Sharni Vinson

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Sharni Vinson
Sharni Vinson 2011.jpg
Vinson in 2012
Born (1983-07-22) 22 July 1983 (age 31)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actress, dancer, singer and model
Years active 2001–present

Sharni Vinson (born 22 July 1983) is an Australian model, actress and dancer known for her work in the soap opera Home and Away, Bait 3D and the films Step Up 3D and You're Next.

Sharni Vinson was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in the southern beach superb of Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire. As a teenager, she trained and competed at a National Level in swimming, holding a total of 4 State records throughout high school. Sharni began singing, dancing and acting at a young age, becoming the 3rd generation in her family of performers. Her grandmother was Australia's youngest ballerina in 1945 to be offered a scholarship in the Borovansky Ballet Company in England. At the age of 12, Sharni enrolled as a student in the Brent Street School of Performing Arts in Sydney, where she trained for the next 10 years. At the age of 17, she was signed to Roadshow Music Australia as a member of the R&B band, "Foxfire IV", whose debut single 'Roses' reached the top 50 ARIA's charts.


Vinson is still best known amongst Australian audiences for her portrayal of 'Cassie Turner' in the long running television series, "Home and Away". After having previously appeared twice on the show as minor characters, Vinson was asked to join the show permanently in 2004. Her performance earned her a nomination for 'Most Popular New Talent' at the TV Week Logie Awards in 2006. In 2008, Sharni announced she would be leaving the #1 Australian drama series to pursue a career in America, where she was immediately embraced by the entertainment industry.

In January 2008, she was chosen by director David Nutter (Smallville, Supernatural, The Mentalist), to appear in the $50M LG 'Scarlet' TV series campaign, shot in Bangkok,Thailand. From there, she booked continuous guest roles on CSI:NY, NCIS, My Boys, Cold Case, and CW pilot 'Austin Golden Hour'. She also secured herself the lead role in the pilot presentation, 'The Depths', produced by Gregory Bonann (creator/producer 'Baywatch').

In March 2009, after an extensive search for a leading lady with amazing dance ability, Vinson booked the coveted lead role of 'Natalie' in Disney's "Step Up 3D"- the third installment of the 'Step Up' dance film series. The physically demanding role required a brutal 5 month 'boot camp', including 12 hours a day of weight lifting, dance rehearsals, dialect sessions, capoeira classes and parkour training. The 'Step Up' series has since become the most successful dance film franchise of all time, with the 5 films collectively grossing over $450M worldwide. 'Step Up 3D', was released in August 2010 and has since alone grossed over $180M worldwide.

In need of an actress highly accomplished in the water, Vinson's role as the bitchy pro-surfer 'Tara' in 'Blue Crush 2, Wild Coast' was later written in to add Vinson to the film. It was then asked that Vinson display her ocean savvy skills in the middle of shark infested waters in Port Edward, South Africa. The film required all its actors to partake in a vigorous surf camp, where they all learned the ambidextrous way of surfing. The film was released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in June 2011.

By the end of 2011, Sharni had headed back to her home country, where she joined the Australian/Singaporean co-produced shark horror/thriller 'BAIT 3D', written by Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil- Extinction). The film was renamed 'Shark' for Chinese audiences, which literally took a bite out of the China box office after it opened #1 in October 2012, and grossed over $25M in its first 3 weeks.

But it was Vinson's next role which would finally earn her the industry credibility and recognition she had been seeking. In March 2011, Sharni had auditioned for the lead role in a small, low budget indie horror film titled "YOU'RE NEXT", which for months had been unable to cast its lead female actress. It was during her audition that the director and producers became convinced they had finally found their girl, and writer Simon Barrett re-created the role of 'Erin' to suit the actresses' native Australian background. During the film's premiere screening in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival, an immediate bidding war erupted, which eventually saw 'Lionsgate' win out to acquire the film. The company then soon merged with Summit Entertainment, creating a back log in their combined list of films, and by the time "YOU'RE NEXT" was finally released in September 2013, it had sat 'on the shelf' for 2 years. However, due to the buzz which had been building throughout the industry and through the word of mouth of horror fans across the globe, the film managed to open to overwhelming success. 'YOU'RE NEXT' was across the board, named one of the "best horror movies of 2013", and Vinson's role as the perfect blend of girl-next-door meets tough action survivalist, has since earned her the title of America's new 'scream queen'.

In October 2012 Sharni starred in the music video "Put Your Hands Up" for Matchbox 20.

In November 2012, Sharni led the way in 'PATRICK', the remake of an Australian cult classic originally released in 1978. She was asked to play the lead role of 'Nurse Kathy' opposite Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Alien) and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters). The film was shot in Melbourne, Australia and again, earned Sharni critical acclaim for her portrayal of a caring nurse who becomes the subject of her telepathic, murderous coma patient.

Most recently in June 2014, Sharni was asked to join Jackie Chan in his latest action adventure epic, "Dragon Blade", opposite John Cusack (Being John Malkovich) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist). As one of most costly Chinese films of all time, anticipation builds leading up to it's February 2015 release in China. In "Dragon Blade", Sharni plays the Queen of the Roman Empire in the days of early war on the Silk Road.

Personal life[edit]

Between 2007 and 2008, Sharni was in a relationship with actor A.J. Buckley.[1][2][3] From September 2011 until mid 2013 she was in a relationship with actor Kellan Lutz.[4][5]

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Film and television credits
Title Year Role Medium Notes
Home and Away 2004–2008 Cassie Turner TV series
My Boys 2008 Caitlin TV series One episode
CSI:NY 2008 Lori Mandel TV series Episode: "Hostage"
Austin Gold Hour 2008 Lilly TV film
NCIS 2009 Jeannette TV series Episode: "Broken Bird"
Cold Case 2010 Mia Romanov TV series Episode: "Metamorphosis"
Step Up 3D 2010 Natalie Film
Blue Crush 2 2011 Tara Film
Bait 3D 2012 Tina Film
You're Next 2013 Erin Film
Patrick 2013 Kathy Jacquard Film
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