Despite having no role-models or heroes Alison wanted to be an actor from childhood.
Alison is also a stage actress, having appeared in several plays including St James Infirmary, The Dutch Courtesan and Much Ado About Nothing for the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Alison won a Logie award for her role as Emma Ward on Frontline.
Alison traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia as an Oxfam spokeswoman in the late 1990s.
Alison and her husband own a hotel called the Terminus.
Alison and her husband Fred moved to the Yarra Valley in 2000 after Fred was stabbed in the head while walking the couple's dog.
Alison has two children.
For her role in Satisfaction, Alison read transcripts of interviews between prostitutes and psychiatrists.
Alison is married to fellow actor Fred Whitlock.
Alison won a Green Room award for Best Actress in 1996 for her role in Decadence.
Alison studied classical ballet for eight years.
Alison is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.
Alison Whyte: (On her role in Satisfaction) So what if I'm showing a bit of skin? Who cares? I'm OK being naked. I've had too many children to be worried about things like that.
Alison Whyte: (Talking about her husband) Some of his schemes are annoying - but then that's also the most fascinating thing about him. We've got a shed full of coconut oil. He was going to fry the chips in it and he bought an enormous amount. He was so keen; he said 'We'll be helping local farmers in Fiji and Samoa. It's a good fat too.' The customers were very helpful in giving feedback - they said it was crap.
Alison Whyte: (talking about her husband) Fred's great quality is his humanity. He tries to help where he can; it's a very lovely way to approach the world. And it's the way I want to raise our children.
Alison Whyte: One of the most inspirational women I've ever met came from Cambodia. She had three of her own children, and her sister and brother-in-law had died of malaria, so she took on these other four kids. Her husband was ill and, when we met her, she said, 'I'm sorry my husband's not here to greet you; he's not well'.
Alison Whyte: (Talking about the Terminus Hotel) We bought the pub when the pokies came to Victoria. A lot of Melbourne pubs were being taken over by pokies, and there was no sense of community or fun, and that's partly why we decided to open the place.
Alison Whyte: (On doing research for her role as a prostitute in Satisfaction) It was great to sit down and speak with people who work in that industry and it's quite fascinating, but I found it very confronting seeing what people get up to.
Alison Whyte: (On her role in Satisfaction) It was the first time I'd taken my clothes off for the camera and simulated sex with other actors, so in a sense it wasn't a huge acting job. I was going through it in a sense.
Alison Whyte: When you travel in the Third World, it changes your perception. It sounds trite, but if we all practised it more, it takes so little to do so much. Over here, if you want to renovate a bathroom, it's going to cost you $10,000. In Cambodia, you can build a school for $10,000. That's a large, two-room school that has the desks, the blackboards, everything, and the Cambodian Government provides the teachers. The first project we did through the pub was to build a school for 120 kids.