Toni Collette is an Australian actress and musician well known for her work across many factors of entertainment like television, movies as well as a musician for her band Toni Collette & the Finish. Although she made her introduction in comedy movies like Spotswood (1992) and Muriel’s Wedding (1994), international attention came her way only in 1999 after she acted in M. Night Shyamalan’s horror movie Sixth Sense and was nominated for an Academy Award for the performance. Following this, Collette acted in a Broadway show The Wild Party which won her a nomination in the Tony Awards.
Five-time winner of the Australian Film Institute award, her other well-known works include independent film About a Boy (2002) for which she was nominated for a BAFTA, In Her Shoes (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), The Night Listener (2006), Fright Night (2011), and Enough Said among various others before she was cast in Hereditary (2018). She also branched out to television acting A Country Practice (1990), Dinner With Friends (2001), Tsunami- The Aftermath (2006), and the United States Of Tara (2009), which further established her place in the industry.
Toni Collette Wiki/Bio
|Birth Name||Antonia Collett|
|Nick Name||Toni Collette|
|Age||(as in 2023) 51 Years|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Scorpio|
|Birth Place||Glebe, New South Wales, Australia|
|Date of Birth||01 November 1972|
|Home Town||Glebe, New South Wales, Australia|
|Mother’s Name||Judith Collett (Customer-Service Representative)|
|Father’s Name||Bob Collett (Truck Driver)|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Jonathan Rhys Meyers (1998-1999)|
Marital Status, Husband and Children
|Marriage Date||11 January 2003|
|Children||Daughter- Sage Florence (b. January 9, 2008)|
Son- Arlo Robert (b. April 22, 2011)
|School||Blacktown Girls’ High School|
National Institute of Dramatic Art
|Educational Qualification||Not Available|
|Profession||Actress, Musician, Producer, Author|
|Brands Endorsed||Not Available|
|Career Manager||• United Management (Talent Management Company), New South Wales, Australia|
• Creative Artists Agency (CAA) (Talent Agent Voice/Commercial), Los Angeles, California, USA
• FINLEY Management (Manager), New York, USA
• Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein (Legal Representative), Los Angeles, California, USA
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||in centimeters- 173cm|
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet inches- 5’8”
|Weight (Approx.)||in kilograms- 59 kg|
in pounds- 130 lbs
|Breast Size||35 Inches|
|Hips Size||35 Inches|
|Waist Size||26 Inches|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||White|
|Dress Size||Not Available|
|Shoe Size||Not Available|
|Favorite Movies||Harold and Maude, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Sound of Music, Breaking the Waves, and Terms of Endearment|
|Favorite Restaurant||Tertulia in the West Village|
|Favorite Vacation Spot||Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize|
Toni Collett was born on 1 November 1972, in Sydney, the eldest of three children. Her father, Bob Collett, was a truck driver while her mother, Judy (née Cook), was a consumer service spokesperson. She performed on SBS TV’s Who Do You Think You Are? in August 2015 for “Season 7 Episode 2: Toni Collette,” to find out more about her grandparents.
Bob was probably born as a result of his mother Norma (née McWhinney) having an extra-marital affair with a US Navy Chief Petty Officer assigned in Australia during, and after, World War II. Norma and her husband (Harold “Stanley” Collett) was going through a separation, and Bob’s DNA test determined that Stanley was not his biological father. Despite a public attraction in August 2015, her biological grandfather’s name is not known.
She has expressed her family as, “the most communicative” but that despite her parents’ shortage of money, they made them feel cared for and they were supportive. She has fond memories of growing up in Blacktown where she entered Judy on Saturday afternoons watching movie matinees, sponsored by Bill Collins. She explained to her younger self as having “crazy” amounts of confidence.
When she was 11 she thought she had appendicitis and convinced doctors, she was taken to an emergency department and had the appendix eliminated. As a student at Blacktown Girls High School, her favorite activities included netball, tap-dancing, and swimming. She took part in local singing competitions. Her goal was to perform in musicals as she liked to sing and dance.
Her first acting role was a high school play of Godspell at 14 years old, which she auditioned for by singing Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love for You”. She chose to become an actor in the following year and was influenced by Geoffrey Rush’s stage appearance in The Diary of a Madman. At age 16, with her parents’ permission, she shifted to the Australian Theatre for Young People in 1989 and later revealed, “I was 16.
