Bindi Irwin

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Bindi Irwin
Bindi Irwin in June 2013.jpg
Bindi Irwin at Man Of Steel red carpet movie premiere, Sydney, in June 2013
Born Bindi Sue Irwin
(1998-07-24) 24 July 1998 (age 16)
Buderim, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actress
Television presenter
Wildlife career
Years active 2000–present
Parents Steve Irwin
Terri Irwin
Awards Silver Logie
Daytime Emmy

Bindi Sue Irwin (born 24 July 1998)[1] is an Australian actress, television presenter, and daughter of The Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, and Terri Irwin. Irwin has been involved in acting, singing, songwriting, dancing, rapping, and a fitness DVD.

Her first name comes from the name of her father's favourite female crocodile at the Australia Zoo, and her middle name is from the family's dog Sui, Sue. According to her father, Bindi is an Australian Aboriginal word that means "young girl."[2]

Biography[edit]

Bindi Irwin was born in Buderim, Queensland.[1] She began appearing on television shows as early as age two.[3] She appeared regularly in her father's television shows, including The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, and also appeared in the 2002 film The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari in a credited cast role.[4]

Irwin was the presenter of a 26-part wildlife documentary kids show called Bindi the Jungle Girl, a production of the Discovery Kids television network.[5][6][7] Her father was filmed in many of the early shows before his death in September 2006, when production was temporarily put on hold.[8] The series premiered in June 2007 on Discovery Kids.

Post Steve Irwin death[edit]

Bindi's father, Steve Irwin, was killed by a stingray barb on 4 September 2006 while setting up to shoot ocean reef footage for a show that would include segments with himself, because weather prevented him from filming footage for a different show.[9][10] Bindi and her mother announced that she would continue her late father's conservation and television work.[11] Steve Irwin said he supported Bindi's career, claiming "I just want to be co-star to my daughter".[12]

On 20 September 2006, Irwin received a standing ovation after delivering a eulogy for her father in front of a crowd of 5,000 and a worldwide television audience of more than 300 million viewers. In the 2006 TV Week readers' poll, her speech received 43 percent of votes and was voted the television moment of the year. Her mother stated that, apart from some assistance with typing, Irwin had written the speech herself.[13][14][15][16]

In June 2007, Irwin hosted a US television special about her father called My Daddy the Crocodile Hunter.[17] She also starred in a child fitness DVD in which she sang and danced with a group called Bindi Kidfitness. She made a Hip hop album called Trouble in the Jungle. Bindi and The Crocmen sang "Trouble in the Jungle" on The Today Show in November 2007 and she is currently learning how to play the piano.[13][18]

Bindi and Terri Irwin at Edwards AFB to film a segment for Bindi the Jungle Girl.

In September 2006, at age 8, Irwin appeared on the cover of the Australian magazine New Idea, the youngest person to have done so in the magazine's 104-year history.[19]

In early January 2007, she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. At that time, she was also scheduled for appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and in attendance with Russell Crowe at a major dinner. She was promoting her new video, Bindi Kidfitness, and fulfilling her role as a newly appointed "tourism ambassador" for Australia.[20]

Irwin appeared on Larry King Live on 11 January 2007. She said that creative writing was her favourite subject and math is her least favourite. She also said that she enjoys being homeschooled because she and her teachers were such good friends.

Posing for the TV camera with Terri Irwin.

At the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards, Bindi presented the award for "Favorite Male Singer", with help from George Lopez and Tyler James Williams, which was won by Justin Timberlake. She also presented at the Logie Awards of 2007, with help from Glenn Robbins for 'Most Outstanding Children's Show', which was won by The Upside Down Show.[21]

On 22 November 2007, Bindi appeared with her mother Terri Irwin in the 81st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and performed songs from her album Trouble in the Jungle with The Crocmen on their jungle animal float.[22][23][24]

On 4 May 2008, Irwin won the Most Popular New Female Talent Logie Award. Then on 13 June 2008, at the age of nine, she became the youngest performer ever to win a Daytime Emmy Award when she won the award for "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series". The previous record was held by Camryn Grimes, who won the "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series" at age ten for her performance in The Young and the Restless.

On 26 December 2009 Irwin appeared live on stage at Australia Zoo with new backup singers/dancers The Jungle Girls.

Irwin commits 10% of her wage to Wildlife Warriors, the charity founded by her family in 2002.[25]

She starred as Kirra in Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove, which was released on 23 March 2010.[26]

In 2012, Irwin hosted a wildlife-themed game show called Bindi's Bootcamp. Filmed at Australia Zoo, the contestants were put through "adventure challenges" to educate and test their wildlife knowledge.[27] It was produced in association with Sydney-based Sticky Pictures, under commission from ABC, and debuted in July on ABC3.[28]

Irwin starred in the sequel to Nim's Island and she played the lead character Nim, originally played by Abigail Breslin. The film was distributed by Pinnacle Films in Australia and internationally by Walden Media.[29]

In 2012, Irwin appeared as Sunday Clovers on the episode "Mirror rorriM" of the Canadian television series, My Babysitter's a Vampire.

