May. 14th, 1969
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5' 8 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Guest
Queen Elizabeth II (Voiced)
Herself - Actress (segment "Cate Blanchett")
Herself - Guest
Herself - Special Guest Host
Herself - Presenter
Herself - Guest
Cate Blanchett graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim. On graduating from NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls", then played Felice Bauer, the bride, in Tim Daly (I)'s "Kafka Dances", winning the 1993 Newcomer Award from the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle for her performance. From there, Blanchett moved to the role of Carol in David Mamet's searing polemic "Oleanna", also for the Sydney Theatre Company, and won the Rosemont Best Actress Award, her second award that year. She then co-starred in the ABC Television's prime time drama "Heartland" (1994), again winning critical acclaim. In 1995, she was nominated for Best Female Performance for her role as Ophelia in the Belvoir Street Theatre Company's production of "Hamlet". Other theatre credits include Helen in the Sydney Theatre Company's "Sweet Phoebe", Miranda in "The Tempest" and Rose in "The Blind Giant is Dancing", both for the Belvoir Street Theatre Company. In other television roles, Blanchett starred as Bianca in ABC's "Bordertown" (1995), as Janie Morris in "G.P." (1989) and in ABC's popular series Police Rescue (1994). She made her feature film debut in Paradise Road (1997), and, in 1998, she played the title character in Elizabeth (1998), winning numerous awards for her performance, including the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. Cate was also nominated for an Academy Award for the role but lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow. 2001 was a particularly busy year, with starring roles in Bandits (2001), The Shipping News (2001), Charlotte Gray (2001) and playing Elf Queen Galadriel in the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy.
- Her father, (Robert Blanchett) a Texan ad executive, died of a heart attack when she was ten years old.
- Is of French descent.
- Appeared next to 'Hugo Weaving' (qv) in 9 different projects: _"Bordertown" (1995)_ (qv), _"Drama School" (2000)_ (qv), _Little Fish (2005)_ (qv), _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_ (qv), _The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)_ (qv), _The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (2004) (VG)_ (qv), _The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)_ (qv), _The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings' (2002) (V)_ (qv), _Quest for the Ring (2001) (TV)_ (qv).
- In "The Lord of the Rings", she worked with 'Elijah Wood' (qv) and 'Sean Astin' (qv), who played "Frodo" and "Sam", respectively. Also appearing with her in those films, as well as in _The Aviator (2004)_ (qv), was 'Ian Holm' (qv), who played "Frodo" in the BBC radio series. In _Notes on a Scandal (2006)_ (qv), she worked with 'Bill Nighy' (qv), who played "Sam" in the BBC radio series. In _Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)_ (qv), she worked with 'Samantha Morton' (qv), who is engaged to 'Ian Holm' (qv)'s son, Harry Holm.
- She is one of five actors (and the only female actor) to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. She played "Queen Elizabeth I" in _Elizabeth (1998)_ (qv) and in _Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)_ (qv). The others are 'Bing Crosby' (qv) as "Father Chuck O'Malley" in _Going My Way (1944)_ (qv) and _The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)_ (qv), 'Paul Newman (I)' (qv) as "Fast Eddie Felson" in _The Hustler (1961)_ (qv) and _The Color of Money (1986)_ (qv), 'Peter O'Toole (I)' (qv) as "King Henry II" in _Becket (1964)_ (qv) and _The Lion in Winter (1968)_ (qv) and 'Al Pacino' (qv) as "Michael Corleone" in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) and _The Godfather: Part II (1974)_ (qv).
- (2005) Won Best Female Actor, Helpmann Award for her performance in "Hedda Gabler".
- Four of her five Oscar nominations are for playing real people (Queen Elizabeth I, 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) and 'Bob Dylan' (qv)).
- Was the original 'Tim-Tam' girl in the series of commercials promoting the product.