Sharni Vinson (born 22 July 1983) is an Australian model, dancer and actress best known for her roles in Home and Away, Bait 3D, Step Up 3D and You're Next.
Born in Sydney, Vinson grew up in the southern beach suburb of Cronulla. As a teenager, Vinson trained and competed at a national level in swimming, holding a total of four state records throughout high school. Vinson began singing, dancing and acting at a young age, becoming the third generation in her family of performers. In 1945 Vinson's grandmother was the youngest ballerina to be offered a scholarship in the Brovansky Ballet Company in England. At the age of twelve, Vinson enrolled as a student at the Brent Street School of Performing Arts in Sydney.
Vinson's introduction into the entertainment industry was initially as a musician, before a transition to acting. At seventeen years old, Vinson and three other girls were grouped together in a Pop/R&B girl group, Foxfire IV. The group's first and only single to date, "Roses", failed to make an impact and the group disbanded shortly after.