Swiss-born American actress, singer, model, and dancer Kat Graham rose to stardom after playing Bonnie Bennett in the highly rated supernatural television series The Vampire Diaries. The actress is also notable for her work in The Parent Trap (1998), 17 Again (2009), The Roommate (2011), Honey 2 (2011), and Addicted (2014). As a model, she worked for a number of popular brands like K-Mart, Pop-Tarts, and Barbie. She gained overnight popularity in the field of music after releasing the song Put Your Graffiti On Me, in 2012.
Early Life And Education Of Kat Graham
Kat Graham was born Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham in Geneva, Switzerland on September 5, 1989. She spent most of her early childhood in Los Angeles, California along with her half-brother Yakov. She holds American and Swiss nationality and regarding her ethnicity, she has a mixed ethnical background as her mother Natasha is Jewish and her father has an Americo-Liberian descent. Her parents got divorced when she was only five.
She belongs to the family whose roots were actively involved in the music industry as her father was also a music executive. Whereas her paternal grandfather is a former UN Amba s sador, who worked for more than 4-decades in many countries including Kenya, Netherlands, Sweden, and Romania.
Graham graduated from the Hebrew school. The actress developed pa s sion towards acting and dancing at a young age and finally took lessons to hone those skills. She considers a number of the world-renowned artists like Tupac Shakur, Janet Jackson, M.I.A., Gwen Stefani, Grace Jones, and Madonna as her musical influencers and role model.
Kat Graham’s Professional Career
Modeling And Dancing
Kat Graham is in the entertainment industry since she was six. She made her appearance in the various ads for several big brands including Barbie, K-Mart, Pop-Tarts, and Edison. She caught the attention of choreographer Fatima Robinson at the young age of 15. The choreographer offered her to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Bow Wow.
When Graham was 17-year-old, she participated in the national marketing campaign to promote The Coca-Cola Company's soft drink, Fanta. Besides, she also featured in a number of music videos like Akon's Lonely, Christina Milian'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.
Graham made her silver screen debut portraying Jackie in a 1998 romantic comedy-film The Parent Trap. She subsequently featured in Johnson Family Vacation, 17 Again, The Roommate, and Dance Fu.
Graham’s other significant movies include Ingrid in Boogie Town (2012), Diamond in Addicted (2014), and Jada Pinkett in All Eyez on Me (2017). Her upcoming project is Hot It Ends which is scheduled to be released on July 27, 2018, on Netflix.
Graham made her television debut in 2002 with a small role on the Disney Channel teen comedy series Lezzie McGuire. Later on, she worked on various television shows, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The O.C., Malcolm in the Middle, Joan of Arcadia, Grounded For Life, and Greek.
Graham appeared for a year from 2008-09 in the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana playing Jackson Stewart's girlfriend. The same year, she gained widespread popularity after playing Bonnie Bennett in the high rated supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries. She played the main role from 2009-17 in the series.
Graham’s breakout role in the series earned her some prestigious accolades including Teen Choice Award, Youth Rock Award and Black Women in Film Association Award. Her other TV works were Oh Sit!, The Show with Vinny, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Stalker. She is also appearing in an upcoming science fiction television series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Some of her successful series are
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006)
|Hannah Montana (2008-09)
|The Vampire Diaries (2009-17)
|Teen Choice Award and Creative Award
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Kat Graham’s Music Career
Graham started her music career writing a song Derailed, in 2002. The song was featured in a 2005 crime thriller movie of the same name. Graham made her breakthrough after a year when she appeared on The Donque Song and I Got It From My Mama on singer and rapper will.i.am's third studio album Songs About Girls.
The singer released her debut single Sa s sy in October 2010. She subsequently released covers of popular artists like Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul. In March 2011, she released another single under the title I Want It All.
In February 2012, Graham went on to sign a recording contract with A&M Octone Records which became her first ever major label contract. The same year, she released a song titled Put Your Graffiti On Me. The song became an instant hit and received positive reviews from the critics hitting #5 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
Graham released her EP for the first time Against The Wall and debuted at #54 on the iTunes Music Album Chart also.
Kat Graham’s Net Worth
Kat Graham has acc u mulated a considerable amount of money from her multiple professions. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the actress has an estimated net worth of around $3 million.
Graham played the main character Bonnie Bennett for around 8-year from 2009-17, in the supernatural series The Vampire Diaries. She received more than $35,000 per episode. As a professional model, her estimated annual salary is more than $97,684. Her Hollywood Hills House for the sales on the market, in 2017 SOURCE: Daily Mail
Graham’s commercially successful movies are
|The Parent Trap (1998)
|17 Again (2009)
|The Roommate (2011)
Graham put her gated home in Hollywood Hills on the market for $1.3 million. The 2,174 square Spanish-style-house was built in 1927 which features two-bedroom, two-bathroom, as well as separate meditation and music rooms too. She purchased the house for $849,000, in 2012.
Kat Graham’s Personal Life
Kat Graham is possibly single. The actress, however, was in a relationship with actor Cottrell Guidry, The former couple first met via a mutual friend, in 2008.
Graham and Guidry got engaged on October 28, 2012. She announced her engagement in October stating,
"When you've been with someone for over half a decade, you feel married already. It's not a rush. Right now the most important thing is to set up our life to be a good support system for each other."
Sadly, the power couple mysteriously broke their two-years of engagement back in December 2014. Prior to Guidry, Graham was linked to American actor Jay Pharoah in 2015. But, neither Graham nor Pharoah confirmed their affair officially.
Graham is popular on social media with more than 4.5 million followers on her Instagram, where she often posts regarding her work and family.
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by ab-sagar, 23 Apr, 2018