Toni Collette

  • Birth Name: Antonia Collette
  • Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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Biography

Toni Collette had only a couple of roles under her belt when she gained her breakout role (not to mention 40 pounds) as a quirky introvert in the hit 1994 comedy Muriel's Wedding. Unfortunately, she was so convincing as a frump that it took years for her to convince the industry that she could play attractive, too. A string of solid supporting performances followed---she was Gwyneth Paltrow's homely friend in Emma and the wallflower in a quartet of temps in the indie Clockwatchers---until she proved she could be fabulous in an Angela Bowie-type turn as an ugly duckling turned sequin-covered swan in the glam-rock drama Velvet Goldmine. Her powerful performance as a single mom grappling with her son's supernatural abilities in 1999's Sixth Sense earned her an Oscar nod, and a slew of domestic roles followed: a suicidal mom in About a Boy, an unhappy housewife with sapphic desires in The Hours and Cameron Diaz's dumpy sister in In Her Shoes, a throwback to her roles of old that required her to gain, then lose, a striking amount of weight. But 2006 was a banner year for the versatile player: Not only did Collette earn a pair of Golden Globe nominations for her work as an addled mom in the indie Little Miss Sunshine and a harried aid worker in the TV-movie Tsunami: The Aftermath, she also released Beautiful Awkward Picture, her debut album with her band Toni Collette & the Finish. In 2009, she accepted the role of a suburban housewife with multiple-personality disorder in the Showtime series United States of Tara, a role that landed her both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe. She has homes in Australia and Ireland, which she shares with husband Dave Galafassi and daughter Sage Florence.

Fast Facts

  • Made acting debut at 14 in a school production of Godspell.
  • First major professional stage appearance was in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Uncle Vanya, with Geoffrey Rush.
  • Gained more than 40 pounds for her breakout role in Muriel's Wedding; later put on 30 pounds for In Her Shoes, which she had to drop during filming to reflect her character's weight loss.
  • Is in a rock band called Toni Collette and the Finish with her drummer husband.

Awards

  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2000, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1998, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actress: Winner
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
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  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
  • 2006, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2008, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2018, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2003, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1996, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2019, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 2012, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actress: Nominee
  • 2010, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2007, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 1991, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1994, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2017, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama: Nominee
  • 2018, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sage Florence Galafassi — Daughter
  • Arlo Robert Galafassi — Son
  • Bob Collette — Father
  • Judy Collette — Mother
  • David Galafassi — Husband

College

  • Attended National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia

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