Toni Collette Biography
Toni Collette is an Australian actress and musician born on 1st November 1972 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia. She was born under the surname “Collett”, but added an “e” at the end for her stage name. She won golden globe award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for her role in United States of Tara.
Her parents are Judith (née Cook), a customer-service representative, and Bob Collett, a truck driver. She has two younger brothers, Ben and Christopher.
Toni Collette Age
She was born on 1st November 1972 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia.
Toni Collette Career
Toni Collette attended Blacktown Girls’ High School until the age of 16, and later attended both the Australian Theatre for Young People and National Institute of Dramatic Art. Her first acting role was onstage in the musical Godspell in Sydney in her early teens.
In 1990 she made her television debut in a guest appearance on the Seven Network drama series A Country Practice. In 1992, she made her feature film debut as part of the ensemble comedy-drama Spotswood (known in the U.S. as The Efficiency Expert).
In 1994 she starred as Muriel Heslop in Muriel’s Wedding, the role earned her the Australian award for Best Actress at the Australian Film Institute Awards. She gained 18 kg (40 lb) in seven weeks.
In 1996 Toni Collette was part of the ensemble cast of the comedy, Così, and had a leading role in Emma as the naïve Harriet Smith. In 1998, she appeared in The Boys, based on a Sydney stage play of the same name.
Toni Collette turned down the title role in Bridget Jones’s Diary because she was committed to perform on Broadway at the time. In 2000, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the mother of a troubled boy in the 1999 U.S. film The Sixth Sense, which also starred Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.
In 2003, Toni Collette played the lead role in Japanese Story as an Australian geologist traversing an arc of emotions in the course of an intense relationship with a visiting Japanese businessman, she won the
Australian Film Institute award for Best Actress for the performance.
In 2005 she starred in ‘In Her Shoes’, a comedy-drama about the relationship between two uncommon sisters and their estranged grandmother. Based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner. Toni Collette was subsequently nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Actress for her performance of a successful-but-lonely lawyer with low self-esteem.
In 2006, Toni Collette starred in Little Miss Sunshine, a comedy-drama-road movie about a family’s trip to a children’s beauty pageant. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006, and its distribution rights were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures for one of the biggest deals made in the history of the festival. Toni Collette received a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of the family’s worn-out matriarch.
In 2008, Toni Collette accepted the leading role in the Showtime comedy-drama series, United States of Tara. Created by Steven Spielberg and Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, the show revolves around a wife and mother of two with dissociative identity disorder, coping with her seven alternate personalities. Originally planned for a twelve episode season, the series was picked up for a second and third season, broadcast in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Toni Collette won both the Primetime Emmy Award for
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and the Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her performance on the show.
In 2011 and 2012, Toni Collette took on a slew of supporting roles in independent films, as well as the 2011 remake of Fright Night. She also appeared in, among others, Jesus Henry Christ and Mental.
In 2014, Toni Collette starred in the negatively received tragi-comedy A Long Way Down, with Pierce Brosnan and Aaron Paul, had a cameo in the poorly received Melissa McCarthy vehicle Tammy, and appeared in Hector and the Search for Happiness opposite Simon Pegg.
In August 2015 she appeared in the SBS series Who Do You Think You Are?. Her subsequent roles included the drama Miss You Already opposite Drew Barrymore and the drug drama Glassland with Will Poulter.
In September 2015, Toni Collette joined the cast for the film adaption of Craig Silvey’s Australian novel Jasper Jones, and performed the voice of the two emus Beryl and Cheryl in Blinky Bill the Movie.
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Toni Collette Music Career
In October 2006, Toni Collette began touring Australia to promote her first vocal album Beautiful Awkward Pictures, released on Hoola Hoop Records under the name Toni Collette & the Finish, a band for which her husband plays drums. Toni Collette appeared on the Australian television show Cool Aid and performed the song “Look Up” from the album. In July 2007, Collette and the Finish were a headlining act at the Sydney show of Live Earth. She sang a cover of T. Rex’s “Children of the Revolution” with The Finish.
