Antonia "Toni" Collette (born November 1, 1972) is an Australian actress and musician, known for her acting work on stage, television and film as well as a secondary career as the lead singer of the band Toni Collette & the Finish.
Collette's acting career began in the early 1990s with comedic roles in films such as Spotwood (1992) and Muriel's Wedding (1994), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Following her cast in the critically acclaimed film adaptions of Emma (1996) and The Boys (1998), Colette achieved international fame as a result of her Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Lynn Sear in The Sixth Sense (1999). She has since established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid Australian actresses in Hollywood, who has had her biggest commercial successes with thrillers such as Shaft (2000) and Changing Lanes (2001) and independent comedy films like About a Boy (2002) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
Collette was born in Blacktown, New South Wales, the daughter of Judy, a customer-service representative, and Bob Collette, a truck driver. She has two younger brothers, Ben and Christopher. From an early age, Collette showed a talent