Cate Blanchett


14 May 1969


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Catherine Elise Blanchett


Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old, her 40-year-old father died of a sudden heart attack. Her mother never remarried, and her grandmother moved in to help her mother. Cate 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'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). She also married writer Andrew Upton in 1997. She had met him a year earlier on a movie set, and they didn't like each other at first. He thought she was aloof, and she thought he was arrogant, but then they connected over a poker game at a party, and she went home with him that night. Three weeks later he proposed marriage and they quickly married before she went off to England to play her breakthrough role in films: the title character in Elizabeth (1998) for which she won 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 also gave birth to her first child, son Dashiell, in 2001. In 2004, she gave birth to her second son Roman. Also, in 2004, she played actress Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's film "Aviator" (2004), for which she received an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress. Two years later, she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for playing a teacher having an affair with an underage student in "Notes on a Scandal" (2006). In 2007, she returned to the role that made her a star in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007). It earned her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. She was nominated for another Oscar that same year as Best Supporting Actress for playing Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" (2007). In 2008, she gave birth to her third child, son Ignatius. She and her husband became artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company, choosing to spend more time in Australia raising their three sons. She also purchased a multi-million dollar home in Sydney, Australia and named it Bulwarra and made extensive renovations to it. Because of her life in Australia, her film work became sporadic, until Woody Allen cast her in the title role in Blue Jasmine (2013), which won her the Academy Award as Best Actress. She ended her job as artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, while her husband continued there for two more years before he too resigned. In 2015, she adopted her daughter Edith in her father's homeland of America. That same year, she and her husband sold their multi-million dollar home in Australia at a profit and moved to America. Reasons varied from her wanting to work more in America to wanting to familiarize herself with her late father's American heritage. She played the title role of Carol (2015), a 1950s American housewife in a lesbian affair with a younger woman. She won rave reviews for the role, and may again be an Oscar contender.

Actor ( 135 credits )

Jungle Book (2018) Kaa
Ocean's Eight (2018) (rumored)
How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2018) Valka (voice)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) (rumored)
Weightless (2017)
Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Narrator (voice)
IMDb First Credit (2016)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Knight of Cups (2015)
Manifesto (2015)
Truth (2015) Mary Mapes
Carol (2015) Carol Aird
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
No Sleep TV3 (2015)  Annabelle 'Annie' Wilson (archive footage) (uncredited
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Galadriel
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Valka (voice)
The Monuments Men (2014) Claire Simone
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014)  Herself (2 episodes, 2015)
The Turning (2013) Gail Lang
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Galadriel
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013) Dore Strauch (voice)
Blue Jasmine (2013) Jasmine
Girl Rising (2013) Narrator - Haiti (voice)
Ok! TV (2013)  Herself (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
A Cautionary Tail (2012) Narrator 1 (voice)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Galadriel
Vivir de cine (2012)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012)
Raising the Curtain (2012)  Herself - Interviewee (unknown episodes)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Hanna (2011) Marissa Wiegler
The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg (2011)
Robin Hood (2010) Marion Loxley
Rake (2010)  Clarice Greene (1 episode, 2014)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Herself (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
The Many Faces of... (2010)  Sheba Hart (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode,
Ponyo (2008) Granmamare (voice)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Daisy
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Irina Spalko
In the Company of Actors (2007) Herself / Hedda Gabler
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Queen Elizabeth I
I'm Not There. (2007) Jude
Hot Fuzz (2007) Janine (uncredited)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012)
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (2007)  Narrator (2 episodes, 2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
La tele de tu vida (2007)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Herself (3 episodes, 2012-2016)
Notes on a Scandal (2006) Sheba Hart
The Good German (2006) Lena Brandt
Babel (2006) Susan Jones
Movie Rush (2006)  Herself
Little Fish (2005) Tracy
Stories of Lost Souls (2005) Julie-Anne (segment "Bangers") (archive footage)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Sexes (2005)  Elizabeth I (1 episode, 2005)
The Bigger Picture (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Iconoclasts (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
The Aviator (2004) Katharine Hepburn
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Jane Winslett-Richardson
At the Movies (2004)  Herself - Special Guest Host (1 episode, 2011)
Miradas 2 (2004)  Herself (2 episodes, 2007)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Herself (2 episodes, 2014)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) Cate / Shelly (segment "Cousins")
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Galadriel
The Missing (2003) Magdalena Gilkeson
Veronica Guerin (2003) Veronica Guerin
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Cartaz Cultural (2003)  Herself
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Galadriel
Heaven (2002) Philippa
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
V Graham Norton (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Herself (1 episode)
La nit al dia (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
The Shipping News (2001) Petal
Charlotte Gray (2001) Charlotte Gray
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Galadriel
Bandits (2001) Kate Wheeler
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
History vs. Hollywood (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Good Day Live (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Extreme Close Up with... (2001)  Herself (1 episode)
The Man Who Cried (2000) Lola
The Gift (2000) Annabelle 'Annie' Wilson
Drama School (2000)  Herself (unknown episodes)
Breakfast (2000)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2007-2010)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Meredith Logue
An Ideal Husband (1999) Lady Gertrude Chiltern
Pushing Tin (1999) Connie Falzone
Family Guy (1999)  Penelope / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
Bangers (1999) Julie-Anne
Elizabeth (1998) Elizabeth I
God kveld Norge (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Oscar and Lucinda (1997) Lucinda Leplastrier
Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997) Lizzie
Paradise Road (1997) Susan Macarthy
The View (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (5 episodes, 2006-2007)
Parklands (1996) Rosie
Access Hollywood (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Australian Story (1996)  Herself - Presenter (1 episode, 2012)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Herself (5 episodes, 2007-2014)
Police Rescue (1994) Vivian
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Extra (1994)  Herself (2 episodes, 2014)
Cartelera (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Bravo Profiles (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2004-2013)
Gomorron (1992)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2001-2009)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest (8 episodes, 1999-2013)
Police Rescue (1989)  Mrs. Haines (1 episode, 1993)
Troldspejlet (1989)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
G.P. (1989)  Janie Morris (1 episode, 1994)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself (4 episodes, 2004-2014)
Inside Edition (1988)  Herself (2 episodes, 2014)
Seitenblicke (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
National Geographic Explorer (1985)  Galadriel, Lady of the Galadhrim / ... (1 episode, 200
Cinema 3 (1984)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (26 episodes, 2003-2014)
20 heures le journal (1981)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Fantástico (1973)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Parkinson (1971)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Film '72 (1971)  Herself (3 episodes, 2004-2007)
60 Minutes (1968)  Herself - Actress (segment "Cate Blanchett") (2 episod
Today (1952)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Cinderella (0) Lady Tremaine
Blackbird (0) Janet

Producer ( 3 credits )

Carol (2015) executive producer
Stories of Lost Souls (2005) producer (segment "Bangers")
Bangers (1999) producer

Director ( 1 credit )

Stateless (0)

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