TONI COLLETTE (Agnes): Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner
Toni Collette 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
Recently, Collette was seen in Hitchcock, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Helen
Mirren, and The Way, Way Back opposite her Little Miss Sunshine co-star Steve
Carrell, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney as well as the CBS series television
In 2012, Collette co-starred in Jesus Henry Christ, a comedy produced by
Julia Roberts and which also stars Michael Sheen. Collette will also appear in
the upcoming films Mental and The Long Way Down.
She was previously seen starring in Showtime's hit series "United States of
Tara," which 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. The show ended after three seasons in 2011. 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 Fright
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.
In 2007, Collette starred in The Black Balloon, an independent film that was
awarded the Crystal Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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, which is about a dying woman (Vanessa Redgrave)
reflecting on her youth when she met the love of her life, as her two daughters
(Toni Collette and Natasha Richardson) wrestle with her impending death. 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. Collette also appeared in
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 the
mystery/thriller The Dead Girl, alongside Josh Brolin and Rose Byrne. In 2005,
Collette starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine in the critically
acclaimed film In Her Shoes, directed by Curtis Hanson 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, for which she received an Australian Academy
Award as well as the 2003 AFI Award for Best Lead Actress in a Lead Role. The
film received a total of 23 awards and completed the Best Film trifecta in
Australia, taking home the award at the IF Awards, the FCCA Awards and the AFI
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
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;
opposite Hugh Grant in About a Boy; and the critically acclaimed The Hours,
opposite Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. In the summer of 2000,
Collette appeared in the remake of Shaft opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa L.
Williams and Busta Rhymes and directed by John Singleton.
Collette earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in M. Night
Shyamalan's psychological drama The Sixth Sense.
In 1998, Collette was seen in the independent film, The Boys, by Australian
director Rowan Woods. She also appeared as the wife of a 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.
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.
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. Additional stage credits include
performances for the Velvoir Street Theater and the Sydney Theater Company.
Collette lives in Australia.