My favorite thing about playing a vampire is the stunts. It's just a new, fun thing to do. Especially as a girl, being able to be all dolled up in heels and little outfits and be able to kick boys' butts, I think it's a really fun, make-believe world to play.
— Candice King

Candice King (née Accola, born May 13, 1987) is an American actress, singer and songwriter who plays Caroline Forbes on the TV show, The Vampire Diaries. Accola is married to musician Joe King.


Early life

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

Personal life

Joe and Candice

On May 29, 2013, Accola became engaged to musician Joe King.[8]

Along with her The Vampire Diaries co-stars Michael Trevino and Ian Somerhalder, Accola is a supporter of the It Gets Better Project, which aims to prevent Suicide among LGBT youth.

Candice and other individuals (including TVD's Kayla Ewell and Kat Graham) are participating in the fight to raise awareness regarding Lyme Disease, a disease that many people suffer from but many more are uneducated about.


On October 18, 2014, Candice and Joe got married in New Orleans. She also became a stepmother to her husband's two daughters. On August 31, 2015, she announced that she and Joe were expecting their first child together.[9] On January 15, 2016, Candice gave birth to their first child, Florence May King. On August 19, 2020, she announced that she was expecting her second child with Joe.[10] Their second daughter, Josephine June King, was born on December 1, 2020.[11]



In December 2006 Accola released her debut album, It's Always the Innocent Ones, independently in the United States. Accola co-wrote thirteen of the fourteen tracks on the record. The album failed to make an impact. In 2008 the album was re-released in Japan and achieved greater success. Accola toured as a backing singer for Miley CyrusBest of Both Worlds Tour. Accola appeared as herself in the 2008 3D concert film Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert. In February 2011, Accola performed a cover of The Bangles' "Eternal Flame", on The Vampire Diaries.[12][13] Accola has yet to announce plans for a sophomore album. She has a younger brother.


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Accola has guest appeared in a number of television series such as How I Met Your MotherSupernatural and Drop Dead Diva. In July 2009 Accola starred in the Independent Horror film Deadgirl, which centers on two high school boys who discover an immortal woman in an abandoned asylum. That same year again Accola had a bit-role in the Hannah Montana: The Movie. In 2009 Accola was cast in The CW television series The Vampire Diaries as Caroline Forbes a teenage vampire. The series was an immediate success with the series premiere reaching 4.91 million viewers.[14] Critical reception was positive. In June 2012 Accola joined the Dramedy YouTube series Dating Rules From My Future Self as Chloe Cunningham, a 26-year old girl who believes love does not exist.[15] The series centers on a girl receiving romance advices from herself ten years in the future via text message.[16] The first season of the series went on to receive over 14 million views.


Year Title Type Role
2020 After We Collided TV Series Kim Vance
2019 The Orville TV Series Solana
2018 The Originals TV Series Caroline Forbes
2009-2017 The Vampire Diaries TV Series
2013 Love Don't Die Short Hot Girl
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self TV Series Chloe Cunningham
2011 The Truth About Angels Movie Caitlin Stone
2010 Drop Dead Diva TV Series Jessica Orlando
2010 Kingshighway Movie Sophia
2009 Love Hurts Movie Sharon
2009 Greek TV Series Alice
2009 Supernatural TV Series Amanda Heckerling
2008 Deadgirl Movie Joann
2007 X's & O's Movie Gwen's Friend
2007 On the Doll Movie Melody
2007 Juno Movie Girl Lab Partner
2007 How I Met Your Mother TV Series Amy
2007 Pirate Camp Movie Annalisa / Tom


The Vampire Diaries

Season One
Season Two
Season Three
Season Four
Season Five
Season Six
Season Seven
Season Eight

The Originals

Season Five

Note: * Candice is uncredited while appearing in voice only.


Year Award Category Nominated Result
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Female Scene Stealer The Vampire Diaries Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Female Scene Stealer The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Female Scene Stealer The Vampire Diaries Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock (with Paul Wesley) The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock (with Paul Wesley) The Vampire Diaries Nominated


Candice Sings Eternal Flame as Caroline Forbes

It's Always The Innocent Ones

  1. "Our Break Up Song"
  2. "Some Girls"
  3. "Mercy of Love"
  4. "Voices Carry"
  5. "Welcome to the Real World"
  6. "Started"
  7. "Sweet Jealousy"
  8. "Why Don't You Stay"
  9. "Yesterday Is Gone"
  10. "Wrong to Be in Love"
  11. "Perfect Tragedy"
  12. "Hard to Say Goodbye"
  13. "Drink to my freedom"

Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series


  • Candice appears in more episodes of The Vampire Diaries than any other non-lead starring cast member.
  • In The House Guest, she sang Eternal Flame by The Bangles with S.O.Stereo.
  • She has a star tattoo on her right foot and a bird tattoo on her left wrist.
  • She and Kat Graham are friends with Tyler Hoechlin (Derek from Teen Wolf).
  • She dated her co-star Steven R. McQueen, from June 2011 to October 2011.
  • She dated her co-star Zach Roerig in 2012.
  • She is currently married to her husband, Joe King, as of October 18, 2014.
    • Ironically, Candice got married to him in New Orleans.
  • She originally auditioned for the role of Elena before winning the role of Caroline.
  • Candice is a Taurus.
  • Candice is 5'8" and is the tallest female on the show.
  • She is best friends with Kayla Ewell and Kat Graham.
    • Kayla and Candice also host a podcast together called Directionally Challenged.
  • Her trademark is her pair of big, blue, expressive eyes.
  • Close friends with her Vampire Diaries co-stars Nina Dobrev, Kat Graham, Kayla Ewell, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, and  Michael Trevino.
  • Her mother is named Carolyn, which is a form of Caroline, the name of Accola's character in The Vampire Diaries.
  • Candice's natural hair is blonde but she had dyed it red to get more noticed in LA for her music career. She dyed it back to blonde before she auditioned for The Vampire Diaries. Interestingly the Caroline from the books is a red-head.[17]
  • Candice Accola along with Rick WorthyLauren CohanNathaniel BuzolicSebastian RochéGrace Phipps, Sara Canning and Annie Wersching appeared in Supernatural.
  • Her husband, Joe, has already two daughters from his first marriage.
  • Candice is Team Delena.
  • Candice announced her pregnancy with Joe King's child on August 31, via her Instagram account.[18]
    • She announced the birth of her child, Florence May King, on January 25, via her Instagram account.[19]


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