Mystic Fall High School.
Alaric was a vampire hunter in his spare time, but became an important member of Elena’s inner circle.
The CW’s “Legacies” marks the third show in which Davis stars as Alaric Saltzman.
“Legacies” focuses on Klaus and Hayley’s teenage daughter Hope, who attends The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted – where Alaric is the headmaster.
The show got renewed for season three in 2020.
Vicki Donovan — Matt’s sister — was portrayed by Kayla Ewell.
She became a vampire during season one, but didn’t last too long.
Ewell is good friends with Candice King, and the two have their own podcast together.
Ewell has been married to actor Tanner Novlan since 2015. They welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Poppy Marie Novlan, in July 2019.
Sara Canning played Jenna Sommers — also known as Aunt Jenna.
At the start of the show, she was clueless about the existence of vampires – but eventually found out.
Canning appeared as Katherine Drew on The CW’s new show “Nancy Drew.”
Fans might have seen Canning as Jacquelyn on Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The actress also appeared on the series “Van Helsing” in 2018.
Michael Malarkey’s Enzo didn’t join the show until season five — but he became an important character.
Enzo later dated Bonnie, but fans were distraught when he was killed by Stefan on season eight.
Malarkey is a musician and actor.
After “TVD,” Malarkey starred on Crackle’s drama series “The Oath.” He recently starred on History’s “Project Blue Book,” which explored UFO-related incidents. It was cancelled after two seasons.
In 2018, Malarkey released an EP titled “Captain Solitaire.” He has also dropped two albums titled “Mongrels” (2017) and “Graveracer” (2020).
Marguerite MacIntyre starred as Caroline’s mother, Liz Forbes.
She cared deeply about Caroline, even though her daughter might have found her overbearing at times.
MacIntyre appeared on one episode of Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”
Aside from that, the actress hasn’t participated in films or TV series since “TVD” ended, except for a short film.
She also has a Twitter account and uses the platform to share photos of her friends and family.
Joseph Morgan played fan-favourite character Klaus Mikaelson.
He caused plenty of destruction after joining the show during season two.
Morgan stars on a TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”
Season one of the show was released on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, in July 2020. Morgan portrays and Epsilon named CJack60 on the series.
After his run as Klaus on “TVD,” Morgan reprised the role for a spin-off series called “The Originals,” which centered on the Mikaelson family. The show lasted for five seasons between 2013 and 2018, and led to a spin-off titled “Legacies.”
The British actor has been married to Persia White, who starred as Abby Bennett Wilson (Bonnie’s mum) on “TVD,” since 2014.