Toni Michelle Pearen (5 June 1972, Cronulla, New South Wales), is an Australian actress, singer, songwriter and TV presenter. 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 mid-1990s with the release of one album, Intimate (November 1994), which provided two ARIA certified gold singles, "In Your Room" (November 1992) and "I Want You" (April 1993). She was host of Australia's Funniest Home Video Show from 2003 to 2007, and competed on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars (2008).
Toni Michelle Pearen
5 June 1972
Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Will Osmond (2007–present)|
Film and television career
Pearen came to be known in 1989 when she landed the role of Toni Windsor on the Australian soap opera E Street. 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. 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.
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, "Walkaway Lover" and "Joy". Pearen's 1994 album Intimate was well received by critics, but peaked at number 56 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. 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.
Dancing with the Stars performances
She was eliminated on 19 October 2008.
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|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"
Toni began her singing/acting studies at Lynda Keane Studios Sydney with Lynda Keane and Greg Anderson.
She dated her Home and Away Co-star, Mat Stevenson in 1994.
In late 2006, Pearen was engaged to longtime boyfriend, Will Osmond, a bankrupted ex co-owner of a Darling Harbour restaurant. They have jointly acquired property, and once resided together on Scotland Island. 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.
Television and film roles
|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|
|2003–2007||Australia's Funniest Home Videos||Host||Longest serving host of the show to date|
|2005||The Footy Show||Herself|
|2006||Bert's Family Feud||Contestant||Took part in the Celebrity Showdown week from 3–7 April|
|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||2018||Ladies In Black||Customer 4|
- Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 214.
- (excerpt) (30 January 2003). "Psst... Toni Pearen to host Funniest Home Video Show". newstext.com.au. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
- MSN Australia. "Host Toni Pearen's Profile". funniesthomevideos.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
- Meegan, Genevive (27 July 2008). "Quick step for TV's Toni". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
- Knox, David (27 July 2008). "Toni tangos to Seven". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 27 July 2008.
- Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
- Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > Toni Pearen in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- Top 100 peaks: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 214.
- "Joy": "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 30 Apr 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 25 April 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
- Williams, Garry (12 November 2006). "Toni's on a high". Australian Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 August 2007.
- "Done Dancing, Toni Pearen Wants To Sing". Australian Daily Telegraph. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
- "Christmas proposal". Australian Herald Sun. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
- "My Island Escape". Australian Herald Sun. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
- "No Bloopers at Pearen Wedding". Australian Herald Sun. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
- "Toni Pearen is Ever so Lucky to be mum". The Herald Sun. 6 August 2012.