In 2013, Irwin made a brief appearance on the Australian TV series Big Brother to surprise housemate Tim, who had mentioned her several times throughout the series, saying "I want to thank you for being an incredible Wildlife Warrior. I hope when you're out of the house you can come visit me".

In March 2014 Irwin appeared on Good Morning America with her family, where she announced a partnership with animal theme park company Seaworld.[30] This decision was quickly slammed by animal rights groups including PETA, who criticized the Irwin family for supporting a company accused of animal abuse, referencing the documentary Blackfish.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove Kirra Cooper
2013
Return to Nim's Island Nim Rusoe

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007–2008
Bindi the Jungle Girl Herself
2012
My Babysitter's a Vampire Sunday Clovers Episode: "Mirror, rorriM"
Bindi's Bootcamp Host Gameshow
Steve Irwin's Wildlife Warriors Herself

Internet[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012
Growing Up Wild Herself With her young brother Robert they show their wildest animals at Australia Zoo on The Pet Collective, a popular animal focused YouTube channel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crocodile Hunter Family Biography. Retrieved 2001-03-25.
  2. ^ "Bindi: The Jungle Girl". ABC.net.au. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  3. ^ Green, Glenis (9 September 2006). "Mantle passes to Bindi". The Courier-Mail. 
  4. ^ The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Cowning, Emma (5 September 2006). "I have no fear of losing my life.". The Scotsman. 
  6. ^ "Bindi to fill her dad's big shoes". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 2006. 
  7. ^ Clark, Laine (4 September 2006). "Daughter destined to follow in Irwin's footsteps". [dead link]
  8. ^ "Bindi Irwin Nature Series on Hold for a Year". Reuters. 20 October 2006. 
  9. ^ AJR (23 September 2006). "Steve Irwin's paid tribute from his family and friends". Pattaya Daily News. 
  10. ^ Oliveira, Maira (15 September 2006). "Bindi Irwin To Continue Father's Extraordinary Wildlife Efforts,". AHN Media Corporation. 
  11. ^ "Steve Irwin's daughter to swim with stingray that killed him". Daily Mail (UK.). 15 September 2006. 
  12. ^ "Steve knew Bindi would be a star". Queensland Newspapers. 26 May 2006. 
  13. ^ a b "Terri Irwin '20/20' interview transcript excerpts". USA Today. 27 September 2006. 
  14. ^ Passa, Dennis (19 September 2006). "Irwin Remembered For His 'Zest for Life".". Forbes magazine. 
  15. ^ Chesterton, Ray (20 September 2006). "My daddy was my hero". News Limited. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  16. ^ "Bindi tops TV poll". Sydney Morning Herald. 18 December 2006. 
  17. ^ Hellard, Peta (29 March 2007). "Bindi Irwin to make US TV debut". The Sunday Times. 
  18. ^ Maddison (16 October 2006). "Steve Irwin's Daughter Bindi Filming Own Show". Time. Retrieved 2006-10-16. 
  19. ^ "Bindi set for stardom". Sydney Morning Herald. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-28. 
  20. ^ Masters, Kim (12 January 2007). "Say It Ain't So, Dakota!: Paging Jodie Foster". Newsweek. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  21. ^ "Most Outstanding Children's Show". ninemsn. Archived from the original on 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  22. ^ "2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – Celebrity line-up". 
  23. ^ "The 81st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Kicks Off The Holiday Season With New Iconic Balloons and Floats". 
  24. ^ "Bindi Irwin: IMDbPro". 
  25. ^ Lehmann, Megan (10 July 2007). "Million dollar baby". The Bulletin. pp. 30–35. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  26. ^ McWhirter, Erin (10 March 2009). "Bindi Irwin stars in Free Willy: South Africa on DVD". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). 
  27. ^ Davies, Rebecca (29 November 2011). "Bindi Irwin "so excited" about new television show". digital spy. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  28. ^ Candace Wise (1 August 2012). "FremantleMedia Enterprises sells Bindi's Bootcamp to Discovery Kids Asia". Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  29. ^ "Production begins on Nim's Island 2 starring Bindi Irwin". mUmBRELLA. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  30. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNKL5GURuao
  31. ^ http://www.peta.org/media/news-releases/petas-statement-re-bindi-irwin-becomes-seaworlds-latest-shill/

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