Jul. 12th, 1989
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin (born July 12, 1989) is an Australian actress and model.
When she was four, Tonkin attended several dance courses in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance and tap dance. At the age of twelve, she began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre. She later graduated from Queenwood School for Girls in Balmoral, New South Wales. Tonkin has appeared in a number of adverts which include Vauxhall Motors and was previously signed to Chic Management.
Her modelling career includes shoots for Girlfriend, Teen Vogue, and Dolly. She has also appeared in Miles Fisher's music video "Don't Let Go". In 2012 Tonkin opened a website about health with friend 'Teresa Palmer' called Yourzenlife.
Tonkin's first television appearance was on the Australian teen show H2O: Just Add Water, where she played one of the main characters, Cleo Sertori. While not a strong swimmer, she worked to improve her abilities during pre-production of the show. On October 20, 2007, Tonkin appeared on the Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards, where she presented the award for best band alongside H2O: Just Add Water co-stars 'Claire Holt' and 'Cariba Heine'.
Tonkin has also appeared on fellow Australian television shows Packed to the Rafters and Home and Away. In September 2010, Tonkin made her film debut starring in the Australian action ensemble film Tomorrow, When the War Began. In the film, which revolves around a group of teenagers waging a guerrilla war against an invading foreign power in their fictional hometown of Wirrawee, she played the role of the rich and uptight Fiona Maxwell. In December 2010, a sequel was announced with Tonkin expected to return.
In January 2011, Tonkin moved to Los Angeles to pursue an international acting career. She was cast in March 2011 as Faye Chamberlain on The CW supernatural drama series The Secret Circle which premiered on September 15, 2011 to over 3.5 million viewers. The series follows a group of young witches whom are a part of a secret coven. Tonkin has received acclaim from critics being referred to as the breakout star of the series; she was featured on Variety's list of "new faces to watch" and named one of 2011's breakout TV stars by E! Online. The Secret Circle, however, had only one full season as it was cancelled on May 11, 2012.
On January 11, 2013, The CW confirmed that a spin-off series to The Vampire Diaries was in the works, titled The Originals. The series will revolve around the Original Vampire family members, and Tonkin will "be heavily featured in the prospective pilot" of the upcoming series. The CW confirmed on February 13, that 'Claire Holt' would also join The Originals, marking the third time Tonkin and Holt have starred together on a show.
- Attended Queenwood School in Balmoral, known for its excellent drama department, and supplemented her education with private drama classes. Each year she took part in the school's Shakespeare festival, ultimately winning the 2005 state final in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She also took part in all of the school plays including Antigone, White Crane and Venetian Twins.
- Began various dance classes at age 4; including classical ballet, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary.
- From age 12 began completing various courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People; including Shakespeare, Script to Stage, Clowning Around and Musical Theatre.
- While not a strong swimmer, Phoebe worked hard to improve her abilities during pre-production of H2O: Just Add Water in preparation for the role of Mermaid Cleo.
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