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To the fans, thank you for being a part of this journey in our lives. We couldn't have done it without you.
— Paul Wesley on Instagram [1]

Paul Thomas Wesley (Polish: Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski, born July 23, 1982) is a Polish-American actor who plays Stefan Salvatore, Tom Avery, Silas and Ambrose on The Vampire Diaries. He appeared on several TV shows such as The Guiding Light, Wolf Lake, Smallville, and Everwood. He played the lead role of Aaron Corbett in the "Fallen" mini-series.


Paul Thomas Wasilewski was born July 23, 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Polish immigrants Thomas and Agnieszka Wasilewski. Paul is the second child of four children. Paul has three sisters. He has an older sister, Monika, who is an attorney, and two younger sisters, Julia and Leah. Growing up in Marlboro, New Jersey (rated among the safest and best places to live in the US), Paul's passion was playing hockey until he was about 14 years old and was pushed into performing. Paul became interested in acting when enrolled in a summer arts program in third grade. His television debut was on NBC's Another World (1999). Paul attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey and Marlboro High School for a period during his high school years. He transferred from Marlboro High School to Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey because the school was able to accommodate his acting schedule. He graduated from there in 2000 and then started college at Rutgers University but left after one semester with his parents' support when more roles were offered to him and he realized he could make a career out of acting.

Personal life

Paul met and began dating actress Torrey DeVitto in 2007, when they met on the set and acted together in Killer Movie. They got married in a private ceremony in New York City, in April 2011. He enjoys playing ice hockey and snowboarding. Wesley has also expressed an interest in directing and writing. Paul's nickname is P-Dub and it is commonly used for Paul amongst his fans. His fans or fanbase are known as P-Dubbers.

In July 2013, it was reported by People Magazine that Wesley and DeVitto were getting a divorce.[2] Their divorce was finalized in December 2013. He was dating his fellow The Vampire Diaries and The Originals star Phoebe Tonkin, who portrays Hayley Marshall, for four years until they broke up.[3]


Year Title Type Role
2019 Medal of Honor TV Series Romesha
2018 Tell Me a Story Web Series Eddie
2018 Zürich Play He
2018 Fabled TV Series Josh
2009-2017 The Vampire Diaries TV Series Stefan Salvatore / Silas / Tom Avery / Ambrose
2016 The Late Bloomer Movie Charlie
2016 Mothers and Daughters Movie Kevin
2016 The Originals TV Series Stefan Salvatore
2014 Amira & Sam Movie Charlie
2014 Before I Disappear Movie Gideon
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Movie Reese
2010 Beneath the Blue Movie Craig
2009-2010 24 TV Series Stephen
2008-2009 Army Wives TV Series PFC Logan Atwater
2009 Elsewhere Movie Billy
2008 Cold Case TV Series Petey Murphy '08
2008 Killer Movie Movie Jake Tanner
2008 The Russell Girl TV Movie Evan Carroll
2007 Shark TV Series Justin Bishop
2007 Cane TV Series Nick
2007 Fallen TV Mini-Series Aaron Corbett
2006 Fallen TV Movie Aaron Corbett
2006 Peaceful Warrior Movie Trevor
2006 Crossing Jordan TV Series Quentin Baker
2006 Lenexa, 1 Mile Movie Rick Lausier
2006 Cloud 9 Movie Jackson
2000-2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Series Luke Breslin / Danny Burrell
2005 CSI: NY TV Series Steve Samprass
2005 Roll Bounce Movie Troy
2002-2005 American Dreams TV Series Tommy DeFelice
2004 The Last Run Movie Seth
2004 CSI: Miami TV Series Jack Warner Bradford
2003-2004 Everwood TV Series Tommy Callahan
2003-2004 8 Simple Rules TV Series Damian
2003 The O.C. TV Series Donnie
2003 Smallville TV Series Lucas Luthor
2003 The Edge TV Movie (as Paul Wasilewski)
2002 Young Arthur TV Movie Lancelot
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent TV Series Luke Miller
2002 Minority Report Movie Nathan with Bicycle (uncredited)
2002 The Education of Max Bickford TV Series Craig
2001-2002 Wolf Lake TV Series Luke Cates
2001 Shot in the Heart TV Movie Gary (Age 15-22)
1999-2000 Guiding Light TV Series Max Nickerson #2
1999 Another World TV Series Sean McKinnon



Year Title Type Note
2017 Isabel Short


Year Title Type Note
2019 Legacies TV Series
2018 Roswell New Mexico TV Series
  • I Saw the Sign
2017 Isabel Short
2017 Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments TV Series
  • Day of Atonement
2014-2016 The Vampire Diaries TV Series


Year Title Type Note
2017 Isabel Short
2016-2017 The Vampire Diaries TV Series
2014 Before I Disappear Movie
2010 Norman Movie


Year Award Category Nominated Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star: Male The Vampire Diaries Won
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
Young Hollywood Awards Cast To Watch (with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Choice TV Vampire The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actor The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2014 Northeast Film Festival Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Before I Disappear Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Choice TV Villain The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards Best Threesome (with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock (with Candice Accola) The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock (with Candice King) The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2018 New York Innovative Theatre Awards Outstanding Ensemble [4] Zurich, Colt Coeur Nominated


  • Paul is best friends with Ian Somerhalder, who potrays his on-screen brother.
  • Paul, along with Ian Somerhalder, appears in all and, thus, more episodes of The Vampire Diaries than any other cast member.
  • Both Paul and Mia Kirshner starred in Wolf Lake.
  • In addition to English, Paul also speaks fluent Polish.
  • Paul is the very first actor to appear on Smallville before the Vampire Diaries.
    • He played Lex Luthor's rebellious half-brother Lucas Luthor in Prodigal. Ian Somerhalder, Sara Canning and Cassidy Freeman would later appear in the series as well.
  • Paul married his long-term girlfriend of 4 years, Torrey DeVitto in April of 2011.
    • However, they filed for divorce in July 2013.
  • He dated Phoebe Tonkin, who plays Hayley in The Originals from 2013 to 2017.
  • Paul is close friends with all of his TVD co-stars, most notably Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Nina Dobrev, Matt Davis, Claire Holt, Candice Accola, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham and Chris Wood.
  • Paul's nickname is P-Dub. His fans are known as PDubbers.
  • Paul has natural fangs.
  • Paul is right handed.
  • Paul's favorite character on The Vampire Diaries is Katherine Pierce.
  • Paul has bluish-green eyes.
  • Paul is 5'11".
  • Paul has a tattoo of a rose on his right shoulder in which he got when he was 16 years old.
  • Paul would have been an investigative journalist if he didn't go into acting.
  • Paul's favorite city is New York City.
  • Paul loves traveling.
  • Paul admits to being a rebel and a troublemaker, especially when he was younger.
  • Paul originally auditioned for the role of Damon Salvatore, but instead was given the role of Stefan.
  • Paul cares about his heritage.



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