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: 10/31/1972 in Blacktown, New South Wales, AU

Filmography

Actor (54)

Glassland 2015 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Miss You Already 2015 (Movie)

(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 (2)

Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Murderous Intent 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

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

2012

Cast in biographical drama "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins

2011

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

2009

Played a wife and mother of two with Dissociative Identity Disorder on Showtime series "United States of Tara"; earned SAG (2009) and Emmy (2010) nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

2008

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

2007

Cast in Michael Cunningham's film adaptation of Susan Minot's novel "Evening"

2006

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

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; received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series

2006

Released debut album Beautiful Awkward Pictures, recorded with her band The Finish

2006

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

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 as a narcissistic and manipulative English bombshell starlet in "The Last Shot"

2004

Co-starred with Nia Vardalos in the comedy "Connie and Carla"; writtten 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"; received 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 Broadway debut in "The Wild Party," a musical by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe; received Tony nomination as Actress in a Musical

2000

Appeared in John Singleton's remake of "Shaft"

1999

Co-starred as the mother of a psychic child in "The Sixth Sense"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1998

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

1998

Featured in "Velvet Goldmine" as the wife of a glam rocker played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers

1997

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

1996

Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma"; directed by Douglas McGrath

1995

Portrayed the young version of the title character in the Australian film "Lilian's Story"

1994

Won international attention as the title character in Australian comedy "Muriel's Wedding"; gained 40 pounds for the role

1992

Feature acting debut, "Spotswood/The Efficiency Expert"

1990

Acted in the Australian TV series "A Country Practice"

1989

Attended college for a year and a half; left to work on the Sydney stage

1988

Left school to pursue an acting career

1986

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

Raised in Blacktown, a suburb of Sydney, Australia

Worked with the Australian Theatre for Young People

Bonus Trivia

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"I'd like to study iridology. It's a form of holistic medicine where you look into a person's eye and you can tell exactly how they're functioning inside. I find that just amazing." – Collette to New York, May 11, 1998

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"I don't understand why I do what I do. I don't understand why I act anymore. But I do know that I love it, and that I find it really interesting and satisfying to enter into other worlds and explore different ways of thinking. If that makes me an exhibitionist, then fine. I don't think of it like that, I can't see it like that, but I totally understand why you would say that." – Collette quoted in Vogue Australia, August 1998

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"I pretty much try to work on films that I believe in and that really resonate with me in a very real place. I've never had a game plan. I'm just trying to do good work and keep it interesting for myself, and work with inspirational people. The luxury of working in the arts is that you don't have to go to the office everyday. There is a lot of variation involved so I really like to vary it and play different roles." – Collette in Venice magazine, February 2004

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