The daughter of the late documentarist-cum-naturalist (and "Crocodile Hunter") Steve Irwin, Australian Bindi Irwin was only eight years old when her father died from a stingray attack in September 2006. She subsequently joined her mother, Terri, by co-hosting a series of all-star musical performances around the world that touted her dad's cause of wildlife appreciation. One of Bindi's first tastes of show business had actually come prior to Steve's death, when she headlined her own exercise video for children, Bindi KidFitness with Steve Irwin and the Crocmen (2006), but she attained broader exposure the following year, by participating with her mother in the documentary tribute My Daddy the Croc Hunter and tackling her own educational series Bindi, the Jungle Girl on the Discovery Kids Network. The latter program found Bindi teaching young viewers to fearlessly love and appreciate exotic animals. It also posthumously featured footage of Steve Irwin and worked in animated sequences of father and daughter together. She made her acting debut in 2010's Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Named after a crocodile and the family dog; Bindi is also an aboriginal term meaning little girl.
- Gave a speech she wrote herself about her father, Steve Irwin, at his 2006 memorial service.
- Won a Daytime Emmy as an Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series at age 9 for her work in the wildlife documentary series Bindi the Jungle Girl.
- Made her fictional debut in 2011 with a book series for young readers called Bindi Wildlife Adventures.
- Is a global ambassador for Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, a nonprofit founded by her parents in 2002.
- All proceeds from Bindi Wear, her eco-friendly children's clothing line, support Australia's conservation programs.
- Was the winner of season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Derek Hough.