Tammin Sursok

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Tammin Sursok
BornTammin Pamela Sursok
(1983-08-19) 19 August 1983 (age 30)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Sean McEwan (m. 2011)
Musical career
LabelsSony BMG (2004–2005) Sony Music (2010-present)
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Tammin Sursok
BornTammin Pamela Sursok
(1983-08-19) 19 August 1983 (age 30)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Sean McEwan (m. 2011)
Musical career
LabelsSony 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]


2000 – 2004: Home and Away[edit]

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.

2006-2010: The Young And The Restless, Spectacular! and Hannah Montana[edit]

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.

2010-present: Pretty Little Liars/Driving By Braille[edit]

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]


2004-2005: Whatever Will Be[edit]

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. The first was "Pointless Relationship" which was successful in Australia. The song was co-written with the Norwegian singer-songwriter Marion Raven, the song debuted at Number 7 on the Australian ARIA Charts, and soon moved up to its peak position of #5. It spent a total twenty weeks in the ARIA Top 100 and was accredited Gold. "Pointless Relationship" was the most added track to radio in its debut week and was #1 on the Australian Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart. 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.[14] 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.

2008-2009: Spectacular! Soundtrack[edit]

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.



YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
2005Whatever Will Be13[15]


YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions


YearSongPeak chart positionsAlbum
2004"Pointless Relationship"5Whatever Will Be
2005"Whatever Will Be"13
"It's a Beautiful Thing"30


2006AquamarineMarjorieSupporting Role
2009Spectacular!CourtneyNickelodeon Original Movie
2009Crossing OverRosalyn
2009Albino FarmStacey
2009The UnknownChanceShort film
2009Neighbors Are FriendsMadeline JamesShort film
2010Flicka 2Carrie McLaughlinDirect-to-DVD
2013Driving by BrailleSarah CorsoDirect-to-DVD
201310 Rules For Sleeping AroundKate Oliver
2000-04Home and AwayDani Sutherland297 episodes
2004Rove LiveHerself1 episode
2007Rules of EngagementWoman1 episode
2007-09The Young and the RestlessColleen Carlton165 episodes
2008In Plain SightNicole1 episode
2010-11Hannah MontanaSiena8 episodes
2010–PresentPretty Little LiarsJenna MarshallRecurring Role
2012Airship DraculaAmeliaTV Mini-Series


2001Logie AwardMost Popular New Female TalentWonHome and Away[17]
2004Logie AwardMost Popular ActressNominatedHome and Away
2008Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Younger Actress in a Drama SeriesNominatedThe Young and the Restless
2013New York Film FestivalBest Actress In A Leading RoleNominated10 Rules for Sleeping Around[18]


  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. ^ http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/lonely-tammin-sursok-ready-to-wed/story-e6frfmyi-1225772522085
  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. ^ Pointless Relationship
  15. ^ a b [1]. Acharts.us. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  16. ^ http://acharts.us/album/41923
  17. ^ 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).
  18. ^ http://tamminsursok.net/en/2013/05/tammin-nominated-for-the-2013-new-york-city-international-film-festival/#more-1604


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