Phoebe Tonkin

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Phoebe Tonkin
Phoebe Tonkin at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Tonkin at PaleyFest 2014 for The Originals
Born Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin
(1989-07-12) 12 July 1989 (age 31)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2005–present

Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin[1] (born 12 July 1989[1][2]) is an Australian actress and model. She is best known for portraying Cleo Sertori in H2O: Just Add Water, Fiona Maxwell in Tomorrow, When the War Began, Faye Chamberlain in The Secret Circle, and Hayley Marshall in the CW TV series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series The Originals.

Early life

Tonkin was born in Sydney. When she was four, she attended dance courses in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap dance. At the age of 12, Tonkin began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre. Tonkin attended Loreto Kirribilli and later graduated from the Queenwood School for Girls.


In December 2005, Tonkin was cast as the role of Cleo Sertori on the Australian children television series H2O: Just Add Water which follows the lives of three teenage girls who turn into mermaids. Tonkin improved on her swimming abilities during the pre-production of the series. The series premiered on 7 July 2006 on Network Ten and has since gone on to be aired to a worldwide audience of more than 250 million. To promote the series she and her co-stars presented the best band award at the Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards in October 2007. In 2008, Tonkin was nominated for "Best Lead Actress in a Television Series" at the prestigious Australian Film Institute Awards.[3] The series ran for three seasons with the series finale airing on 16 April 2010.

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Tonkin at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2012

Tonkin has also appeared on fellow Australian television shows Packed to the Rafters and Home and Away.[4] 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,[5] though production of a sequel never came to fruition.

In January 2011, Tonkin moved to Los Angeles to pursue an international acting career.[6] She was cast in March 2011 as Faye Chamberlain on The CW supernatural drama series The Secret Circle[7] which premiered on 15 September 2011 to over 3.5 million viewers.[8][9] The series follows a group of young witches who are a part of a secret coven. For her performance, Tonkin has received critical acclaim, with critics referring to her as the breakout star of the series; she was featured on Variety's list of "new faces to watch"[10] and named one of 2011's breakout TV stars by E! Online.[11] The Secret Circle, however, had only one full season as it was cancelled on 11 May 2012.[12]

In August 2010, Tonkin was cast in the 3D horror film Bait 3D.[13] Filming took place on Australia's Gold Coast and follows a group of strangers who are trapped in a supermarket after a freak tsunami with a pack of great white sharks. The film was expected to be released in Australia in September 2012. In August 2012, Tonkin joined the cast of The CW television series, The Vampire Diaries, in the recurring role of Hayley, a friend of Tyler. She joined her co-star from H2O: Just Add Water, Claire Holt, who portrays Rebekah Mikaelson on the show.[14]

On 11 January 2013, The CW confirmed that a spin-off series to The Vampire Diaries was in the works, titled The Originals. The series revolves around the Original Vampire family members, and Tonkin would "be heavily featured in the prospective pilot" of the series.[15] The CW confirmed on 13 February that Claire Holt would also join the cast of The Originals, marking the third time Tonkin and Holt have starred together on a show.[16] Tonkin has had a main role in the first three seasons.

Other projects

Tonkin has appeared in a number of advertisements which include Vauxhall Motors and was previously signed to Chic Management. Her modelling career includes shoots for Girlfriend, Teen Vogue, ELLE Australia, Miss Vogue Australia, Vogue Australia, Dolly and Free People. Tonkin has also appeared in Miles Fisher's music video "Don't Let Go".[17] In 2012 Tonkin opened a website about health with friend Teresa Palmer called YourZenLife.



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Tomorrow, When the War Began Fiona Maxwell Feature film
2012 Bait 3D Jaime Feature film
2014 The Ever After[18] Mabel Finished
2015 Take Down[19] Amy Tilton Finished


Year Title Role Notes
2006–10 H2O: Just Add Water Cleo Sertori Main role: 78 episodes
2009–10 Packed to the Rafters Lexi Recurring role: 3 episodes
2010 Home and Away Adrian Hall Recurring role: 7 episodes
2011–12 The Secret Circle Faye Chamberlain Main role: 22 episodes
2012–13, 2016 The Vampire Diaries Hayley Marshall Recurring role: 8 episodes, Special Guest Season 6
2013–present The Originals Hayley Marshall Main role
2015 Stalker[20] Nicole Clark Episode S01E14: "My Hero"

Music videos

Year Artist Song Notes
2012 Miles Fisher "Don't Let Go" Female lead

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 AFI Awards Best Lead Actress in Television Drama[3] H2O: Just Add Water Nominated
2015 Maxim Hot 100 Readers' Choice[21] #52
2015 Maxim Hot 100 The Actresses[22] #5


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  3. 3.0 3.1 "L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards Nominees". Australian Film Institute. 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Away From the Bay". Yahoo!7. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  9. Kenneally, Tim (21 July 2011). "'Alcatraz,' 'Person of Interest' bow at Comic-Con". Reuters. Retrieved 29 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Malcom, Shawna (9 September 2011). "Tonkin no fish out of water on CW's 'Secret Circle'". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  12. West, Kelly (11 May 2012). "The CW Cancels Ringer And Secret Circle, Orders Five Dramas Including Arrow And Carrie Diaries". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 12 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Bait (2011) Movie Trailer, Poster: Sharni Vinson, Julian McMahon". 9 June 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  15. Bricker, Tierney (11 January 2013). "The Vampire Diaries Spinoff The Originals, Starring Joseph Morgan, in the Works". E!. Retrieved 12 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Goldberg, Lesley (13 February 2013). "'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff 'The Originals' Adds Claire Holt". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Phoebe Tonkin in Miles Fisher's Video "Don't Let Go"". Retrieved 31 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Yamato, Jen (22 January 2015). "Teresa Palmer, Mark Webber Star In Self-Distributed 'The Ever After' – Trailer". Retrieved 23 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Vrajlal, Alicia (16 June 2014). "It's all good in the hood! Phoebe Tonkin dresses down in casual grey threads as she films her new thriller Take Down". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Bucksbaum, Sydney (10 December 2014). "Stalker Is Staging a Dawson's Creek Reunion!". E!. Retrieved 18 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "2015 Hot 100 Readers' Choice". Maxim. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "2015 Hot 100: The Actresses". Maxim. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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