May. 14th, 1969
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5' 8 1/2"
Cate Blanchett's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- 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 Aviator (2004)_ (qv), she works opposite 'Leonardo DiCaprio' (qv), who plays 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv). The year before, she appeared in _The Missing (2003/I)_ (qv) with 'Tommy Lee Jones' (qv). Jones played Hughes years earlier in _The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV)_ (qv).
- She was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to acting and Australian society.
- 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).
- When she was 18, Cate was on vacation in 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 who was losing to an Egyptian. She dreaded the experience and walked off from the movie.
- 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, Linda Hunt and Felicity Huffman are the only performers to be nominated for an Oscar for playing a member of the opposite sex.
- Enjoys making lists and crossing items off as she accomplishes them.