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.
- 1992: Graduated from Australia's NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art).
- She is one of the elite eleven thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. The other nine are 'Fay Bainter' (qv), 'Sigourney Weaver' (qv), 'Teresa Wright (I)' (qv), 'Barry Fitzgerald (I)' (qv) (he has been nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), 'Jessica Lange' (qv), 'Al Pacino' (qv), 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv), 'Holly Hunter' (qv), 'Julianne Moore (I)' (qv) and 'Jamie Foxx' (qv).
- September 2004: Flew back home to Melbourne, Australia to launch the skincare range from SK-II at Australia's leading department store Myer.
- Won the Rosemont Best Actress Award for her performance in "Oleanna".
- Son, Dashiell John Upton, born December 2001. He was named after the author of classic crime novel _The Maltese Falcon (1941)_ (qv), 'Dashiell Hammett' (qv).
- 1993: She was the first person to win the Sydney Theatre Critic's Circle Theatre award for Best Newcomer (for her role in "Kafka Dances"), and Best Lead Actress (for her role in 'David Mamet' (qv)'s Oleanna, with the Sydney Theatre Company, opposite _Shine (1996)_ (qv) star 'Geoffrey Rush' (qv))in the same year.
- In _The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)_ (qv), she appears with 'Anjelica Huston' (qv), and in _The Aviator (2004)_ (qv), she works with 'Danny Huston' (qv), the daughter and son, respectively, of director 'John Huston (I)' (qv). In addition to having played 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv), who appeared in _The African Queen (1951)_ (qv), directed by 'John Huston (I)' (qv), she also appeared in a remake of a film that 'John Huston (I)' (qv) appeared in: _The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)_ (qv).
- Cate and her husband, 'Andrew Upton (I)' (qv), are expecting their third child in April, 2008 [November 3, 2007].