Toni Potter is a New Zealand actress, best known for her role on New Zealand medical drama Shortland Street.
Toni grew up with her sister, mother and father who was in the army in Papakura, Waiouru and Upper Hutt. Toni spent her high school years in Christchurch where she acted with community theatre groups including outdoor Shakespeare productions and Contemporary dance groups. She moved to Auckland in 1998 to take up a place in the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree at UNITEC, majoring in acting
Toni Potter plays Alice Piper, a senior nurse who is troubled by alcohol and severe bad luck with men. She has featured in a number of major storylines, perhaps most notably in 2008, when she was captured by Joey Henderson, who was revealed as the Ferndale Strangler. He took her appendix, but she managed to escape him. In 2008 she broke up with her long-term boyfriend Craig after he found out that she slept with Guy Warner after a drunken fit of weakness. She then had to cope with the murder of Craig, and not soon after gave birth to her daughter Kelly Piper in the back of an ambulance. Kelly died because of complications after being prematurely born. Alice then became involved with Ethan Pierce, a doctor who was discovered as a criminal. She is now helping her friend Maia Jeffries cover up Ethan's murder that Maia has committed.
In 2008, Potter was nominated under the category of best performance by an actress in general television in the Qantas Film and Television Awards. She lost out to Robyn Malcolm
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