(born July 22, 1983) is an Australian model, actress and dancer known for her work in the soap opera Home and Away
and the film Step Up 3D
Vinson was born in Sydney, Australia. She was raised by her single mother; her father lives in Canada. Vinson studied with the Australian Theatre for Young People
for four years and enrolled as a student in the Brent Street School of Performing Arts, studying dance when she was twelve. On leaving high school, Vinson continued her studies as a full-time student with the Brent Street School.
Vinson played the role of Cassie Turner
in the Australian soap opera Home and Away
from 2004 to 2008. She joined the show permanently in December 2004, having previously appeared twice on the show as a minor character and auditioning for the role of Martha McKenzie
but losing out to Jodi Gordon
. In 2006 Vinson was nominated for a TV Week Logie Award
for Best New Talent for her performance in Home and Away
. In April, 2008 Vinson announced she would be leaving the series to pursue a career in the United States.
She portrayed the role of Lori Mandel, a pregnant woman held hostage in a bank in NY
Vinson also had a guest role in episode 13 of NCIS
, "Broken Bird", which first aired on 13 January 2009. She played the part of an airline hostess named Jeannette. Vinson also played a minor role in Cold Case
episode "Metamorphosis" as Mia Romanov who worked at the circus.
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