Phoebe Tonkin is an Australian actress and model. She is best known for her role as Hayley on "The Vampire Diaries." The character was eventually moved to the series' spin-off, "The Originals."
Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin was born in Sydney, Australia on July 12, 1989. By age 4, Phoebe was already involved in several different types of dance classes, including ballet, tap, hip hop, and contemporary dance. At age 12, she was attending the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre, which included courses in Shakespeare, Script to Stage, Clowning Around, and Musical Theatre. Phoebe eventually went on to the Loreto Kirribilli and Queenwood School for Girls in Balmoral, widely renowned for its excellent drama department. While in attendence, she was involved in such plays as Antigone, White Crane, and Venetian Twins. She even took the 2005 state final prize at the school's annual Shakespeare festival for her performance in a Midsummer Night's Dream.
Phoebe eventually made the transition into television with her first starring role as Cleo on the popular children's series, "H2O: Just Add Water," which revolved around three teenage girl being turned into mermaids. The show went on for three seasons, and even lead to Phoebe being nominated for "Best Lead Actress in a Television Series" at the Australian Film Institute Awards in 2008. From here, she was cast in her first film, "Tomorrow, When the War Began," in 2010.
After this, Phoebe moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career as an actress. She has gone on to star in a variety of TV series, including "Home and Away," "The Secret Circle," and, of course, The CW's "Vampire Diaries." The series has since been spun-off since its debut in 2009, with Phoebe's character, Hayley, now appearing on "The Originals" full time.
Along with her acting, Phoebe also models, and has been seen on the pages of Girlfriend, Teen Vogue, and Dolly. She started a health website called YourZenLife, as well, which she co-founded with actress and friend, Teresa Palmer.