Toni Collette is an Australian actress best known for playing the title role in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actress.
She also had a starring role as Tara Gregson, a wife and mother who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, in the comedy-drama television series United States of Tara, from 2009-2011.
She received an Academy Award nomination for her role as the mother of troubled boy Cole in the film The Sixth Sense and has won four Australian Film Institute awards: for Japanese Story, The Boys, Lillian's Story and Muriel's Wedding, and received a fifth nomination for Spotswood.
Collette also received a Golden Globe nomination for Muriel's Wedding, a BAFTA nomination for About a Boy and a SAG ensemble cast nomination for The Hours.
Her other film work includes In Her Shoes, The Last Shot, Connie and Carla, Dirty Deeds, Changing Lanes, Shaft, 8 1/2 Women, Velvet Goldmine and Emma, as well as the The Night Listener, Little Miss Sunshine, Like Minds and The Dead Girl.
Collette was seen in the feature film Hitchcock, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. She also appears in The Way, Way Back, opposite her Little Miss Sunshine co-star Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney, and Mental.
Collette's other feature film credits include Jesus Henry Christ, Fright Night, Towelhead, Evening, the Australian children's film Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger, independent films Foster and The Black Balloon, and has lent her voice to the Australian animated film Mary and Max.
Some of Collette's other projects include Little Miss Sunshine, The Night Listener, Australian film Like Minds, The Dead Girl, In Her Shoes, Japanese Story, Connie and Carla, The Last Shot, Changing Lanes, About a Boy, The Hours, the 2000 remake of Shaft, Velvet Goldmine, Emma and independent films Dirty Deeds and The Boys.
Additional film credits include Dinner with Friends, The Magic Pudding, Hotel Splendide, The James Gang, Clockwatchers, The Pallbearer, Lilian's Story, Spotswood and Cosi.
In 2000, she starred on Broadway in the revival of The Wild Party, with Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt. She also had a starring role as Dr. Ellen Sanders, a well respected thoracic surgeon at the Maryland College Hospital in Washington who is chosen to operate on the President of the United States, in the thriller television series Hostages.
Born and raised in Australia, Collette was a student at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Collette resides in Australia.