Toni Collette

Actor, Singer, Sales clerk
Australian actress Toni Collette was virtually unknown outside of the Sydney theater scene when she shot to international fame at age 22 with a starring role as an Abba-loving, overweight misfit who gets her revenge in ... Read more »
Born: 11/01/1972 in Blacktown, New South Wales, AU

Filmography

Actor (57)

Glassland 2016 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Blinky Bill the Movie 2015 (Movie)

Cheryl (Voice)

Krampus 2015 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Miss You Already 2015 (Movie)

Milly (Actor)

A Long Way Down 2014 (Movie)

Maureen (Actor)

Hector and the Search for Happiness 2014 (Movie)

Agnes (Actor)

Hostages 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky Them 2014 (Movie)

Ellie Klug (Actor)

Tammy 2014 (Movie)

Missi (Actor)

The Boxtrolls 2014 (Movie)

Lady Portley-Rind (Voice)

Enough Said 2013 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Mental 2013 (Movie)

Shaz (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Way, Way Back 2013 (Movie)

Pam (Actor)

Hitchcock 2012 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Jesus Henry Christ 2012 (Movie)

Patricia Herman (Actor)

Fright Night 2011 (Movie)

Jane Brewster (Actor)

United States of Tara 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Foster 2010 (Movie)

Zooey (Actor)

Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger 2010 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Mary and Max 2009 (Movie)

Mary (Voice)

The Black Balloon 2008 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

Melina Hines (Actor)

2007 BRIT Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening 2007 (Movie)

Nina Mars (Actor)

Tsunami, The Aftermath 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 (Movie)

Sheryl (Actor)

Murderous Intent 2006 (Movie)

Sally Rowe (Actor)

The Dead Girl 2006 (Movie)

Arden (Actor)

The Night Listener 2006 (Movie)

Donna D. Logand (Actor)

In Her Shoes 2005 (Movie)

Rose Feller (Actor)

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

Emily French (Actor)

Dirty Deeds 2003 (Movie)

Sharon Ryan (Actor)

Japanese Story 2003 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

About a Boy 2002 (Movie)

Fiona (Actor)

Changing Lanes 2002 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

8 1/2 Women 2000 (Movie)

Griselda (Actor)

Hotel Splendide 2000 (Movie)

Kath (Actor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Diane Palmieri (Actor)

The Magic Pudding 2000 (Movie)

of Meg Bluegum (Voice)

Lilian's Story 1999 (Movie)

Young Lilian (Actor)

The Boys 1999 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

Lynn Sear (Actor)

Clockwatchers 1998 (Movie)

Iris (Actor)

Diana & Me 1998 (Movie)

Diana Spencer (Actor)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

Mandy Slade (Actor)

Cosi 1997 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

The James Gang 1997 (Movie)

Julia Armstrong (Actor)

Emma 1996 (Movie)

Harriet (Actor)

The Pallbearer 1996 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Arabian Knight 1995 (Movie)

of Nurse (Voice)

Muriel's Wedding 1995 (Movie)

Muriel Heslop (Actor)

Spotswood 1992 (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)

Dinner With Friends (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Black Balloon 2008 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Murderous Intent 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Miss You Already 2015 (Movie)

("Hello Halo (Cooper Todd Remix)") (Song Performer)

Biography

Australian actress Toni Collette was virtually unknown outside of the Sydney theater scene when she shot to international fame at age 22 with a starring role as an Abba-loving, overweight misfit who gets her revenge in the lively hit, "Muriel's Wedding" (1994). Collette's strong first impression as a frumpy sad sack from Down Under was the first of a remarkably wide range of physical and psychological transformations the actress would become known for. International filmmakers sought Collette's gift for totally inhabiting characters. So convincing was her palette of international accents and so thorough were her physical metamorphoses that audiences often times did not realize they were watching the same actress in "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "About a Boy" (2002) and "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). Her unique gift for inhabiting a multitude of characters came to full fruition with her Emmy-winning role as a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder on the Diablo Cody-scripted dramedy, "The United States of Tara" (Showtime, 2009- ). Unconcerned with stardom, Collette enjoyed creative freedom and made consistently interesting project choices that showcased her instinctive acting style, quick wit and significant depth.

