The show revolves around the lives of the Salvatore brothers, Stefan and Damon — two vampires who were born in the 19th century, as they return to their hometown of Mystic Falls in 21st century Virginia.
The two become interested in a selfless and beautiful teenage girl, Elena Gilbert. As the plot unfolds, secrets are discovered, and old enemies return. Stefan, Damon, Elena, and their friends, are forced to constantly defend the town — and one another — against supernatural threats. Between vampires, witches, werewolves, and hybrids — The Vampire Diaries created an entire mystical world that draws viewers in, proving itself to be much more than just a teen drama.
And before being outranked by Arrow, The Vampire Diaries continued to be the most watched series on the network. While reviews were mixed at first, they got much better as the show progressed. In time, the show has gained a base of incredibly loyal fans, many of whom continued watching the show even after one its stars, Nina Dobrev Elena departed from it after its sixth season. It also received its own spin-off series, The Originals, which will air its fifth and final season this year.
Aside from its spin-off, DC comics also launched a comic-book series based on the show, in So what is the cast of The Vampire Diaries like in real life?
Keep reading to find out what these wonderful actors and actresses are doing these days. At the beginning of the show, she learns that she comes from a long line of witches, and that she possesses inherited powers. In fact, her powers were so great that they allowed her to destroy hell itself, annihilating the various evil creatures that lived within it.
After Elena is cursed and as a result falls into a coma, Bonnie manages to break the curse and wake her up. Kat Graham — in real life Kat Graham is not only an actress, but also a model, dancer, and singer-songwriter. She was a background dancer for Missy Elliott, Pharrell, and Jamie Foxx, to name a few, and also participated in music videos for artists like John Legend and Justin Bieber.
While he seems to be an epitome of the good and decent at first, it turns out he has a very dark past to make up for. In addition to playing Stefan, Paul also had a few movie roles, but has done most of his work in television.
Paul was married to actress, musician and former fashion model, Torrey DeVitto, but the couple called it quits in His selfless love for Elena and his brother Stefan is his redeeming quality — and what more often than not causes him to do the right thing. At the end, he turns into a human, and spends the rest of his life with Elena. Ian Somerhalder — in real life Ian started his acting career in the short lived teen drama, Young Americans, alongside Kate Bosworth.
He became highly known after landing the role of Boone in popular sci-fi show, Lost, but his role of bad boy Damon in The Vampire Diaries truly made him a heartthrob. The actor is currently married to Twilight actress Nikki Reed, with whom he has a daughter called Bodhi Soleil. Candice King as Caroline Forbes Caroline is fierce and loyal, and the most organized of the bunch. Starting off as selfish and immature, after Caroline is turned into a vampire, she finds her strength and grows up.
While Caroline has several relationships throughout the show, the one that really got fans hoping for a happy ending was her romance with Klaus, one of the originals. Though she later Caroline falls in love with Stefan, at the end of the series she receives a letter from Klaus, making Klaroline fans hope for a reunion in The Originals.
Matthew Davis as Alaric Saltzman Alaric is a smart and loyal vampire hunter, who initially comes to mystic falls to find the vampire who killed his wife. He experiences quite a few heartbreaks — when he finds out his wife actually left him, and when he dates Jenna and she gets killed.
Luckily, the babies survive and Alaric goes on raising them. In the end, he and Caroline open a school for supernatural children together.
After that, he continued participating in movies like drama Blue Crush, and romantic comedy Seeing Other People. Matthew will also reprise his role of hunter Alaric, on the final season of The Originals. Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan Matt is depicted as the most normal of the characters, loyal and honest. His sister also suffers from substance abuse, and dies early on in the show, leaving him devastated.
Once he learns about supernatural beings, he goes back and forth, sometimes cooperating with them, and when they hurt humans, loathing them. At the end, Matt becomes an officer and reunites with his father. The actor was also involved in a year long relationship with his Vampire Diaries co-star, Nathalie Kelley, who played the powerful siren Sybil on the show.
Sara Canning as Jenna Sommers Jenna is the loving and caring aunt of Elena and her brother, Jeremy, and their legal guardian after the death of their parents. While Jenna is tragically killed by Klaus, the flash forward on the series finale shows her reunited with Elena, after her death. Other than her role of the devoted aunt Jenna in The Vampire Diaries, the actress had roles in sci-fi shows Smallville and Supernatural, as well.
She also starred in the spin-off of a BBC adventure drama, Primeval: New World, and a short lived medical drama named Remedy. He tries to fight his transformation, but being aggressive and arrogant as he is, he fails and becomes a werewolf and later a hybrid. Caroline helps him with his struggle, and the two engage in a romantic relationship, before Klaus arrives to town, woes Caroline into having feelings for him, and eventually banishing Tyler out of town.
Other than his role as Tyler, the actor participated in quite a few television shows, such as supernatural drama Charmed, and crime dramas Bones, CSI, and The Mentalist. Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson Rebekah is the only female of the original vampires. She has a romantic past with Stefan that dates back to a century earlier, and also gets involved with human Matt for a while. Claire Holt — in real life Claire began her acting career in an adventure show about mermaids called H2O: Recently, the actress went through trauma when she had a miscarriage that left her broken and depressed.
After the Salvatore brothers return to Mystic Falls, she comes across Stefan and initially falls in love with him, before entering their supernatural world, and becoming a vampire herself. Both brothers end up falling for her, with Elena ultimately choosing Damon, and the two going on to lead a happy life together. The actress became famous due to her role of the big-hearted Elena in The Vampire Diaries.
She also had an off-screen romance with co-star Ian Somerhalder, which had their fans reeling, but ultimately ended.