PROFILE
Name:
Tammin Sursok
Birth Date:
Johannesburg, South Africa
Birth Place:
August 19, 1983
BIOGRAPHY
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The Young and the Restless

Background:

Tammin Sursok is a South African-born Australian actress and singer-songwriter. She is most famous for playing Dani Sutherland on “Home and Away” (2000-2004, won a Logie Award), Colleen Carlton on “The Young and the Restless” (2007-2009, received a Daytime Emmy nomination) and Jenna Marshall on “Pretty Little Liars” (2010-2014). Her debut solo album, “Whatever Will Be” (2005), was a success in Australia. It spawned three singles with “Pointless Relationship,” the title rack and “It's a Beautiful Thing.”

Sursok has been married to actor, producer and director Sean McEwen since 2011. They have one child together. Sursok and her husband have their own production company, Charlie Baby Productions.

South Pacific

Childhood and Family:

Tammin Sursok was born on August 19, 1983, in Johannesburg, South Africa, as Tammin Pamela Sursok. Her parents are Daryl and Julie Sursok (classically-trained pianist and guitarist). She has a brother named Shaun and a half-sister named Michelle. Tammin moved with her family to Sydney, Australia when she was four. She attended the Trinity Speech and Drama college of England and also learned acting, dancing and singing at the Sydney Youth Musical theatre. She also attended Ravenswood School for Girls, in Gordon, Sydney, studying speech and drama in her final years of school. While in school, she performed in several school productions, including  “South Pacific”, “Mid Summer Night's Dream” and “The Sound of Music”.  

On August 24, 2011, Tammin married her longtime boyfriend Sean McEwen after a seven month long engagement. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter Phoenix Emmanuel McEwen, on October 8, 2013.

Pretty Little Liars

Career:

Tammin Sursok made her auspicious television debut in the long running Australian soap opera “Home and Away,” playing Dani Sutherland. She made her debut appearance on June 19, 2000 and would keep the role until she decided to leave the show in 2004 to pursue other opportunities. Sursok, who luckily got the role at her first audition, won a 2001 Logie for Most Popular New Talent – Female and was nominated for a 2004 Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress for her performance.

Following her departure from “Home and Away,” Sursok was signed to Sony BMG Music Entertainment and began working on her debut album. Her solo album “Whatever Will Be” was launched on May 22, 2005 in Australia through Sony Music Entertainment with songwriters Savan Kotecha, David Kreuger, Marion Raven, Steve Booker; and producers John Shanks, Per Mangusson and David Kreuger. It debuted at No. 13 on the top 50 Australian ARIA Charts. The lead single “Pointless Relationship” made its debut in the ARIA Singles Chart at No. 7 before peaking at No. 5. The song received Platinum certification in Australia. The second single “Whatever Will Be” reached No. 13 on the ARIA Singles Chart, while the third and final single off the album, “It's a Beautiful Thing,” rapidly debuted on the ARIA Singles chart at  No. 30 before peaking at No. 6.              

Following the album's success, Sursok was planned to be launched in the UK, but changes at her record label became an obstacle. She then relocated to Los Angeles, California in 2006 to focus on her acting career. The same year, she made her big screen debut in a supporting role in the Australian-American teen fantasy comedy film “Aquamarine,” starring Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts, and Joanna “JoJo” Levesque.

In 2007, after a guest spot in “Rules of Engagement,” Sursok joined the cast of the American popular soap opera “The Young and the Restless” to play the role of Colleen Carlton, becoming the third actress to do so. She received a 2008 Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her work. She left the show in 2009.

In 2009, Sursok played the lead role of Courtney in the Nickelodeon TV musical film “Spectacular!”. She also performed several tracks for the film soundtrack, such as “Dance With Me,” “For The First Time” (with Nolan Gerard Funk), “Just Freak,” “Something To Believe In” (with Nolan Gerard Funk), “Everything Can Change” (with Nolan Gerard Funk, Victoria Justice, and Simon Curtis), “Eye of the Tiger” (with Nolan Gerard Funk, Victoria Justice, and Simon Curtis). Released on February 3, 2009 by Nick Records, the album peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard 200, and has sold over 52,000 units to date.

The same year, Sursok had a small role in the independent crime drama film “Crossing Over,” starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, and starred in the horror film “Albino Farm” with  Chris Jericho and Richard Christy. Additionally, she appeared in the short films “Neighbors Are Friends” and “Flicka 2.”  

From July 2010 to January 2011, Sursok played the recurring role of Siena in the Disney Channel Original Series “Hannah Montana.” In 2010, she was cast in the ABC Family television adaptation of the Sara Shepard teen mystery book trilogy, “Pretty Little Liars,” which premiered on June 8, 2010. Portraying Jenna Marshall, a teenage girl who is left blind after a prank gone wrong, the role has become the actress' most familiar role internationally.

In 2011, Sursok had her first adult film role in “Driving by Braille,” where she played  Sarah Corso. She next starred opposite Devon Graye, CJ Thomason and Ben Easter in the horror film “Husk” (2011), played Amelia in the TV miniseries “Airship Dracula” (2012) and was cast in the screwball romantic-comedy film “10 Rules for Sleeping Around” (2013) alongside Jesse Bradford, Chris Marquette, Tammin Sursok, and Virginia Williams. In 2014, she starred as Allie Westbrook in the horror/thriller movie “Cam2Cam,” which was directed by Joel Soisson.

Recently appearing in the made for television film “Bound & Babysitting” (2015) as Maggie, Sursok will play the lead role of Audrey in the thriller film “The Stepsister” (2015), directed by Kohl Glass and written by Blaine Chiappetta. She also is set to appear in the upcoming comedy film “Whaling,” which she produces and co-writes. Sursok has completed filming the short film “Steve's Big Date” (2015), as both director and writer.

Awards:

Logie: Most Popular New Talent – Female, “Home and Away,” 2001 Show Less

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