And it’s not like I wasn’t good at school, or I didn’t enjoy it, I did. I just loved acting more. I don’t regret that decision, but I can’t believe I made it.” The actor turned an extra “e” at the end of her surname, which Stanley Collett had removed, as it seemed better for a stage name. She began at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in early 1991; but left after 18 months to perform as Sonya in Uncle Vanya, directed by Neil Armfield, besides Rush in the title character.
Toni Collette Net Worth
Toni Collette has a net worth of $20 million.
|Estimated Net Worth in 2023 (Approx)||$20 Million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2022 (Approx)||$18 Million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2021 (Approx)||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||Under Review|
|Income Source||Actress, Musician, Producer, Author|
Accidents & Personal Life
In her twenties, she found it difficult to adapt to being in the media spotlight, and, as a result, struggled with bulimia and panic attacks. During this time she toured widely, shaved her head five times, and bought a flat in Brixton, London. She intended to “explore different views and just look at life and try to understand it.” She left the Brixton flat after a few months because she saw a man “getting his head bashed in with a pole 30 meters away.”
Collette had dated her Velvet Goldmine co-star, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, for about a year (ca. 1997) before ending their relationship and described it as “hedonistic, drunken and probably dangerous.” When asked about her faith, she remarked, “We’re all spiritual, I’m not Buddhist but I am drawn to it because it seems the most beneficial of organized religions, and the most compassionate. It’s an ongoing journey.”
She met musician Dave Galafassi early in 2002, at a CD launch for his then-band Gelbison, the couple married in a traditional Buddhist ceremony on 11 January 2003. The couple has a daughter, Sage Florence, born on 9 January 2008, and a son, Arlo Robert, born on 22 April 2011. She has said that she is an avid camper and she enjoys meditating.
They lived in Sydney in the 2000s before moving to Los Angeles. The family returned to Sydney after about ten years in 2019. In December of that year Galafassi “had a devastating motorbike accident”; Collette thanked the ambulance services, “for your swiftness, clarity, knowledge, compassion, and dedication. You saved him and we cannot thank you enough.”
Toni Collette Movies And TV Shows
- At the age of eleven, she showed her phenomenal acting skills when she faked appendicitis out of boredom and longing for attention; her act was so convincing that doctors had to remove her appendix, even though the test showed nothing was wrong with it.
- At 16, she left school and enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). At that time, she was a struggling actress, supporting herself by delivering pizzas. After 18 months of studies, she left NIDA for her feature film debut as “Wendy Robinson”, opposite Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, in The Efficiency Expert (1992), and gained herself a nomination for Best Supporting Actress from the Australian Film Institute.
- Collette made her stage appearance with the Sydney Theatre Company, as “Sonya” in Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”, a performance that won her a critic’s circle award as Best Newcomer.
- She also performed in stage productions at the Belvoir Street Theatre, under the directorship of Geoffrey Rush.
- In 1994, she got the Australian Best Actress in a Lead Character for her work in Muriel’s Wedding (1994), for which she had to increase 40 pounds in seven weeks.
- In 1995, Toni Collette came to Hollywood with a supporting character in The Pallbearer (1996), then had a series of supporting characters.
- Her first lead as “Diana Spencer”, an Australian woman who shares the name and birthday of Princess Diana, in the comedy, Diana & Me (1997), was obscured by the real Diana’s death, which practically occurred at the same time when the movie was released.
- Her breakthrough came with the role of “Lynn Sear” in The Sixth Sense (1999), for which she quite rightly won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
- Her latest memorable role as “Sheryl”, a beaten-down but loving mother, in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), is also a fine group work with Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, and Alan Arkin.
- Since 2003, Toni Collette has been married to musician Dave Galafassi, with whom she recorded her singing and songwriting debut album, titled “Beautiful Awkward Pictures”, in 2006.
