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.
- 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).
- Second son, Roman Robert, with 'Andrew Upton (I)' (qv), born 23 April 2004 in London, England.
- 15th February 2005: Attended the 2005 Elle Style Awards held at London's trendy Spitalfields Market. Posed for photos with fellow Australian 'Kylie Minogue' (qv), who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Picture at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Was 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)'s first choice for the role or Agatha in _Minority Report (2002)_ (qv). After the death of 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv), he made _Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)_ (qv) his first priority, and she moved on to other projects. She was later able to work with Spielberg in _Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)_ (qv).
- Her portrayal of Irina Spalko in _Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)_ (qv) is director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)'s favorite villain in the Indiana Jones series.
- Her Texan father, Robert Blanchett, met her mother, June, in Melbourne.
- Was set to play "Portia" in 'Michael Radford' (qv)'s adaptation of 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s _The Merchant of Venice (2004)_ (qv), thus re-uniting with actor 'Joseph Fiennes' (qv), her co-star from the blockbuster _Elizabeth (1998)_ (qv), but had to drop out after discovering her pregnancy. This also would have reunited her with 'Ian McKellen' (qv), with whom she appeared in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, who would have played "Shylock". He too ultimately left the project.