ENTERTAINMENT

Tammin Sursok to play Turia Pitt in new biopic

The actress says that Turia's journey made her want to be more resilient.
Loading the player...

South African-born Australian actress Tammin Sursok is set to play burns survivor Turia Pitt in a new biopic. 

WATCH: Turia Pitt on being one of Who’s Most Beautiful people 2019

The Pretty Little Liars star, who suffered two consecutive miscarriages before the birth of her second daughter Lennon, opened up in an interview with Stellar magazine and confessed that learning about Turia’s journey made her want to be more resilient.   

The 36-year-old recalled watching the athlete’s interview with A Current Affair at her Los Angeles home, and said to her partner, “Why don’t we make her into a movie?”

tammin
Tammin was inspired by Turia (Credit: Getty)
turia
In 2011 Turia suffered horrific burns when she was caught in a wildfire during an ultramarathon (Credit: Getty)

“I had a very tough time with my miscarriages and I remember feeling so inspired by Turia and what she experienced. To be able to transcend that with grace and fortitude… and she has so much gratitude. I thought, ‘I need to be more like her’,” Tammin told the publication. 

She continued: “Then I turned to Sean and said, ‘Why don’t we make her into a movie?'”

Production on the film will commence in Sydney next year. 

turia
Turia and her husband Michael (Credit: Instagram )

Turia, who in 2011 was battling to stay alive after suffering burns to 65 per cent of her body from being trapped in a grass fire during an ultramarathon, opened up to New Idea in October about motherhood

The 32-year-old has one child with her fiance Michael, and the couple are expecting another child next year. 

“Motherhood has completely and irrevocably changed my life,” Turia confessed.

“And that’s OK. I always thought that after Hakavai I’d go and do something crazy like Ultraman (three ironman races back-to-back), but now I’ve had him, my priorities have shifted.”

Related stories