Kat Graham is a music artist and actress. She currently stars as Bonnie Bennett, in The CW’s series “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”, and the slated 2014 release of Lionsgate’s “Addicted”.
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, and went on to work with 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 the Jean-Claude Van Damn movie bearing the same title. She was inspired to purchase her own studio equipment and add producer to her list of talents. A year later she met super producer Damon Elliott (Pink, Mya, Destiny’s Child). 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”, Nelly’s “Just a Dream,” and Diddy with Usher “Looking for Love”. 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.
Kat went on to be the face of many campaigns and endorsements that include OP, Yoplait, Samsung, U by Kotex, Avon, Bing, Ford, Aquafina, Abercrombie, Nivea, and Armani Exhange. In 2013 she became a high profile supporter of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees) which she currently travels and campaigns for. She is a counsel member for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), as well an ambassador for The Water Project and went on to help fund wells for clean water to be built for villages and schools throughout Africa.
Kat soon signed to A&M Octone Records and she released her debut EP, “Against The Wall” in May of 2012. The first single, “Put Your Graffiti On Me,” which was produced by Australian Duo “Twice as Nice” (50 Cent, Pete Wentz), reached over 7 million views on VEVO and charted on the Billboard Dance Charts. Her last single “Power” produced by Mitch Allen (Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack”) was released on itunes July 31st 2013 and premiered on billboard.com to positive reviews. The song was added to over 30 stations within the first week of it’s release. Kat is currently filming the 6th season of The Vampire Diaries and recording her first full length album.