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.


Early 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. 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.

Personal life[edit]

On 24 August 2011, Sursok married her boyfriend, actor, producer and director Sean McEwen, in Florence, Italy.[1][2][3] Sursok signed an exclusive deal with Australian magazine Woman's Day for the wedding photos[4] In April 2013, Sursok revealed that her movie, Sleeping Around, was filmed in the middle of her wedding.[5] The couple have one child, a daughter, Phoenix Emmanuel (born on 8 October 2013).[6] Sursok also has three dogs, Tiger, Charlie and Sydney[7] She has an tattoo on her waist saying "Mind Body Soul".


In 2000, Sursok was cast in the Seven Network soap opera television series Home and Away. Sursok portrayed the role of Dani Sutherland, a teenager rebelling against her parents decision to move to Summer Bay. The following year Sursok won the Logie Award for "Best New Female Talent" for her performance as Sutherland. In 2002 she was selected as Junior Youth Ambassador for New South Wales. In 2003, she received the Australian Centenary Medal for her "Service to Australian Society and Acting". In 2004 she left the series after four years to fully focus on her budding music career. The same year she was nominated for Australian of the Year.

In 2006 Sursok relocated from Australia to Los Angeles, California to concentrate on her acting career. That same year she made her film debut in a bit-role in the film Aquamarine. The following year she appeared on the CBS sitcom television series Rules of Engagement. The same year she successfully auditioned for the role of Colleen Carlton in the American soap opera television series The Young and the Restless.[8] Sursok was the third actress to portray the role of Colleen Carlton. Her performance received praise from both critics and viewers. The following year she was nominated for "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series" at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her role on the series. In 2009 she announced she was leaving the series to pursue other opportunities.[9] Her character's onscreen death was met with both positive and critical reviews. In 2009, Sursok starred in the Nickelodeon made-for-television musical film Spectacular!. 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. Sursok recorded over three tracks for the films soundtrack which debuted at 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The film premiered on 16 February 2009 to over 3.7 million viewers[10] and mixed reviews from critics. 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.[11] In the third season Jenna regains her eye sight. 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.[12]

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.[13]

Music career[edit]

It was announced by Sursok that she will be pursuing an career in music, with her debut single, "Pointless Relationship", being released on November 14, 2004 and debuting in the top 10 of the Australian singles chart the following week at number 7, it later reached number 5 in the ARIA charts at its peak and stayed in the ARIA Top 40 for 15 weeks as well became is certified Platinum in Australia.[14] The single was planned for a UK release on 5 September 2005 and then 19 September 2005, but was cancelled due to Tammin being contracted to a movie, which failed to materialize.[15] From 2004 to 2005, Sursok was recording her debut album, Whatever Will Be. under Sony BMG Records. To promote the record, she released two singles from the album, prior to its release. Her next single "Whatever Will Be" was released on 28 March 2005. It was later covered by American singer Vanessa Hudgens for her debut album, V. The full length album was released on 22 May 2005. It was received to positive acclaim. The third and final single "It's a Beautiful Thing" was released on 24 July 2005. It charted 30 on the Australian ARIA Charts and stayed in the top one hundred for twelve weeks.

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.

In 2014, she published a collaboration with singer Joe Brooks is a cover of treatment success by A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera "Say Something".[16]



Year Album details Peak chart positions
2005 Whatever Will Be 13[17]


Year Album details Peak chart positions
2009 Spectacular! 44[18]


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 40 episodes
2012 Airship Dracula Amelia TV Mini-Series
2014 Austin & Ally Girl 1 episode


Year Group Award Result Film/Show
2001 Logie Award Most Popular New Female Talent Won Home and Away[19]
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[20]


  1. ^ "Tammin Sursok: My romantic Italain wedding!". Woman's Day Magazine. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Feautered Weddings-". weddingitaly.com. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1002807/
  4. ^ http://tamminsursok.net/en/category/sean-mcewan/
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Tammin Sursok, Pretty Little Liars Actress, Gives Birth to Baby Girl Phoenix Emmanuel Sursok-McEwen". US Weekley. 8 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lonely Tammin Sursok ready to wed". The Daily Telegraph. 14 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Home and Away's Tammin Sursok goes all Young and Restless". The Daily Telegraph. 11 April 2008. 
  9. ^ name="Soap Opera Digest Sursok on Her Exit">"Y&R's Sursok on Her Exit: "It was all a Wirlwind"". Soap Opera Digest. 20 October 2009. p. 6. 
  10. ^ Nielsens: 36.3 million go for Oscar gold - USATODAY.com
  11. ^ "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
  12. ^ "Tweet 342674818904244225". Twitter. 
  13. ^ http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Driving-by-Braille/70273010?strkid=1955956666_0_0&strackid=76a3b8cb0ecdd761_0_srl&trkid=222336
  14. ^ "More Tammin Sursok Bios & Profiles". http://www.filmbug.com/. FilmBug. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Pointless Relationship
  16. ^ "Say Something - Single — Joe Brooks & Tammin Sursok". https://itunes.apple.com/. iTunes. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  17. ^ a b [1]. Acharts.us. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  18. ^ http://acharts.us/album/41923
  19. ^ 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).
  20. ^ http://tamminsursok.net/en/2013/05/tammin-nominated-for-the-2013-new-york-city-international-film-festival/#more-1604


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