Tammin Sursok

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Tammin Sursok
Born Tammin Pamela Sursok
(1983-08-19) 19 August 1983 (age 31)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Sean McEwan (m. 2011)
Children 1
Musical career
Labels Sony BMG (2004–2005) Sony Music (2010-present)

Tammin Pamela Sursok (born 19 August 1983) is a South African-born Australian actress and singer-songwriter. Sursok is best known for her roles as Dani Sutherland on Home and Away, Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless and Jenna Marshall on Pretty Little Liars. In 2005, she released her only album to date, Whatever Will Be.


2000–04: Home and Away[edit]

Her mother Julie is a classically trained pianist and guitarist and as a result, Sursok was brought up surrounded by music. At a young age, Sursok was involved with the Sydney Youth Musical Theatre, where she pursued her interests in acting, music and dance. She also studied with the Trinity Speech and Drama College and graduated with a high distinction. Sursok was educated at Ravenswood School for Girls, in Gordon, Sydney, studying speech and drama in her final years of school. She won her part in the long-running Australian drama series, Home and Away at the end of 1999 after completing Year 10.

After acquiring an agent when she was fourteen, Sursok's first audition was for a role in soap opera television series Home and Away in 1999.[1][2] Sursok received the role of Dani Sutherland, the rebellious eldest daughter of the Sutherland family, who took over the running of the Caravan Park.[3] The actress considered herself lucky to get the part, calling the experience "incredible".[1] She told a writer for TeenHollywood, "It was my first audition, so I thought it always worked like that, and you always get your first audition, but that is not the case."[1] Sursok's performance in the role earned her an win for the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent beating out Caroline Craig, Madeleine West and Karina Brown.[4][5] Sursok's performance earned her an nomination for the Logie Award for Most Popular Actress, losing out to McLeod's Daughters's Lisa Chappell.[6]

2004–06: Whatever Will Be[edit]

Sursok left Home and Away in 2004, so she could pursue a music career and acting opportunities in the United States.[1] The actress explained "I'm 21 and it's time to be more creative. It is scary, but I had to leave before I became stale."[7] In 2004, Sursok confirmed she was signed to Sony BMG Music Entertainment as well as confirming reports that recording had begun for her debut studio album with songwriters Savan Kotecha, David Kreuger, Marion Raven, Steve Booker and producers John Shanks, Per Mangusson and David Kreuger.[8]

Her debut studio album, Whatever Will Be was released on 22 May 2005, under Sony Music Entertainment.[8] "Whatever Will Be" made its debut in the ARIA Albums Chart at number thirteen.[9] During its second week on the chart it remained at its peak position of number thirteen.[10] However during its third week, it had a significant drop by twenty-three spots landing the album at number thirty-six.[11] During its fourth week, it once again fell father landing at number forty-three.[12] It ended its run on June 20, falling completely off the chart and not charting since then.[8][13] The album's lead single, "Pointless Relationship" debuted within the ARIA Singles Chart at number 7 before peaking at number five, spending fifteen weeks on the chart.[14] Upon the song's release it quickly shot to number one on the Australian Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart, becoming the highest charting debut single in years.[8] "Pointless Relationship" certified Platinum in Australia.[14] The second single, "Whatever Will Be" debuted at number thirteen on the ARIA Singles Chart and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the charts.[13] "Whatever Will Be" was the 98th best selling single of 2005 in Australia.[13] The third and final single off Whatever Will Be, "It's a Beautiful Thing" quickly debuted in the ARIA Singles chart at number thirty, the song peaked at number six, spending twelve weeks on the chart.[8] "It's a Beautiful Thing" became the second most downloaded song in its debut week, behind Rob Thomas's "This Is How a Heart Breaks".[8] The also peaked at number forty-nine within the Australian Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart, becoming her lowest charting single.[8]

After the success of her album, Whatever Will Be, plans were made to launch Tammin in the UK, but unexpectedly fell through due to changes at her record label. The title track, "Whatever Will Be", was covered by Vanessa Hudgens for her RIAA-certified debut album, V.