Toni Collette Movies
- 1992: Spotswood as Wendy Robinson
- 1993: The Thief and the Cobbler as Mad Holy Old Witch(Voice)
- 1994: This Marching Girl Thing as Cindy
- 1994: Muriel’s Wedding as Muriel Heslop
- 1995: Clockers as Virginia Martin
- 1996: Così as Julie
- 1996: The Pallbearer as Cynthia
- 1996: Emma as Harriet Smith
- 1996: Lilian’s Story as Young Lilian Singer
- 1997: Clockwatchers as Iris Chapman
- 1997: The James Gang as Julia Armstrong
- 1997: Diana & Me as Diana Spencer
- 1998: The Boys as Michelle
- 1998: Velvet Goldmine as Mandy Slade
- 1999: 8½ Women as Griselda / Sister Concordia
- 1999: The Sixth Sense as Lynn Sear
- 2000: Shaft as Diane Palmieri
- 2000: An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster as Madame Mousey Voice (Uncredited)
- 2000: Hotel Splendide as Kath
- 2000: The Magic Pudding as Meg Bluegum (Voice)
- 2002: Changing Lanes as Michelle
- 2002: About a Boy as Fiona
- 2002: Dirty Deeds as Sharon
- 2002: The Hours as Kitty
- 2003: Japanese Story as Sandy Edwards
- 2004: The Last Shot as Emily French
- 2004: Connie and Carla as Carla
- 2005: In Her Shoes as Rose Feller
- 2006: Little Miss Sunshine as Sheryl Hoover
- 2006: The Night Listener as Donna D. Logand
- 2006: Like Minds as Sally
- 2006: The Dead Girl as Arden
- 2007: Evening as Nina Mars
- 2007: Towelhead as Melina Hines
- 2008: The Black Balloon as Maggie Mollison
- 2008: Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger as Mary
- 2009: Mary and Max as Mary Daisy Dinkle
- 2011: Jesus Henry Christ as Patricia Herman
- 2011: Fright Night as Jane Brewster
- 2011: Foster as Zooey
- 2012: Hitchcock as Peggy Robertson
- 2012: Mental as Shaz
- 2013: The Way, Way Back as Pam
- 2013: Enough Said as Sarah
- 2013: Lucky Them as Ellie Klug
- 2014: A Long Way Down as Maureen
- 2014: Tammy as Missi
- 2014: Hector and the Search for Happiness as Agnes
- 2014: The Boxtrolls as Lady Portley Rind (Voice)
- 2014: Glassland as Jean
- 2015: Blinky Bill the Movie as Beryl and Cheryl (Voice)
- 2015: Miss You Already as Milly
- 2015: Krampus as Sarah
- 2016: Jasper Jones as Ruth Bucktin
- 2016: Imperium as Angela Zamparo
- 2017: XXX: Return of Xander Cage as Jane Marke
- 2017: The Yellow Birds as Amy Bartle
- 2017: Fun Mom Dinner as Kate
- 2017: Unlocked as Emily Knowles
- 2017: Madame as Anne
- 2018: Please Stand By as Scottie
- 2018: Hereditary as Annie Graham
- 2018: Hearts Beat Loud as Leslie
- 2018: Velvet Buzzsaw
Toni Collette TV Series
- 1990: A Country Practice as Tracy
- 2001: Dinner with Friends as Beth
- 2006: Tsunami: The Aftermath as Kathy Graham
- 2009–11: United States of Tara as Tara Gregson
- 2012: Rake as Claudia Marshall, Premier of New South Wales
- 2013–14: Hostages as Ellen Sanders
- 2014: Devil’s Playground as Margaret Wallace
- 2018: Wanderlust as Joy Richards
Toni Collette Album
Beautiful Awkward Pictures (2006) – Toni Collette & The Finish
Toni Collette Husband
On 11th January 2003 Collette married musician Dave Galafassi. They have two children a daughter, Sage Florence, born on 9 January 2008, and a son, Arlo Robert, born on 22 April 2011.