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Phoebe Tonkin      

Actress & Model; Known for " H₂O: Just Add Water"

Phoebe Tonkin is an Australian actress and model. She is best known for portraying Cleo Sertori in "H2O: Just Add Water," Fiona Maxwell in "Tomorrow, When the War Began," Faye Chamberlain in "The Secret Circle," and Hayley in "The Vampire Diaries."

When she was four, Tonkin attended several dance courses in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance and tap dance. At the age of 12, she began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre. She later graduated from Queenwood School for Girls in Balmoral, New South Wales. Tonkin has appeared in a number of commercials which include Vauxhall Motors and Chick Management and modeled for Girlfriend, Teen Vogue, and Dolly. She has also appeared in Miles Fisher's music video "Don't Let Go." In 2012 Tonkin opened a website about health with friend Teresa Palmer called Yourzenlife.

In December 2005, Tonkin was cast as the role of Cleo Sertori on the Australian children television series "H2O: Just Add Water," which follows the lives of three teenage girls who turn into mermaids. The series premiered in July 2006 on Network Ten and has since gone on to be aired to a worldwide audience of more than 250 million. In 2008, Tonkin was nominated for "Best Lead Actress in a Television Series" at the prestigious Australian Film Institute Awards. The series ran for three seasons with the series finale airing in April 2010.

Tonkin has also appeared on fellow Australian television shows "Packed to the Rafters" and "Home and Away." In September 2010, Tonkin made her film debut starring in the Australian action ensemble film "Tomorrow, When the War Began." In the film, which revolves around a group of teenagers waging a guerrilla war against an invading foreign power in their fictional hometown of Wirrawee, she played the role of the rich and uptight Fiona Maxwell. In December 2010, a sequel was announced with Tonkin expected to return.

In January 2011, Tonkin moved to Los Angeles to pursue an international acting career. She was cast in March 2011 as Faye Chamberlain on The CW supernatural drama series "The Secret Circle," which premiered in September 2011 to over 3.5 million viewers. The series follows a group of young witches whom are a part of a secret coven. Tonkin has received acclaim from critics being referred to as the breakout star of the series; she was featured on Variety's list of "new faces to watch" and named one of 2011's breakout TV stars by E! Online. "The Secret Circle," however, had only one full season.

In August 2010, Tonkin was cast in the 3D horror film "Bait." Filming took place on Australia's Gold Coast and follows a group of strangers who are trapped in a supermarket after a freak tsunami with a pack of great white sharks. In August 2012, Tonkin joined the cast of The CW television series, "The Vampire Diaries," in the recurring role of Hayley, a friend of Tyler. She joined her co-star from "H2O: Just Add Water," Claire Holt, who portrays Rebekah Mikaelson on the show.

In January 2013, The CW confirmed that a spin-off series to "The Vampire Diaries" was in the works, titled "The Originals." The series will revolve around the Original Vampire family members.

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