May. 14th, 1969
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5' 8 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest
Queen Elizabeth II (Voiced)
Herself - Actress (segment "Cate Blanchett")
Herself - Special Guest Host
Herself - Presenter
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.
- Children: Dashiell John, born on December 3, 2001 in London, England; Roman Robert, born on April 23, 2004
- In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $13 million.
- 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.
- Received the 2,367th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 5, 2008.
- 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).
- Is of French descent.
- In an interview she gave to Fox Television Network, she admitted blushingly that she had accepted the role of Galadriel, the Elf Queen, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy because she always wanted to appear in a movie wearing pointed ears.
- 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.