Bindi Irwin Through the Years: From ‘Jungle Girl’ to ‘DWTS’ Champ

Bindi Irwin is living her best life. The conservationist has been capturing hearts across the world since she first appeared on TV at the age of 2 alongside her late father, Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin.

Bindi went on to land her own show, Bindi the Jungle Girl, in 2007, around the same time that she launched her singing career. The series also featured Bindi’s mother, Terri Irwin, and younger brother, Robert Irwin.

After Steve’s untimely death in 2006, his daughter started following in his footsteps more than ever before, making appearances on talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show With David Letterman and Larry King Live in an effort to keep Steve’s legacy and work alive.

“Dad will always be my superhero,” Bindi told Us Weekly exclusively in 2018. “He was just the most amazing person, and everyone knew him as the ultimate wildlife warrior, but to me he was the best dad.”

Bindi added a Daytime Emmy Award to her collection of accolades in 2008. She continued to find success in the TV industry as the years went on, perhaps most notably on Dancing With the Stars in 2015. She competed on season 21 with pro partner Derek Hough and ultimately took home the coveted mirrorball trophy.

More recently, Bindi got engaged to her longtime love, Chandler Powell. The couple, who started dating in 2013, shared the news with fans on social media in July 2019.

“I think Dad truly would’ve loved Chandler,” the bride-to-be told Us in September 2019. “Chandler is so kind and thoughtful and there for me and my family, no matter what. I think that’s what’s so special, is that Chandler, he’s extraordinary because he’s always there for me 100 percent. Whether it’s good times or challenging times, he’s there to give me a hug when I need it or a word of encouragement when I’m feeling low. It’s really special to have someone who is always in your corner.”

Scroll down to take a look back at Bindi through the years!

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December 2005

Bindi looked adorable in a pink dress while celebrating her brother Robert’s 2nd birthday at Australia Zoo in December 2005.

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September 2006

Bindi delivered an emotional eulogy at her dad’s televised funeral in September 2006, days after the 44-year-old was killed by a stingray barb while filming one of his shows. Bindi received a standing ovation for her touching remarks at the memorial service.

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September 2006

Bindi became the youngest person to ever appear on the cover of New Idea in the Australian magazine’s 104-year history in September 2006.

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June 2007

Bindi the Jungle Girl premiered on Discovery Kids in June 2007. Steve filmed several episodes with his daughter prior to his death. The show ran for two seasons.

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June 2008

Bindi won the Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for her role in Bindi the Jungle Girl in June 2008, making her the youngest performer to ever win a Daytime Emmy.

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March 2010

Bindi starred as the lead character, Kirra, in the 2010 movie Free Willy: Escape From Pirate’s Cove.


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July 2012

The TV personality hosted her own children’s game show, Bindi’s Bootcamp, which aired from July 2012 to October 2015.

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October 2014

The Australian Geographic Society awarded Bindi with the Young Conservationist of the Year honor in October 2014 for her work with the protection and preservation of nature.

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September 2015

Bindi and Hough were named the champions of Dancing With the Stars season 21 in September 2015, marking his sixth career win.


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July 2019

The Crikey! It’s the Irwins star announced her engagement to Powell on her 21st birthday in July 2019. “Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m so looking forwarding to spending our forever together as your wife. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose and unconditional love. — Now let’s get married already!”


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March 2020

Bindi married Powell at Australia Zoo in March 2020, hours before the Australian government enforced a lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bride’s brother, Robert, walked her down the aisle, and the newlyweds lit a candle in Steve’s memory.

“There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now,” Bindi wrote via Instagram. “We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe.”

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