KAT GRAHAM Bio 2011
Kat Graham stars as Bonnie Bennett, in The CW’s drama “The Vampire Diaries.”
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Graham speaks four languages, and was exposed to different cultures from an early age. Her father, Joseph, was a music executive. Her grandfather was a United Nations Ambassador from Liberia. The family moved to Los Angeles, California when Graham was 4 years old.
Graham began doing commercials at the age of 6 and went on to do guest starring roles on a number of hit TV shows, “Joan of Arcadia,” “Like Family,” “Grounded For Life,” “Lizzie McGuire,” “CSI: Las Vegas,” “The O.C.,” “Malcolm in The Middle,” “Strong Medicine” and “Hannah Montana.”
At the age of 15, Graham was chosen by choreographer Fatima to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Lil’ Bow Wow. That experience led to other stints as a background dancer for Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Jamie Foxx, and choreographers Hi Hat and Michael Rooney.
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, she 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. She’s currently putting the finishing touches on her first album, and in 2010 released her first single, SASSY. Her second single I WANT IT ALL, was released in 2011. This song is produced by mega producer, J.R Rotem.
Graham was seen in the film “17 Again,” with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, and in “The Roommate,” with Leighton Meester. Her upcoming film projects include a starring role in Universal’s “Honey2.”