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Toni Collette

Highest Rated:   96% Enough Said (2013)
Lowest Rated:   22% A Long Way Down (2014)
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Birthplace:   Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
One of the most compelling actors of her generation, Toni Collette has enjoyed a career that can only be described as unpredictable. Moon-faced, cat-eyed, and possessing a presence that conveys both dignity and eccentricity, Collette had her breakthrough in P.J. Hogan's hit 1994 comedy Muriel's Wedding. As the film's title character, an overweight, ABBA-loving woman who is obsessed with getting married, the Australian actor earned both critical raves and audience recognition across the globe. She also earned plenty of opportunities to be typecast into similar roles -- particularly as she had gained over 18 kilos to play the part of Muriel -- but managed to skillfully avoid this by appearing in a variety of films that had nothing to do with ABBA, matrimony, or weight issues.Born in Sydney, Australia, on November 1, 1972, Collette became interested in acting as a child. She made her stage debut at the age of 14 in a school production of Godspell, and went on to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Quitting the prestigious school after less than two years in order to work with a talented stage director, she appeared in a number of plays and in 1991 made her screen debut in Spotswood, acting in the company of Anthony Hopkins and a then unheard-of Russell Crowe.Three years later, Collette had her big break with Muriel's Wedding, a sleeper hit in both Australia and the U.S. Following the hoopla surrounding the film's success, the actor appeared in a number of small films, including the 1996 comedy Cosi and Clockwatchers (1997), a poignant office comedy that featured Collette, Lisa Kudrow, Parker Posey, and Alanna Ubach as dissatisfied temps.Recognized by keen-eyed observers as Gwyneth Paltrow's shy friend Harriet in Douglas McGrath's 1996 adaptation of Emma, and as the Angie Bowie-esque wife of a glam rocker in Todd Haynes' much maligned Velvet Goldmined (1998), Collette found her biggest audience to date -- as well as some of her biggest raves -- in M. Night Shalyaman's The Sixth Sense (1999). Cast as the mother of a young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who sees dead people, Collette earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance. Unfortunately, she followed the film with Shaft (2000), more or less wasting her talents in the role of a woman who the titular private dick has to save from the bad guys. Collette's talents were put to greater use in the made-for-TV movie Dinner With Friends (2001), which cast her as a woman who breaks up with her husband (Greg Kinnear) after 12 years of marriage. The movie, which also starred Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid, won warm reviews, particularly for the strong ensemble work of its four principle actors. Collette's subsequent workload reflected her growing popularity; in addition to Stephen Daldry's The Hours (2001), which she starred in alongside a cast that included Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris, she also appeared opposite Hugh Grant in the 2002 adaptation of author Nick Hornby's About a Boy. Collette continued to take on small-scale projects like the Hollywood satire The Last Shot. She co-starred with Nia Vardelos in Connie & Carla, a film that came nowhere close to equaling the sleeper success of Vardelos' My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but did showcase Collette's fine singing voice. The next year Collette gave a strong performance opposite Cameron Diaz in the underappreciated In Her Shoes. 2006 found her stretching both her comedic and dramatic muscles by co-starring in the psychological thriller The Night Listener as well as the sleeper hit independent comedy Little Miss Sunshine opposite Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear.The actress would go on to contiunue her reputation, consistently appearing in critically acclaimed films like The Night Listener, Jesus Henry Christ, The Black Balloon, and Towelhead, in addition to finding a suitable outlet for her talents on the small screen, playing a mother with multiple personalities in the Diablo Cody

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
25% Unlocked
  • Actor
2017
43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  • Jane Marke
$44.9M 2017
31% The Yellow Birds
  • Amy Bartle
2017
No Score Yet Andorra
  • Mrs. Dent
2017
73% Blinky Bill The Movie
  • Beryl / Cheryl
2016
84% Imperium
  • Angela Zamparo
2016
72% Jasper Jones
  • Actor
2016
65% Krampus
  • Sarah
2015
70% Miss You Already
  • Milly
$2.9M 2015
75% The Boxtrolls
  • Lady Portley-Rind
$52.1M 2014
36% Hector And The Search For Happiness
  • Agnes
2014
22% A Long Way Down
  • Maureen
2014
23% Tammy
  • Missi
$51.1M 2014
76% Lucky Them
  • Ellie Klug
2014
96% Enough Said
  • Sarah
2013
85% The Way Way Back
  • Pam
$21.6M 2013
90% Storm Surfers 3D
  • Narrator
$0.2M 2013
40% Mental
  • Shaz
$2.3M 2013
62% Hitchcock
  • Peggy Robertson
$6.1M 2012
24% Jesus Henry Christ
  • Patricia
$18.9k 2012
No Score Yet Foster (Angel In the House)
  • Zooey
2011
95% Mary and Max
  • Mary Daisy Dinkle (adult)
2009
50% Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger
  • Mary
  • Executive Producer
2008
88% The Black Balloon
  • Maggie Mollison
2008
49% Towelhead
  • Melina
$0.3M 2007
27% Evening
  • Nina Mars
$12.5M 2007
75% The Dead Girl
  • Arden
2006
No Score Yet Tsunami, The Aftermath
  • Kathy Graham
2006
40% The Night Listener
  • Donna Logand
$7.8M 2006
91% Little Miss Sunshine
  • Sheryl Hoover
$59.9M 2006
38% Like Minds (Murderous Intent)
  • Executive Producer
  • Sally Rowe
2006
75% In Her Shoes
  • Rose Feller
$32.9M 2005
61% The Last Shot
  • Emily French
$0.4M 2004
44% Connie and Carla
  • Carla
$8M 2004
68% Japanese Story
  • Sandy Edwards
$0.2M 2003
81% The Hours
  • Kitty
$41.5M 2002
93% About a Boy
  • Fiona
$40.6M 2002
77% Changing Lanes
  • Michelle
$66.7M 2002
64% Negocios Sucios
  • Sharon Ryan
2002
88% Dinner with Friends
  • Beth
2001
No Score Yet The Magic Pudding
  • Meg Bluegum
2001
No Score Yet Hotel Splendide
  • Kath
2000
68% Shaft
  • Diane Palmieri
$70.4M 2000
41% 8 1/2 Women
  • Griselda
1999
85% The Sixth Sense
  • Lynn Sear
1999
56% Velvet Goldmine
  • Mandy Slade
1998
No Score Yet Lilian's Story
  • Young Lillian Singer
1998
83% Clockwatchers
  • Iris
1998
No Score Yet The Boys
  • Michelle
1998
No Score Yet Cosi
  • Julie
1997
83% Emma
  • Harriet Smith
1996
42% The Pallbearer
  • Cynthia
1996
78% Muriel's Wedding
  • Muriel Heslop
1995
43% The Princess and the Cobbler (The Thief and the Cobbler)
  • Nurse/Good Witch
1993
67% The Efficiency Expert
  • Wendy Robinson
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2012
57% Hostages
2013-2014
  • Ellen Sanders
  • 2014
  • 2013
75% United States of Tara
2009-2011
  • Tara Tara Gregson
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest

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