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Toni Collette’s family secrets unravel


“I can’t believe he’s finally done a DNA test that will bring forth a whole heap of information…” 
- Toni Collette

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 7 Tuesday 11 August, 7.30pm on SBS

Acclaimed actress Toni Collette uncovers a stunning family secret in an intensely personal Who Do You Think You Are, Tuesday 11 August, 7.30pm on SBS.

With a question mark over her dad’s parentage and her mother abandoned as a young child, Toni Collette’s grandparents are a mystery she is hoping to solve.

Toni Collette added an ‘e’ to her surname during her teen years, but for the first time Toni publicly reveals her birth name ‘Collett’ may not represent her true biological line.

Toni’s father Bob Collett has long questioned whether the man listed on his birth certificate Harold Stanley Collett, was actually his father. A letter to an old flame marked ‘return to sender', divorce papers and an intriguing photo of Toni’s grandmother Norma McWhinney with a striking American serviceman during wartime deepen the mystery for Toni.

In a first for Who Do You Think You Are? a DNA test is undertaken and Toni Collette opens the results on screen.

Toni also investigates her mother’s side of the family tree and discovers an emotional tale of abandonment and tragedy.

Toni’s maternal grandmother Myrtle Fowler died in childbirth when Toni’s mum Judy was just six. Her father Joseph William Cook abandoned the family, leaving his three children to be fostered out to relatives. Toni’s search for answers about her absent grandfather Joseph’s life turns up unexpected results.

Season seven of Who Do You Think You Are? stars Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham, Luke Nguyen, Toni Collette, Dawn Fraser, Ray Martin, Greig Pickhaver (HG Nelson) and Peter Rowsthorn.
Who Do You Think You Are? is produced by Artemis International and Serendipity Productions for SBS.

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For further information please contact:
Jessica Parry
(02) 9430 3786 || 0428 767 836 || jessica.parry@sbs.com.au

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