- She co-owns an independent production company in Australia and also continues her music career as a singer. Toni lives with her husband in Sydney, Australia, and owns a second home in Ireland.
|1994||This Marching Girl Thing|
|1995||The Thief and the Cobbler|
The James Gang
Diana & Me
The Sixth Sense
The Magic Pudding
About a Boy
|2004||The Last Shot|
Connie and Carla
|2005||In Her Shoes|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine|
The Night Listener
The Dead Girl
|2008||The Black Balloon|
Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger
|2009||Mary and Max|
|2011||Jesus Henry Christ|
|2013||The Way, Way Back|
|2014||A Long Way Down|
Hector and the Search for Happiness
|2015||Blinky Bill the Movie|
Miss You Already
XXX: Return of Xander Cage
The Yellow Birds
Fun Mom Dinner
Please Stand By
Hearts Beat Loud
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
TV Shows & Serials List
|1990||A Country Practice|
|2001||Dinner with Friends|
|2006||Tsunami: The Aftermath|
|2009–2011||United States of Tara|
|2015||Who Do You Think You Are?|
|2021||Pieces of Her|
- Her acting skills were recognized when she forged the percent appendicitis to get attention because she was bored. She was so good at it that their doctors expelled her appendix even though there was nothing wrong with it.
- Growing up, she was a tomboy and performed a nurturing character in the family’s cats, birds, dogs, and rabbits.
- She left school at the age of 16 to seek an acting career.
- She is the 1st born in a family of 3.
- To support herself when starting her acting career, she delivered pizza.
- She co-owns a production company in Australia.
- She has a home in Sydney Australia and Ireland.
- Toni is in the restaurant business and owns the Fat Collette Burger chain in Canberra.
- She has a football team, the Sydney Angels.
- She has a brand of vodka, a top-selling perfume, and a fashion line.
- Toni developed bulimia after gaining weight rapidly for a role in Muriel’s Wedding.
- She also had to gain 25 pounds for her character in the movie In Her Shoes.
- She underwent from panic attacks for 8 months after breaking up with her boyfriend Jonathan.
- Toni does not subscribe to Hollywood’s fascination with skinny beautiful women.
- She was born Collett without an ‘e’ at the end, but she later adopted it for her stage name.
Acting saved her from imploding.
- She feels that the roles she plays have a parallel to her life.
- She considers herself spiritual and is drawn to Buddhism because it is the most beneficial, compassionate, and organized religion.
- Toni does not accept compliments easily.
- She does not run her life according to an action plan. According to her, true happiness comes from living freely so why clutter your mind with planning, worrying, and chaos.
- Her performance in the movie The Wild Party earned her a Tony award in 2000.
- Tony and Dave (her spouse) enjoy camping.
- In 2007, she joined the Cannes Film Festival as a jury member.
- In 2009, when her daughter was only 9 months old, she had to go back to work for the film Mary and Max.
- She finished filming the United States of Tara when she was 5 months pregnant with her son Arlo. She had to go back to work when he was 3 months to begin shooting Mental.
- Toni has appeared in 3 films; The Sixth Sense in 1999, The Hours in 2002, and Little Miss Sunshine in 2006, that were nominated for Oscar for the “Best Picture.”
- She had to learn sign language for the movie the Black Balloon.
- She considers herself an actor, not a movie star.
- To calm down, she likes to walk on the beach.
- She has gained several awards and has been nominated for numerous awards including Australian Film Institute Awards, Oscars, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, among others.
You’re Right — They’re Both Great Actresses And Beautiful Women With Great Complexions And Terrific Smiles! But That’s Where The Similarities End.
I Always Thought I Was The Only One Who Loved That Movie. While It Would Be Categorised As A Rom-Com Nowadays, It Obviously Had Some Drama To It And It Didn’t Have That Sweet Forever After Ending Most Rom Com’s Do. I Also Seriously Related To It As A Big Girl Growing Up In southeast Asia In The ’90s Where There Was No Cinematic Representation Whatsoever Until This Movie Came Along.
I Loved The Chemistry Between Toni Collette And Rachel Griffiths And I Had Hoped To Have A Friendship Like Theirs, Which I Sort Of Do. It’s A Feel-Good Movie But Sometimes We Need Feel-Good Movies To Help Us Out Of A Bad Day.
On Sunday Night, The Publication Released The Winners Of Its Annual Chainsaw Awards, With Collette Winning The Best Actress Category. Hereditary Also Won Prizes For Best Supporting Actor (Alex Wolff), Best Director (Ari Aster), Best Screenplay (Aster), Best Kill, And Best-wide Release Movie.