Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett (born 14 May 1969) is an Academy Award-winning Australian actress and stage director. She has won various other acting awards, most notably two SAGs, two Golden Globe Awards and two BAFTAs, as well as the Volpi Cup at 64th Venice International Film Festival.
Blanchett came to international attention in the 1998 film Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur, in which she played Elizabeth I of England. She is also well known for her portrayals of the elf queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Colonel-Doctor Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, a role which brought her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She and her husband Andrew Upton are currently artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.
Blanchett attended primary school in Melbourne at Ivanhoe East Primary School before completing secondary education at Methodist Ladies' College, where she explored her passion for acting. She studied Economics and Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne before leaving Australia to travel overseas. When she was 18, Blanchett went on a vacation to Egypt. A fellow guest at a cheap hotel in Cairo asked if she wanted to be an extra in a movie, and the next day she found herself in a crowd scene cheering for an American boxer losing to an Egyptian in the film Kaboria, starring the late Egyptian actor Ahmed Zaki. Blanchett returned to Australia and later moved to Sydney to study at the National Institute of Dramatic Art; graduating in 1992 and beginning her career in the theatre.
Blanchett made her international film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during WW2 in Bruce Beresford's 1997 film Paradise Road, which co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand. Her first leading role, also in 1997, was as Lucinda Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrong's production of Oscar and Lucinda opposite Ralph Fiennes. Coincidentally, Peter Carey, the Booker Prize-winning Australian author of Oscar and Lucinda, had known Blanchett's father, Bob, when both worked in the advertising industry in Melbourne. Blanchett was nominated for her first Australian Film Institute Award as Best Leading Actress for this role but lost out to Pamela Rabe in The Well. She did, however, win an AFI Award as Supporting Actress in the same year for her role as Lizzie in the romantic-comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie, co-starring Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor.
Her first high-profile international role was as Elizabeth I of England in the 1998 movie Elizabeth, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Blanchett lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow for her role in Shakespeare in Love but won a British Academy (BAFTA) Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. The following year, Blanchett was nominated for another BAFTA Award for her supporting role in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Already an acclaimed actress, Blanchett received a host of new fans when she appeared in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. She played the role of the High Elf Queen Galadriel in all three films, which hold the record as the highest grossing film trilogy of all time.
In 2005, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. This made Blanchett the first person ever to garner an Academy Award for playing a previous Oscar-winning actor/actress.
In 2006, she starred in both Babel opposite Brad Pitt, and Notes on a Scandal playing Sheba Hart opposite Dame Judi Dench. Coincidentally, Dench won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for playing Elizabeth I, the same year Blanchett lost for playing the same historical figure, albeit in a different category. Blanchett received her third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the film (Dench was also Oscar nominated).
In 2007, she won the Volpi Cup Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award for portraying one of six incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' feature film I'm Not There and reprised her role as Elizabeth I in the sequel to Elizabeth entitled Elizabeth: the Golden Age. At the 80th Annual Academy Awards Blanchett received two Academy Award nominations including Best Actress for Elizabeth: the Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for I'm Not There, becoming only the eleventh actor to ever receive two acting nominations in the same year and the first female actor to receive another nomination for the reprisal of a role.
In 2007, Blanchett was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People In The World and also one of the most successful actresses by Forbes magazine. She next starred in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as the psychic KGB agent Col. Dr. Irina Spalko.
Blanchett and her husband commenced three-year contracts as artistic co-directors of the Sydney Theatre Company in January 2008. Their contracts include a clause that will allow either of them to take three months out of each year to pursue other activities. Blanchett made her stage directing debut in 2007 when she directed the play Blackbird for the Sydney Theatre Company.
After making Brighton, England their main family home for much of the early 2000s, she and her husband returned to their native Australia. In November 2006, Blanchett stated that this was due to a desire to decide on a permanent home for her children, and to be closer to her family as well as a sense of belonging to the Australian (theatrical) community. She and her family live in "Bulwarra", an 1877 sandstone mansion in the harbourside Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill. It was purchased for $10.2 million Australian dollars in 2004 and underwent extensive renovations in 2007 in order to be made more "eco-friendly".
In 2006, a portrait of Cate Blanchett and family painted by McLean Edwards was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, which is awarded the "best portrait painting preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics".
Blanchett is a Patron of the Sydney Film Festival. She works as the face of SK-II, the luxury skin care brand owned by Procter & Gamble. In 2007, Blanchett became the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation's online campaign www.whoonearthcares.com — trying to persuade Australians to express their concerns about climate change. She is also the Patron of the development charity SolarAid.
