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King in 2015
Candice Rene Accola

(1987-05-13) May 13, 1987 (age 31)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
EducationLake Highland Preparatory School
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2006–present
Joe King (m. 2014)

Candice Rene King[1] (née Accola) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her regular role as Caroline Forbes on The CW supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017) and her recurring role as the same character on the spin-off series The Originals (2018).


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Music
    • 2.2 Acting
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
    • 4.3 Web
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life[edit]

Candice Rene Accola was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Carolyn (née Clark), who was an environmental engineer before becoming a homemaker, and Kevin Accola, a cardiothoracic surgeon.[2][3] She grew up in Edgewood, Florida and attended Lake Highland Preparatory School.[4] Both her parents are active members of the local Republican political party.[5] She has one younger brother.[4][6][7]



Accola at a press conference in the United Kingdom in June 2013

In December 2006, King released her debut album, It's Always the Innocent Ones, independently in the United States. She co-wrote 12 of the 14 tracks on the record. The remaining tracks were a cover of 'Til Tuesday's hit "Voices Carry (song)" and American Hi-Fi's "The Breakup Song" rewritten in a female version as "Our Breakup Song".

In 2008, the album was re-released in Japan and achieved greater success. King toured as a backing singer for Miley Cyrus's Best of Both Worlds Tour. She appeared as herself in the 2008 3D concert film Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.

In February 2011, King performed a cover of "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles on The Vampire Diaries.[8][9]


King had guest appearances in a number of television series such as How I Met Your Mother, Supernatural, and Drop Dead Diva. In July 2009, she starred in the horror film Deadgirl which centers on two high school boys who discover an immortal woman in an abandoned asylum.[10] That same year King had a bit-role in The Hannah Montana Movie.

In 2009, she was cast in the CW television series The Vampire Diaries as Caroline Forbes the bestfriend of Elena Gilbert and Bonnie Benett. In June 2012, she joined the second season of the web series Dating Rules From My Future Self, as Chloe Cunningham, a 26-year-old girl who believes love does not exist.[11][12] The series centers on a girl receiving romance advice from herself 10 years in the future by text message.

Personal life[edit]

Accola began dating musician Joe King of The Fray after they met at a Super Bowl event in February 2012.[13] They became engaged in May 2013,[14] and married on October 18, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon her marriage, she became a stepmother to King's two daughters from his first marriage.[15]

In August 2015, it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child together.[16] On January 15, 2016, King gave birth to a daughter, Florence May.[17]


Accola in West Midlands, United Kingdom, in June 2013


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Pirate Camp Annalisa/Tom [18]
2007 Juno Amanda
2007 On the Doll Melody
2007 X's & O's Gwen's friend
2008 Deadgirl JoAnn
2009 Love Hurts Sharon
2010 Kingshighway Sophia
2011 The Truth About Angels Caitlin Stone


Year Title Role Notes
2007 How I Met Your Mother Amy Episode: "Something Borrowed"
2009 Supernatural Amanda Heckerling Episode: "After School Special"
2009 Greek Alice Episode: "Isn't It Bro-mantic?"
2009–2017 The Vampire Diaries Caroline Forbes Main role
2010 Drop Dead Diva Jessica Orlando Episode: "Begin Again"
2018 The Originals Caroline Forbes Recurring role, 5 episodes[19]
2019 The Orville Solana Kitan Episode: "Home"


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Chloe Cunningham / Future Chloe 6 episodes, also producer
As herself
Year Title Notes
2008 Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Background singer
2011 When I Was 17 Episode dated February 12, 2011
2011 The Perfect Love Triangle: Vampires, Werewolves, Witches Video short
2011 Myth & Mystery Video short
2011 Howling at the Moon Video short
2011 Her Own Worst Enemy Video short
2013 Big Morning Buzz Live Episode: "Candice Accola/Robin Thicke/Stevie J"
2013 Whose Line Is It Anyway Episode: "Candice Accola"
2013–2014 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Episode #10.77, LL Cool J/Candice Accola
2014 Fashion Police Season 9, episode 12

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Teen Choice Awards Scene Stealer Female The Vampire Diaries Won [20]
2013 Scene Stealer Female Nominated [21]
2014 Scene Stealer Female Won [22]
2015 Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [23]
Choice TV: Liplock (with Paul Wesley) Nominated
2016 Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [24]
Choice TV: Liplock (with Paul Wesley) Nominated