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Kat Graham
Kat Graham by Gage Skidmore.jpgGraham in 2015
BornKaterina Alexandre Hartford Graham
(1989-09-05) September 5, 1989 (age 27)
Geneva, Switzerland
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • model
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Cottrell Guidry (2008–14)
Musical career
  • R&B
  • pop
  • hip hop
  • soul
  • dance
Years active2002–present
  • A&M/Octone
  • Interscope Sound Zoo Records

Katerina Alexandre Hartford "Kat" Graham[1][2] (born September 5, 1989) is a Swiss-born American actress, model, singer and dancer. Her film roles include The Parent Trap (1998), 17 Again (2009), The Roommate (2011) and Honey 2 (2011). She is known for her role as Bonnie Bennett on The CW supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.[3][4][5]


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Commercials and dancing
    • 2.2 Television and film
    • 2.3 Music
  • 3 Influences
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 Discography
    • 6.1 Studio albums
    • 6.2 Extended plays
    • 6.3 Singles
      • 6.3.1 As lead artist
      • 6.3.2 As featured artist
    • 6.4 Music videos
      • 6.4.1 As lead artist
      • 6.4.2 As featured artist
  • 7 Tour
  • 8 Awards and nominations
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Early life

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).[6] Graham's 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.[7] Her parents divorced when she was five.[8] She has a half-brother, Yakov, born in Tel Aviv, Israel.[7] Graham was raised in her mother's Jewish religion[9] and attended Hebrew school.[10]

Commercials and dancing

Graham began her career in the entertainment industry at age six.[1] 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.[11] At age 17, Graham participated in a national marketing campaign to advertise Coca-Cola's soft drink Fanta. Graham appeared in the marketing campaign as a member of the "Fantanas", known as Capri, also known as Strawberry.[12][13] Graham has appeared in various music videos, including Akon's "Lonely", Christina Millian's "Dip It Low", Justin Bieber and Usher's "Somebody to Love (Remix)", 112's "What If", John Legend's "Used to Love U", B2K's "Why I Love You", Musiq Soulchild's "B.U.D.D.Y." and Nelly's "Just A Dream" and Diddy – Dirty Money with Usher's "Looking for Love".[14][15]

Television and film

In 2002, Graham made her television debut on the Disney Channel teen sitcom 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.[16][17] 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 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.[citation needed] 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's 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.[18] On January 12, 2016, she was cast as Jada Pinkett Smith in the upcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me.[19]


In 2002, she wrote a song titled "Derailed", which was featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damme film of the same title.[20] 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's third studio album Songs About Girls.[21] The move saw Graham embark on a world tour with The Black Eyed Peas as a supporting act for the Black Blue & 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.[22][23] 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.[24][25] 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".[26] 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 A&M 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.[27] 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.[28] Graham is currently[when?] 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.[29] She also appeared on the song "Dog Day Afternoon" from the Ras Kass & 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.[30] As stated on Billboard.com, Graham also released a new single titled "1991" on March 10, 2015.[31]


Graham cites Tupac Shakur,[32] Destiny's Child, The Beatles,[33][34] Janet Jackson, M.I.A., Gwen Stefani, Grace Jones, Prince, Madonna and the Spice Girls[2][34] as musical influences. She describes her sound as "vintage 90's with a modern twist."[35]

Personal life

Graham speaks English, Spanish, and French, as well as some Hebrew and Portuguese.[10]

Graham started dating Cottrell Guidry in 2008 and got engaged to him on October 28, 2012.[36] They split and called off their engagement on December 12, 2014.[37]


  • The Fantanas (2004–2006)
  • The Black Eyed Peas Black Blue & You Tour (2007)
  • The Vampire Diaries Tour – Q&A With The Cast (2010)
  • 2012 National Promo Tour (2012)


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  38. ^ Katey, Rich (March 4, 2015). "Kat Graham Stars in Noir-Inspired Short Film Muse: Watch the Exclusive Conclusion". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  39. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roxbury-drive/id1039547239
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  44. ^ "Cold Hearted Snake by Kat Graham (Director's Cut)". YouTube. February 18, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
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  48. ^ "Kat Graham "Power" (Official Lyric Video)". YouTube. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
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  50. ^ "1991 - Kat Graham". Vevo. May 14, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  51. ^ "1991 (Cities At Night Remix) - Kat Graham". Vevo. June 29, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  52. ^ "Secrets - Kat Graham". Vevo. September 21, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  53. ^ "STAR F*CKER Remix Video". KatGraham.com. February 17, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
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  56. ^ "Nelly – Just A Dream". September 21, 2010. 
  57. ^ "Black and Jewish (Black and Yellow Parody)". E!. June 26, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  58. ^ Johnson, Zach (June 26, 2014). "Demi Lovato's 'Really Don't Care' Music Video Features a Surprise Cameo From Wilmer Valderrama!". E!. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
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External links

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  • Kat Graham at the Internet Movie Database
  • Kat Graham on Twitter Edit this at Wikidata

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