Toni Pearen

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Toni Pearen
Born (1972-06-05) 5 June 1972 (age 42)
Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse(s) Will Osmond (since 2007)

Toni Pearen is an Australian actress, singer, songwriter and TV presenter born in Cronulla, Sydney on 5 June 1972. She initially became recognisable through her role on soap opera E Street from 1989 until 1992. She had a limited pop music career in the early 1990s with the release of one album that included two ARIA certified gold singles. She was host of Australia's Funniest Home Video Show from 2003 to 2008, and competed on the eighth season of Dancing With The Stars.

Career[edit]

Film and television career[edit]

Pearen came to be known in 1989 when she landed the role of Toni Windsor on the Australian soap opera E Street.[1] She played the role until 1992 when she left to pursue her music career. In 1994, she briefly returned to TV, this time playing Beth Armstrong on Home and Away.

Pearen also appeared in a number of films including All Men Are Liars, Colin Fitz Lives! and On the Dead Side, all released in 1995. From 1995 until 2002 Pearen lived and worked in the United States, guest starring in multiple television shows such as JAG.

Upon returning to Australia in 2002, Pearen landed the role as host of Nine's Australia's Funniest Home Video Show beginning February 2003.[1][2] In an interview with ninemsn, she said the show was a perfect fit for her, and it "reminds us that strange things happen every day, and you need to laugh."

After Australia's Funniest Home Video Show Pearen took on a guest starring role with the soap Out Of The Blue for five episodes, and in 2010 had a small part in the World War II miniseries The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg – the follow-up to Band of Brothers.[3]

Pearen began appearing on the eighth season of the Seven Network's Dancing with the Stars.[4]

Music career[edit]

After leaving E Street, Pearen became a success in the Australian Dance Pop scene in 1992 and 1993, scoring two consecutive top 10 ARIA Gold certified hits with "In Your Room" and "I Want You". A year later, between 1994 and 1995 two less successful singles were released and missed the top 30, "Walkaway Lover" and "Joy". Pearen's 1994 album Intimate was well received by critics, but charted outside the top fifty in Australia.

From 1995 to 2002, Pearen lived in Los Angeles, working as an actor, singer and songwriter. In 2002, she moved back to Australia, taking residence on Scotland Island, New South Wales.[5] In early 2003 during an appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Pearen revealed she could be aiming to revive her music career in the near future. It was later revealed that part of the reason for her hiatus in the United States was to find the time to write new music. Although she has made musical performances at Carols by Candlelight in 2003 and ABBA Mania in 2006, very little of any plans to return to music did not happen until August 2008 when a new untitled demo track appeared on Pearen's Official MySpace page. Later in September 2008 another new untitled demo was added. On 21 October 2008 The Daily Telegraph reported on plans that Pearen is considering to start work on her long awaited follow up album to 1994's Intimate, with achieving Top 5 on Dancing With The Stars as her inspiration.[6]

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

In late 2008, Toni Pearen joined the cast of the eighth season of Dancing With The Stars. Pearen's partner is Henry Byalikov from the first season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

She was eliminated on 19 October 2008.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Todd Helen Mark
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Mercy" 9 9 9 Safe
2 Tango / "Toxic" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Samba / "Work" 7 8 8 Safe
4 Quickstep / "Let's Go Crazy" 9 9 10 Safe
5 Salsa / "American Boy" 8 8 8 Safe
6 Rumba / "No Air" 8 8 8 Safe
7 Jive / "Maniac"
Foxtrot / "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life"
9
5
8
7
8
6
Eliminated

Personal life[edit]

Toni began her singing/acting studies at Lynda Keane Studios Sydney with Lynda Keane and Greg Anderson.

In late 2006, Pearen was engaged to longtime boyfriend, Will Osmond, an ex co-owner of a Darling Harbour restaurant. They have jointly acquired property, and now reside together on Scotland Island.[7][8] Pearen married Osmond in the north western New South Wales town of Moree on 17 November 2007. Pearen's Los Angeles-based actor friend Kym Wilson was her bridesmaid and Osmond's older brother Simon was best man. They were married in the garden of the Osmond family home.[9]

Toni gave birth to her son Lucky in 2009 and daughter Ever in 2012.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Television and Film roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 A Country Practice Patty Morrison First acting role
1989–1992 E Street Toni Windsor
1993 Video Smash Hits Presenter First presenting role
1993 Coca Cola Take 40 Australia Presenter
1994 Home And Away Beth Armstrong
1994 Red Music Television Presenter
1995 All Men Are Liars Angela Feature film, Leading role
1995 On The Dead Side Feature film
1997 Colin Fitz Lives! Pandemonium Fan Feature film
1997 Carols By Candlelight Performer
2000 JAG Jenny Appeared in episodes Boomerang, Part 1 and Boomerang, Part 2
2002 The Best of Aussie Drama Herself First appearance on Australian television in almost five years
2003 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Celebrity Contestant
2003 Carols By Candlelight Performer First appearance at Carols By Candlelight in six years
2003–2008 Australia's Funniest Home Videos Host Longest serving host of the show to date
2005 Celebrity Circus Herself
2005 The Footy Show Herself
2006 Bert's Family Feud Contestant Took part in the Celebrity Showdown week from 3–7 April
2006 ABBA Mania Performer
2006–2007 20 to 1 Herself
2007 The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Host
2008 Out Of The Blue Justine Appeared in five episodes – First acting role in eight years
2008 The One Herself Was read by a Psychic on the second last episode in July
2008 Deal Or No Deal Contestant Appeared on special 25 August episode Dancing With The Deal
2008 Dancing With The Stars Contestant
2010 The Pacific The sequel to Band Of Brothers, appeared in one episode
2011 The Morning Show Presenter Dettol informercials
2011 Tough Nuts Matilda 'Tilly' Devine Foxtel

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Australia
1994 Intimate 56

Singles[edit]

Year Single Australia
Certification Album
1992 "In Your Room" 10
ARIA: Gold
Intimate
1993 "I Want You" 10
ARIA: Gold
1994 "Walkaway Lover" 35
1995 "Joy" 71

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (excerpt) (30 January 2003). "Psst... Toni Pearen to host Funniest Home Video Show". newstext.com.au. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  2. ^ MSN Australia. "Host Toni Pearen's Profile". funniesthomevideos.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  3. ^ Meegan, Genevive (27 July 2008). "Quick step for TV's Toni". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 29 July 2008. 
  4. ^ Knox, David (27 July 2008). "Toni tangos to Seven". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 27 July 2008. 
  5. ^ Williams, Garry (12 November 2006). "Toni's on a high". Australian Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "Done Dancing, Toni Pearen Wants To Sing". Australian Daily Telegraph. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Christmas proposal". Australian Herald Sun. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  8. ^ "My Island Escape". Australian Herald Sun. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "No Bloopers at Pearen Wedding". Australian Herald Sun. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007. 
  10. ^ "Toni Pearen is Ever so Lucky to be mum". The Herald Sun. 6 August 2012. 

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