Date of Birth: November 1, 1972
The eldest of three children, Sydney, Australian native Toni Collette dropped out of school at age 16 to study drama at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art. She gained experience on stage starring in such plays as Away, Summer of the Aliens, Blue Murder and the title role of Sonya in the 1992 production of Uncle Vanya. Later on in the year, she was given the Sydney Critics' Circle Award.
She made her film debut opposite Anthony Hopkins in Spotswood (1991). But Toni is best known for her performance as the dumpy, shy and plain girl who would do anything to get married in Muriel's Wedding (1994). In real life, willowy Australian actress Toni looks nothing like the character of Muriel Heslop. To play the part, she gained 40 pounds in seven weeks with the help of a dietitian. She also allowed herself to be photographed in various unflattering angles, a fairly courageous act for a leading lady.
In 1996, Toni received the Australian Film Institute Award for her supporting role in Lilian's Story (1995). In 1998, Toni played the ex-wife of a fallen rock star in Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine, which won the "Artistic Achievement" award at that year's Cannes Film Festival. In 1999, she played mother to Haley Joel Osmont's Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense, garnering her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She has continued to work steadily since then, winning several awards for her role in The Hours (2002) and a Film Critics Circle of Australia award for Best Actor in Japanese Story (2003). In 2010, she won her first Golden Globe award for her role on the TV series United States of Tara. Since then she's continued to take on a film roles like Fright night (2011) and Jesus Henry Christ (2012).
She starred in Enough Said (2013) alongside James Gandolfini and lent her voice to the animated film The BoxTrolls (2014). More recently, she starred in the drama Imperium (2016), the action sequel xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), the comedy Madame (2018) and the horror film Hereditary (2018).
Toni married Dave Galafassi on January 11, 2003. Their daughter Sage Florence was born January 9, 2008 and their son Arlo Robert was born on April 22, 2011.