Phoebe Tonkin Network
Posted on May 31, 2011 and filed under

Phoebe Tonkin,  is an actress and model born on July 12, 1989 Sydney, NSW, Australia. . She is best known for playing Cleo Sertori in the television program H2O: Just Add Water and Fiona Maxwell in the film Tomorrow, When the War Began.

From four years Phoebe has practiced classical dance, including ballet, tap, hip hop and contemporary dance. He attended school for girls Queenwood School in Balmoral. At age 12 he took several courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People.

Phoebe has been involved in plays such as Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigone, White Crane and Venetian Twins.¬†He has also appeared in commercials for Vauxhall Motors and Chic Management.

In December 2005,¬†¬†she joined the main cast of the series H2O: Just Add Water, where the mermaid played Cleo Sertori.¬†Cleo is friends with sirens¬†Rikki Chadwick , Emma Gilbert¬†and Bella Heartley and Lewis McCartney, a friend of the sirens.¬†Cleo is shy, cheerful and optimistic.¬†At the beginning does not accept the idea that she is a siren and it is difficult to share the same enthusiasm than Rikki and Emma but gradually gets used.¬†Cleo’s girlfriend of Lewis played by¬†Angus McLaren.¬†His power is to move the water (hidroquinesis) during the second season of his power are added as creating new winds or tornadoes (or aeroquinesis eoloquinesis).¬†In order to play Cleo, Tonkin had to improve their swimming skills.

The series premiered on 7 July 2006 on¬†Network Ten¬†and has since went 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.¬†The series ran for three seasons with the series finale airing on 16 April 2010.

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 15 September 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 11 May 2012

In August 2010, Tonkin was cast in the¬†3D¬†horror film¬†Bait.¬†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 tiger sharks. The film is 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.

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 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 13 February that Claire Holt would also join The Originals, marking the third time Tonkin and Holt have starred together on a show.