Relationships

Bob Collette

Father

Judy Collette

Mother

Ben Collette

Brother
Born 1981

Christopher Collette

Brother
Born March 1976

Dave Galafassi

Husband
Married Jan. 11, 2003 in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

Sage Galafassi

Daughter
Born Jan. 9, 2008; father, Dave Galafassi

Arlo Galafassi

Son
Born April 22, 2011; father, Dave Galafassi

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Actor

Companion
Appeared together in "Velvet Goldmine" (1998) Dated for one year No longer together

EDUCATION

National Institute of Dramatic Art

Attended for a year and a half before leaving to work on the Sydney stage in "Uncle Vanya"

Milestones

2015

Teamed with Adam Scott and David Koechner in the horror comedy film "Krampus."

2014

Provided the voice of Lady Cynthia Portley-Rind in the animated feature "The Boxtrolls."

2013

Starred with Dylan McDermott on the series "Hostages."

2012

Was cast in the biographical drama "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins.

2011

Co-starred with Colin Farrell in a remake of 1985 horror "Fright Night.'

2009

Played a wife and mother with Dissociative Identity Disorder on the Showtime series "United States of Tara," created by writer Diablo Cody. Collette earned SAG and Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance.

2008

Co-starred in Alan Ball's directorial debut "Towelhead."

2006

Released debut album as a musician Beautiful Awkward Pictures, recorded with her band The Finish.

2006

Co-starred with Robin Williams in an adaptation of Armistead Maupin's novel "The Night Listener."

2006

Co-starred with Greg Kinnear and Steve Carell in hit comedy "Little Miss Sunshine," receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.

2006

Played an aid worker in "Tsunami: The Aftermath," a two-part HBO/BBC joint production that dramatized events following the 2004 tsunami in Asia, and received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series.

2005

Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in drama feature "In Her Shoes," based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Weiner.

2004

Co-starred with Nia Vardalos in the comedy "Connie and Carla"; written by Nia Vardalos and directed by Michael Lembeck.

2003

Starred as a geologist in "Japanese Story."

2002

Played a struggling single mother opposite Hugh Grant in the comedy "About a Boy," earing a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

2002

Co-starred with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson in "Changing Lanes."

2002

Appeared as a 1950s housewife troubled by secrets in "The Hours."

2001

Co-starred as Beth, a woman facing the end of her marriage, in the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends."

2000

Made her Broadway debut in "The Wild Party," a musical by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe, and received Tony nomination for her performance.

2000

Appeared in John Singleton's remake of "Shaft."

1999

Earned an Oscar nomination for her co-starring role as the mother of a psychic child in "The Sixth Sense."

1998

Delivered strong supporting turn in the Australian film "The Boys."

1998

Won critical praise for her performance in the glam-rock themed indie feature "Velvet Goldmine."

1997

Essayed the lead role of Diana Spencer in Australian film "Diana and Me."

1996

Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in the Jane Austin adaptation "Emma," directed by Douglas McGrath.

1994

Won international accolades for her performance as the title character in the Australian comedy "Muriel's Wedding, a role she gained 40 pounds to play.

1992

Made her feature acting debut in "Spotswood/The Efficiency Expert."

1990

Appeared in the Australian TV series "A Country Practice".

Bonus Trivia

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Grew up in Blacktown, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

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Faked appendicitis at age 11 and was so convincing that her doctor had it removed, even though it was later discovered that there was nothing wrong with it.

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Studied with Australian Theatre for Young People and National Institute of Dramatic Art.

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Made her performing debut at age 14 in a school production of "Godspell."

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"When I read a script I either love it or not. It's an instinctual response from my gut and it bypasses any analytical game I might play. I just look for things that are honest and true." - from The Guardian, Aug. 20, 2006

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