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Cast and character information for the CW's series The Vampire Diaries, starring Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, and Nina Dobrev.

1. Paul Wesley as Stefan

Paul Wesley as Stefan
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Paul Wesley stars as Stefan Salvatore, a handsome and mysterious new student who turns out to be a vampire struggling to live at peace with human beings. He is immediately attracted to Elena, and has a long and bitter history with his older brother, Damon, whom he fears will try to take Elena for himself.

2. Nina Dobrev as Elena

Nina Dobrev as Elena
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Nina Dobrev stars as Elena Gilbert, a beautiful young girl caught between two vampire brothers. Four months after the tragic car accident that killed their parents, 17-year-old Elena Gilbert is still adjusting to their new reality. Elena has always been the star student; beautiful, popular and involved with school and friends, but now she finds herself struggling to hide her grief from the world. Elena feels attracted to Stefan, but she's puzzled by Stefan's increasingly bizarre behavior -- not realizing that she resembles a love Stefan lost a century ago. Elena manages to find some comfort with her familiar social circle -- best friend Bonnie (Katerina Graham), frenemy Caroline (Candice Accola), and former boyfriend Matt (Zach Roerig).

3. Ian Somerhalder as Damon

Pictured: Ian Somerhalder as Damon
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Ian Somerhalder plays Damon Salvatore, the elder and far more dangerous of two vampire brothers. Damon, Stefan's estranged brother who resurfaced in his life after 15 years, ridicules Stefan for rejecting their legacy of violence and brutality, but he understands his brother’s obsession with Elena. Now these two vampire brothers -- one good, one evil -- are at war for Elena’s soul and for the souls of her friends, family and all the residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia.

4. Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy

Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy
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Steven R. McQueen stars as Jeremy Gilbert, a troubled teen on a dangerous and self-destructive path since the death of his parents. Jeremy, 15, has been hanging out with the stoners and using drugs to hide his pain. Jeremy is also trying to figure out why Matt's sister, Vicki (Kayla Ewell), is suddenly rejecting him and hanging out with Jeremy's rival, Tyler (Michael Trevino). Elena and Jeremy are now living with their cool-but-overwhelmed Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning), who is doing her best to be a surrogate parent.
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