2006–present: Focus on films and television work[edit]

After the fall out of her UK plans, Sursok relocated from Australia to Los Angeles, California in 2006 in order to concentrate on her acting career.[8] That same year she made her film debut in a bit-role in the film Aquamarine. In 2007, Sursok became the third actress to portray Colleen Carlton of American soap opera television series The Young and the Restless after a successful audition, quickly after debut she met rejection from a number of The Young and the Restless viewers.[15][16] Despite negativity she also received positive viewer feedback. "The fans have been really great," she said.[17] In preparation for the role, Sursok tried to catch up on Colleen's history. "I watched the last six months of episodes," she said. "My boyfriend used to date a girl who was obsessed with Y&R, so he knew everything about it and brought me up to speed, as well."[18] Sursok earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Colleen the following year.[15] After two years in the role, the Sursok departed causing the writers killed off Colleen.[19][20] In an interview with Soap Opera Digest in October 2009, Sursok said it was difficult to pursue outside projects and appear on The Young and the Restless as well. Her departure was a mutual decision by her and the show.[20]

In 2009, Sursok starred in the Nickelodeon made-for-television musical film Spectacular!.[8] Sursok portrayed the role of Courtney the lead singer of a high-school choir Spectacular which is fading in popularity convinces a troubled aspiring musician in an attempt to regain their popularity.[8] Sursok recorded over three tracks for the films soundtrack which debuted at 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[8] The film premiered on 16 February 2009 to over 3.7 million viewers[21] and mixed reviews from critics. Sursok took a break from music, but in 2009 she starred in the Nickelodeon Musical film "Spectacular!" The soundtrack was released on 3 February 2009, and recorded in 2008. Sursok appeared on seven songs from the album, including two solos. The soundtrack peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200.

From July 2010 to January 2011, Sursok had a recurring role on the Disney Channel Original Series Hannah Montana. She appeared in a total of eight episodes. In 2010, Sursok was cast in ABC Family's planned television adaptation of the Sara Shepard teen mystery book trilogy Pretty Little Liars. Sursok was cast as Jenna Marshall a teenage girl who is left blind after a prank gone wrong. The series premiered in June that same year to over 2.47 million viewers.[22] In the third season Jenna regains her eyesight. The role is marked as Sursok's most well-known to date internationally. In June 2013, Sursok announced that she will continue her role as Jenna, even though pregnant.[23]

In her first adult film role, she played Sarah Corso in the indie film DRIVING BY BRAILLE, directed by Kristina Lloyd and written by Richard H. Moon, the story of a young woman who relives childhood trauma when she senses her boyfriend is about to propose, and who must sort through the crippling fear and doubt that is holding her back, before her past destroys the couple's future, released on DVD in May 2013. Also starring Ryan Eggold, Steven Bauer, Finola Hughes, Manu Intiraymi, Andrea Marcovicci, Michael Woods, Mary Alexandra Stiefvater, Madeline Moon, and Indi Bellanova.[24]

In 2014, after several reports of Sursok indicating a return to music, she published a collaboration with singer Joe Brooks is a cover of treatment success by A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera "Say Something".[25]

Personal life[edit]

Tammin Sursok was born to Daryl and Julie Sursok in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the age of 4, she emigrated to Sydney, Australia with her family. On 24 August 2011, Sursok married her boyfriend, actor, producer and director Sean McEwen, in Florence, Italy.[26][27][28] Sursok signed an exclusive deal with Australian magazine Woman's Day for the wedding photos[29] In April 2013, Sursok revealed that her movie, Sleeping Around, was filmed in the middle of her wedding.[30] The couple have one child, a daughter, Phoenix Emmanuel (born on 8 October 2013).[31] Sursok also has three dogs, Tiger, Charlie and Sydney[32] She has a tattoo on her waist saying "Mind Body Soul".



