Emmy and Golden Globe award winner TONI COLLETTE (Sarah) made an indelible
impression on Hollywood with her beautiful portrayal as the hopeless and desperate 'Muriel
Heslop' in P.J. Hogan's 1994 film, MURIEL'S WEDDING. Proving her amazing ability to
transform into the characters in which she plays, Collette has since starred in a variety of
intriguingly diverse roles both in television and feature films throughout the last two decades.
Collette can currently be seen in THE WAY, WAY BACK opposite her LITTLE MISS
SUNSHINE co-star Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney. Nat Faxon (THE
DESCENDANTS) and Jim Nash (THE DESCENDANTS) wrote and directed the Fox
Searchlight Pictures film, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
This fall, Collette will star alongside Dylan McDermott on the CBS high-octane suspense
drama "Hostages" from Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Collette stars as Dr. Ellen
Sanders a surgeon caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy who is ordered to
assassinate the president of the United States to save her family. The show will premiere this fall
on Mondays starting September 23rd.
Recently, Collette was seen in HITCHCOCK, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Helen
Mirren. The biographical film centers on the relationship between director Alfred
Hitchcock (Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Mirren) during the making of PSYCHO, the
controversial horror film that became one of the most acclaimed and influential works in the
In 2012, Collette co-starred in JESUS HENRY CHRIST, a comedy produced by Julia
Roberts and which also starred Michael Sheen. In the film, she played the role of 'Patricia,' a
decidedly offbeat woman who has become an ardent feminist raising her brilliant son, who has
one of the highest IQs in recorded history.
Collette also appeared in the films MENTAL and A LONG WAY DOWN.
Collette was previously seen starring in Showtime's hit series "United States of Tara,"
written by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody (JUNO). Collette portrayed the title character, 'Tara,' a woman struggling to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and
raising a dysfunctional family. John Corbett and Brie Larsen co-starred in the comedy. The show
premiered on January 18, 2009 and garnered Collette both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe
Award for 'Best Actress in a Comedy Series,' as well as two Screen Actors Guild Award
nominations. In that same year, Collette starred in FOSTER, an independent film directed by
Jonathan Newman. Additionally, Collette was seen opposite Colin Farrell in the horror film
In 2009, Collette lent her voice to the Australian animated film, MARY AND MAX,
which was written and directed by Academy Award winner Adam Elliott, and in 2007, Collette
starred in Elissa Down's THE BLACK BALLOON, an independent film that was awarded the
Crystal Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Additionally, Collette's past projects showcase her mandate of tasteful choices as an
actress. She starred in the Alan Ball ensemble TOWELHEAD, which also starred Aaron Eckhart,
Peter Macdissi and Maria Bello and was released in fall 2008. In 2007, Focus Features released
EVENING, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson and Collette and directed by Lajos
Koltai. Also in 2007, Collette starred in the Australian children's film HEY, HEY IT'S ESTHER
BLUEBURGER opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Some of Collette's other projects that have shown her versatility as an actress include The
Sundance Film Festival hit, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, that went on to be a huge critical and
box-office success. This sleeper hit also stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin.
Collette also appeared Miramax's 2006 thriller THE NIGHT LISTENER with Robin Williams
and Sandra Oh, written and directed by Terry Anderson. That same year, she appeared in the
Australian film LIKE MINDS, starring Richard Roxborough, and mystery/thriller THE DEAD
GIRL alongisde Josh Brolin and Rose Byrne.
In 2005, Collette starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine in Curtis
Hanson's critically acclaimed film IN HER SHOES, produced by Ridley Scott and based on the
best-selling novel by Jennifer Weiner.
Collette received some of the best reviews of her career in the Samuel Goldwyn release
JAPANESE STORY. She received an Australian Academy Award as well as the 2003 AFI
Award for 'Best Lead Actress in a Lead Role.' The film also received a total of twenty-three
awards and completed the Best Film trifecta in Australia, taking home the award at the IF
Awards, the FCCA Awards and the AFI Awards.
In 2004 Collette starred in Universal's comedy CONNIE & CARLA, opposite Nia
Vardalos. Later that year, Collette then went on to co-star opposite Alec Baldwin, Matthew
Broderick and Calista Flockhart in the Touchstone film THE LAST SHOT.
Appearing in four films, 2002 marked a substantial year for Collette's film career. She
was seen in CHANGING LANES opposite Samuel L. Jackson; DIRTY DEEDS, an independent
film set in 1960s Australia; opposite Hugh Grant in ABOUT A BOY; and the critically acclaimed
film THE HOURS, opposite Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.
In the summer of 2000, Collette appeared in John Singleton's SHAFT opposite
Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa L. Williams and Busta Rhymes.
Collette earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in M. Night
Shyamalan's psychological drama THE SIXTH SENSE. Collette played a mother from South
Philadelphia who must cope with the physical and emotional distress surrounding her young
son's paranormal powers.
In 1998, Collette was seen in the independent film THE BOYS, by Australian director
Rowan Woods, which was adapted from Gordon Graham's play. In the same year, Collette
appeared as the wife of fictional glam-rock star in the critically acclaimed Miramax film,
VELVET GOLDMINE. She also delivered an unforgettable performance in Miramax's 1996
adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.
Born and raised in Australia, Collette was a student at Australia's prestigious National
Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). In addition to her undeniable talent on-screen, Collette has had
the opportunity to demonstrate her talents on Broadway's stage. In 2000, she starred in the highly
anticipated revival of The Wild Party, alongside Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt. In the role of
'Queenie,' Collette displayed her extraordinary range as both actress and singer. Additional stage
credits include performances for the Velvoir Street Theater and the Sydney Theater Company.
Additional film credits include DINNER WITH FRIENDS, THE MAGIC PUDDING,
HOTEL SPLENDIDE, THE JAMES GANG, THE CLOCKWATCHERS, THE PALLBEARER,
LILIAN'S STORY and Mark Joffe's SPOTSWOOD and COSI.
Collette resides in Australia.
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