Home and Away star's surprise reality TV move: 'Hell yes'

Sharni Vinson will be back on Aussie screens later this month.

Popular Home and Away star Sharni Vinson is set to return to Australian screens this month. The actress, 39, is best known for playing Cassie Turner on the soap from 2005 to 2008.

While she has found modest success in Hollywood, playing the main character in Step Up 3D and the horror film You’re Next, she has now turned her sights to reality TV. Sharni is hoping to take out the competition in the star-studded cast of Survivor: Heroes v Villains, premiering on Channel 10 on January 30.

Home and Away stars Jodi Gordon, Sharni Vinson, Isabel Lucas, Indiana Evans at a red carpet event
Former Home and Away star Sharni Vinson is competing on Australian Survivor this year. Photo: Getty

Australia’s 10th season has deviated from the original US Heroes v Villains season with all returning players, choosing to bring back 11 returning players and adding 13 new contestants.

Sharni is slated to appear on the ‘Heroes’ tribe, alongside former winner Hayley Leake, US two-time winner Sandra Diaz-Twine’s daughter Nina, The Project star Benjamin Law and former AFL player David Zaharakis.

The former soap star will be competing against the ‘Villains’ tribe, which includes another contestant with a Home and Away connection: Sam Frost’s fiancé and soon-to-be father Jordie Hansen.


The tribe also includes the “King George of Bankstown” George Mladenov, Miss World Australia Sarah Marschke, Real Housewives of Melbourne’s Anjali Rao and ‘hard-nosed journalist’ Michael Warren.

Sharni Vinson wearing a Survivor buff on an island
The actress has been dubbed a 'Hero' for this year's season. Photo: Ten

In the latest promo released by the network, Sharni, labelled a ‘Scream Queen’ in the US for her horror film work, is pitted against ‘Beauty Queen’ Sarah. She hints at some survival skills picked up from her years working on movie sets.

“Australia may remember me from Home and Away,” she begins. “I played a survivalist in a horror movie called You’re Next. They refer to me in America as ‘Scream Queen’,” she reveals.

The star believes that the heroes will come out on top and adds: “Everybody knows that the hero always wins.”

This latest season is the first to be filmed in Samoa since 2017, with the past two seasons being filmed in Queensland due to the Covid pandemic.

Sharni brings years of dance experience to the island, with many fans saying she has a good shot at winning the entire competition.


“You’re gonna absolutely slay the others when it comes to challenges that are about stamina, flexibility and agility!!! And to be honest, I’m gonna call it now. That you actually win the whole damn thing!!!!!” one fan gushed on social media.

“What!!!!! Hell yes! This is amazing,” another added.

“She’s about to chop heads like she did in You’re Next,” a third quipped.

“She’s a final girl. That’s why she’s a hero,” another remarked.

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