Year Album details Peak chart positions
2005 Whatever Will Be 13[13]


Year Album details Peak chart positions
2009 Spectacular! 44[33]


Year Song Peak chart positions Album
2004 "Pointless Relationship" 5 Whatever Will Be
2005 "Whatever Will Be" 13
"It's a Beautiful Thing" 30
2014 "Say Something" (with Joe Brooks) - TBA


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Aquamarine Marjorie Supporting Role
2009 Spectacular! Courtney Nickelodeon Original Movie
2009 Crossing Over Rosalyn
2009 Albino Farm Stacey
2009 The Unknown Chance Short film
2009 Neighbors Are Friends Madeline James Short film
2010 Flicka 2 Carrie McLaughlin Direct-to-DVD
2011 Husk Natalie
2013 Driving by Braille Sarah Corso Direct-to-DVD
2013 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Kate Oliver
2014 Cam2Cam Allie Westbrook
Year Title Role Notes
2000-04 Home and Away Dani Sutherland 297 episodes
2004 Rove Live Herself 1 episode
2007 Rules of Engagement Woman 1 episode
2007-09 The Young and the Restless Colleen Carlton 165 episodes
2008 In Plain Sight Nicole 1 episode
2010-11 Hannah Montana Siena 8 episodes
2010–present Pretty Little Liars Jenna Marshall 42 episodes
2012 Airship Dracula Amelia TV Mini-Series


Year Group Award Result Film/Show
2001 Logie Award Most Popular New Female Talent Won Home and Away[4]
2004 Logie Award Most Popular Actress Nominated Home and Away
2008 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series Nominated The Young and the Restless
2013 New York Film Festival Best Actress In A Leading Role Nominated 10 Rules for Sleeping Around[34]


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  2. ^ "The Young and the Restless Actor - Tammin Sursok". SheKnows Soaps. AtomicOnline. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Mercado 2004, p.264.
  4. ^ a b According to the source, "Sursok played lovable Dani Sutherland on Home And Away for four years, winning the most popular new talent Logie in 2001." See Jonathon Moran, "Sursok's US break on Restless," The Daily Telegraph (12 August 2007).
  5. ^ "2001 Logie Awards". Australiantelevision.net. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "2004 Logie Awards". Australiantelevision.net. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Lyons, Beverley; Bennett, Cath (15 August 2005). "The Razz: Duet harmonies won't be too close". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 12 August 2012. (subscription required)
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  12. ^ "Australia Albums Top 50 / Issue Date: Monday June 20, 2005". Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
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  16. ^ "Home and Away's Tammin Sursok goes all Young and Restless". The Daily Telegraph. 11 April 2008. 
  17. ^ "New Girl In Town". Soaps In Depth. October 2007. 
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  19. ^ "Comings and Goings". Soap Opera Digest. 6 October 2009. 
  20. ^ a b "Y&R's Sursok on Her Exit: "It was all a Wirlwind"". Soap Opera Digest. 20 October 2009. p. 6. 
  21. ^ Nielsens: 36.3 million go for Oscar gold - USATODAY.com
  22. ^ "Pretty Little Liars" Stands as ABC Family’s No. 1 Series Launch on Record Across Target Demos - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers Archived 25 October 2012 at WebCite
  23. ^ "Tweet 342674818904244225". Twitter. 
  24. ^ http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Driving-by-Braille/70273010?strkid=1955956666_0_0&strackid=76a3b8cb0ecdd761_0_srl&trkid=222336
  25. ^ "Say Something - Single — Joe Brooks & Tammin Sursok". https://itunes.apple.com/. iTunes. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Tammin Sursok: My romantic Italain wedding!". Woman's Day Magazine. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  27. ^ "Feautered Weddings-". weddingitaly.com. 
  28. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1002807/
  29. ^ http://tamminsursok.net/en/category/sean-mcewan/
  30. ^ "The movie I literally filmed in the middle of my wedding just got accepted into the New York film festival and will be in cinemas soon!!!". Twitter. 
  31. ^ "Tammin Sursok, Pretty Little Liars Actress, Gives Birth to Baby Girl Phoenix Emmanuel Sursok-McEwen". US Weekley. 8 October 2013. 
  32. ^ "Lonely Tammin Sursok ready to wed". The Daily Telegraph. 14 September 2009. 
  33. ^ http://acharts.us/album/41923
  34. ^ http://tamminsursok.net/en/2013/05/tammin-nominated-for-the-2013-new-york-city-international-film-festival/#more-1604


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