A South-African born actress, Tammin Sursok has starred in several television series over the years including Home and Away, The Young and the Restless, and Hannah Montana. Most recently, she has also been playing Jenna Marshall in the teen drama, Pretty Little Liars. Though TV is her main focus, she has also appeared in a few movies including Husk (2011), 10 Rules for Sleeping Around (2013), and Cam2Cam (2014).
Born on August 19, 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tammin Sursok is the daughter of Julie and Daryl Sursok, the former of whom is a trained guitarist and pianist. Having inherited her mother’s love for music, she developed an interest in the art form at a young age. After moving to Sydney Australia, she went to the Sydney Youth Musical Theatre where she honed her skills in music, dance, and acting.
How Tammin Sursok First Became Famous
At the age of sixteen, she landed her first audition through an agent for the Australian drama series, Home and Away (1999). Eventually, Sursok was cast as Dani Sutherland, the rebellious teen daughter of the Sutherland family.
Originally released in 1988, Home and Away is one of the longest-running series in Australia. A soap opera, its plot revolves around the lives of those living in Summer Bay, a fictional town in New South Wales. Created by Alan Bateman, the show has featured numerous acting talents throughout its multi-decade run. Joining the cast well into the show, Sursok made her official debut in the summer of 2000.
Despite it being her television debut, her portrayal of the teen earned her much applause- in fact, she later received a Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2001. A few years later, she received another nomination for the category of Mot Popular Actress.
Tammin Sursok’s Other Major TV Roles
Following her departure from Home and Away in 2004, she took a short break from television before returning as a series regular in yet another soap opera, The Young and the Restless (2007).
Another long-running title, The Young and the Restless has been on air since 1973. Set in the fictional town of Genoa City, it originally revolved around the lives of two families- the working class, Foster family and the wealthy Brooks family. One of the most-watched daytime dramas in the United States, it has maintained a steady viewership over the past few years.
Joining the cast in 2007, Sursok took on the role of Colleen Carlton, the daughter of Traci Abbott and Brad Carlton. Due to the fact that her character was born onscreen, she has been portrayed by a number of actresses throughout the the show’s run. Ultimately, Sursok had portrayed her for 165 episodes by the end of her time in 2009. Possibly one of her best remembered performances on television, it earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2008.
Shortly afterwards, Sursok joined the main cast of the Nickelodeon TV film, Spectacular! (2009). Written by Jim Kreig, the musical revolved around the activities of a high school choir and its members. One of the lead protagonists, the actress was joined by Nolan Gerard Funk, Victoria Justice, Simon Curtis, Matthew Bennett, and Andrea Lewis.
A year later, she appeared in the popular teen sitcom, Hannah Montana (2010) as Sienna, a supporting character that appears in season four. Acting alongside Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso, and Jason Earles, she appeared in eight episodes between 2010 and 2011.
Around that same time, Sursok was cast as Jenna Marshall in the popular crime thriller, Pretty Little Liars (2010). Based on a book by Sara Shepard, the show garnered well over 2 million viewers during its first season run. A considerable hit, it later continued for six additional seasons from 2011 to 2017.
Tammin Sursko on Film
After playing a few minor roles in the films, Aquamarine (2006), Crossing Over (2009), and Albino Farm (2009), she co-starred in the American horror movie, Husk (2011). Other members of the cast included CJ Thomason, Devon Graye, Wes Chatham, and Ben Easter.
Then in 2013, she returned to the big screen as one of the lead protagonists in the romantic sex comedy, 10 Rules for Sleeping Around. Directed by Leslie Grief, it followed the lives of two couples who are in open relationships. Though reviews for the film were negative, it garnered Sursok a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the New York Film Festival.
Tammin Sursok’s Music Career
In 2005, the actress also made herself known as a singer. Through Columbia Records, she released her debut album, Whatever Will Be, a pop rock project that contained twelve tracks. Supported by three singles, some highlights from the playlist include It’s a Beautiful Thing, Pointless Relationship, Whatever Will Be, World Without You, Something Better, and Around the World, most of which were co-written by the artist herself. In Australia, the album peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Albums chart; in total, it had spent 11 weeks in the top 100.
Though she hasn’t released any new material since, she did go on to contribute to the soundtrack album for Spectacular! in 2009, which ended up charting at number 44 in the United States. Some of the songs that she provided vocals for include: Dance with Me, For the First Time, Just Freak, Everything Can Change, and Something to Believe In.
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