|Year||Film||Role||Notes and awards|
|1994||Police Rescue: The Movie||Vivian|
|1997||Oscar and Lucinda||Lucinda Leplastrier||Nominated - Australian Film Institute award, Best Lead Actress|
|Thank God He Met Lizzie||Lizzie||Australian Film Institute award, Best Supporting Actress|
|Paradise Road||Susan Macarthy|
|1998||Elizabeth||Queen Elizabeth I|| Won - Golden Globe for Best Actress - Drama|
Won - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated - SAG award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
|The Talented Mr. Ripley||Meredith Logue||Nominated - BAFTA for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Pushing Tin||Connie Falzone|
|An Ideal Husband||Lady Gertrude Chiltern|
|2000||The Gift||Annabelle "Annie" Wilson|
|The Man Who Cried||Lola|
|2001||The Shipping News||Petal Quoyle|
|Charlotte Gray||Charlotte Gray|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||Galadriel||Nominated - SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast|
|Bandits||Kate Wheeler|| Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical|
Nominated - SAG award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Galadriel||Nominated - SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Galadriel||Won - SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast|
|The Missing||Magdalena 'Maggie' Gilkeson|
|Coffee and Cigarettes||Herself & Shelly|
|Veronica Guerin||Veronica Guerin||Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Actress - Drama|
|2004||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Jane Winslett-Richardson|
|The Aviator||Katharine Hepburn|| Won - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Won - BAFTA award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Won - SAG award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress
|2005||Little Fish||Tracy Heart||Won - Australian Film Institute award for Best Lead Actress|
|2006||Babel||Susan Jones||Nominated - SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|The Good German||Lena Brandt|
|Notes on a Scandal||Sheba Hart|| Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - SAG for Best Supporting Actress
|2007||Hot Fuzz||Janine||Uncredited Cameo|
|Elizabeth: The Golden Age||Queen Elizabeth I|| Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress|
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Actress - Drama
Nominated - SAG award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
|I'm Not There||Jude Quinn (Bob Dylan)||Won - Volpi Cup for Best Actress|
Won - Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress
Won - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - SAG award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|2008||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull||Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko|
|The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||Daisy||awaiting release|
|2009||''Fantastic Mr. Fox||Mrs. Fox (voice)||post-production|
|Golden Globe Award|
|Screen Actors Guild Award|
|Venice Film Festival|
|Year||Play||Location||Role||Notes and Awards|
|pre-1992||The Odyssey of Runyon Jones||Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne||Unknown||Adaption of the famous play by Norman Corwin.|
|pre-1992||They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?||Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne||Director||She directed her fellow students in a production of the novel by Horace McCoy.|
|1992||Electra||National Institute of Dramatic Art, Melbourne||Electra||She played the lead in this play by Sophocles. Her director, Lindy Davies, was sharing a house with Geoffrey Rush, and urged him to come and see this “astonishing young woman.” He did, and shared sentiments. He later recounted this to Blanchett.|
|1992/1993||Top Girls||Sydney Theatre Company||Unknown||After graduading from the NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company. This play by Caryl Churchill was the first one she starred in.|
|1993||Oleanna||Sydney Theatre Company||Carol||She played the lead opposite Geoffrey Rush in David Mamet's play about a university professor who is accused of sexual harassment by a student. She initially believed it to be a "misogynist piece of crap", and her anger inspired her in the role. She picked up her second award of the year for the role: the Rosemont Best Actress Award.|
|1994||Hamlet||Belvoir Street Theatre Company||Ophelia||Once again, she played the lead opposite Geoffrey Rush. It was a Company B Production, directed by Neil Armfield.|
|1995||Sweet Phoebe||Sydney Theatre Company and the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon.||Helen||She played the lead in the Belvoir Street Theatre/Playbox Theatre co-production, written and directed by Michael Gow. The Sydney production was the first ever, then transferred to the West End.|
|1995||The Tempest||Belvoir Street Theatre Company||Miranda||A Company B Production, directed by Neil Armfield. Cate played alongside Duxton Chevalier, who was previously in the 1994 TV Movie Police Rescue with her.|
|1995||The Blind Giant is Dancing||Belvoir Street Theatre Company||Rose Draper||Played alongside Hugo Weaving among others in this Stephen Sewell play. It opened on 15 August 1995, and closed on 10 September 1995. It was a Company B production, directed by Neil Armfield, with music composed by Paul Charlier.|
|1997||The Seagull, a.k.a. The Seagull in Harry Hills||Belvoir Street Theatre Company||Nina||Played a lead in the Anton Checkov play. It opened on March the 4th, 1997, and closed on April the 13th. It was a Company B Production, directed by Neil Armfield, music composed by Ian McDonald.|
|1999||Plenty||The Alemida Season at the Albery Theatre, London||Susan Traherne||She played the lead in the play by David Hare, directed by Jonathan Kent. It opened on 27 April 1999, and closed on July the 27th. The play, about twenty years of a woman's life, starting with her being in the French resistance in the 40s, was the first London production since its premiere at the National Theatre 21 years previously.|
|1999||The Vagina Monologues||The Old Vic Theatre, London||Unknown||She took part in the show in February 1999, alongside other celebrities, including Melanie Griffith.|
|2004||Hedda Gabler||Sydney Theatre Company||Hedda Gabler||Her performance in this Henrik Ibsen play is her last to date. It opened on 22 July 2004, and closed on 26 September 2004. She reprised her performance as Hedda in New York in March 2006, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theatre.|
|2008||The War of the Roses||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2009||A Streetcar Named Desire||Sydney Theatre Company||Blanche DuBois||The play will be directed by actress Liv Ullman and costar Joel Edgerton.|
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