Sharni Vinson has a face that you will recall.
For four years, the Australian actress played Cassie Turner on Home and Away and then appeared in different feature films, including Step Up 3D and You’re Next.
Vinson grew up in Sydney-based Cronulla. She had an active childhood, dancing, and playing different sports.
She began studying at the Brent Street School of Performing Arts in Sydney when she was 12.
“I began to dance at a very early age and come from three generations of musical theatre performers. I studied ballet for many years and then jazz, modern, and hip-hop. I also studied acrobatics and martial arts,” she told Elle in 2013.
Vinson was introduced for the first time to the entertainment industry at 17.
In a pop girl group called Firefox IV, she and three other girls were grouped together to perform. But the group’s first and only single titled ‘Roses’ failed to cut through and soon after the group broke up.
Vinson made her acting debut playing various minor roles in Home and Away after the pop group split. In those roles, she was so pleased with the casting agents that they asked her to play a series on a regular basis.
Originally, Vinson auditioned to play Martha MacKenzie’s role, but instead,
The part of Cassie Turner has landed; an independent but troubled teenager.
Cassie Turner’s character became so dear to the public that at the 2006 Logie Awards, it won Vinson a nomination.
Vinson wanted to move to LA after performing the part for a few years in search of larger roles. She announced her departure from Home and Away in November 2007.
On April 2, 2008, her last performance was.
When Vinson first arrived in the US, she appeared in popular American series such as NCIS and CSI: NY in guest roles.
She landed her breakthrough role in Step Up 3D in 2009 as the female lead.
She appeared in different films in the years that followed. Blue Crush 2, You’re Next and Bait 3D include some notable credits.
More recently, in 2018, Vinson appeared as a judge on the Australian dance reality TV show, Dance Boss. She was joined by Timomatic and Adam Garcia, fellow judges, and host Dannii Minogue.
“Anything dance greatly appeals to me,” she told TV WEEK. “That I got to come back to Australia – and work with Dannii Minogue [the show’s host – was a triple whammy.”
The actress returned to Australia for her judging role on Dance Boss and then returned to the US in the New Year to celebrate Christmas with her family.
While Vinson, 37, typically lives in Los Angeles, due to the pandemic, her social media suggests she has returned to Australia.