Isabel was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her father is Australian and her mother is Swiss. When she was age 6, her family moved to Switzerland for a year. They moved back to Melbourne for a while before moving to a very small mining town in the Northern Territory (population 1,000). Along with her sister, she attended the Jabiru Area School, which included both white and Aboriginal children.
Isabel was always involved in drama during her time at school. She went on to study drama at the Victorian College of Arts and Queensland University of Technology. She never auditioned for roles until she was discovered by her agent in 2002. She auditioned for the part of Kit Hunter on "Home and Away" (1988). They felt she wasn't right for the part but were sufficiently impressed and created a new role for her, Tasha. She spent 3 years playing her first television role and won a Logie Award (for new popular talent) for her performance.
In 2008, she moved to Los Angeles. Her breakthrough role came in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).
Soft spoken voice
Frequently wears headbands
Is of Swiss origin on her mother's side. She speaks French and German in addition to her native English.
Received the Australian TV Week Logie Award for Best New Talent (April 18, 2004).
Is a big animal lover. She has lots of animals on her family's acreage in North Queensland, including birds, guinea pigs, horses, dogs and cats.
Along with other protesters (including "Heroes" (2006/II) star Hayden Panettiere), she paddled out on surfboards to a pod of dolphins off the coast of Japan to protest the killing of dolphins on Thursday 1st of November 2007.
Was involved in a car crash with Shia LaBeouf in July 2008. Lucas escaped with only scratches and bruises but LeBeouf was left with a crushed hand needing extensive surgery. LeBeouf's car had been hit by another vehicle traveling at 70mph and running a red light.
Isabel was extremely passionate about her acting, and attended pro workshop acting classes at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney Australia before taking her career to the States.
Ranked #84 in the 2011 FHM (Australia) list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
She has been a keen horse rider from the age of 10 and has competed in dressage and show jumping.
Isabel is an Ambassador for World Vision, helping to raise awareness of the plight of children in developing countries. Isabel is also a sponsor for a 10-year-old girl from Zambia and her parents sponsor children from Africa, Latin America and Asia.
"I keep asking myself "why am I so special?". I don't understand why I'm so blessed to be in this position" (on getting her role on "Home and Away" (1988)).
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