Cate Blanchett

Actor
A gifted performer who developed her talent at a young age, actress Cate Blanchett grew into an exceptional actress who achieved international acclaim with her Oscar-nominated turn as a young Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1969 in Australia

Filmography

Actor (72)

Carol 2015 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Cinderella 2015 (Movie)

Stepmother (Actor)

Knight of Cups 2015 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cancer Vixen 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 (Movie)

Valka (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stories of Lost Souls 2014 (Movie)

("Bangers") (Actor)

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden 2014 (Movie)

Dore Strauch (Voice)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

Galadriel (Actor)

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

Claire Simone (Actor)

Truth 2014 (Movie)

Mary Mapes (Actor)

Blue Jasmine 2013 (Movie)

Jasmine (Actor)

Girl Rising 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Journey to The South Pacific 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Galadriel (Actor)

The Turning 2013 (Movie)

Gail Lang (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Galadriel (Actor)

Hanna 2011 (Movie)

Marissa (Actor)

Iconoclasts 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

Marion Loxley (Actor)

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Gran Mamare (Actor)

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 (Movie)

Irina Spalko (Actor)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth I (Actor)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

Jude (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Babel 2006 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

In the Company of Actors 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Fish 2006 (Movie)

Tracy Heart (Actor)

Notes on a Scandal 2006 (Movie)

Sheba Hart (Actor)

The Good German 2006 (Movie)

Lena Brandt (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Coffee and Cigarettes 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Katharine Hepburn (Actor)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

Jane Winslett-Richardson (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Galadriel (Actor)

The Missing 2003 (Movie)

Maggie Gilkeson (Actor)

Veronica Guerin 2003 (Movie)

Veronica Guerin (Actor)

Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Philippa (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Bandits 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

Galadriel (Actor)

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

Kate Wheeler (Actor)

Charlotte Gray 2001 (Movie)

Charlotte Gray (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 (Movie)

Galadriel (Actor)

The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

The Shipping News 2001 (Movie)

Petal Bear (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift 2000 (Movie)

Annie Wilson (Actor)

An Ideal Husband 1999 (Movie)

Gertrude (Actor)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

Connie Falzone (Actor)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

Meredith Logue (Actor)

Bangers 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Elizabeth 1998 (Movie)

Elizabeth I (Actor)

Thank God He Met Lizzie 1998 (Movie)

Lizzie O'Hara (Actor)

Oscar and Lucinda 1997 (Movie)

Lucinda Leplastrier (Actor)

Paradise Road 1997 (Movie)

Susan Macarthy (Actor)
Producer (1)

Cancer Vixen 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

The Turning 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A gifted performer who developed her talent at a young age, actress Cate Blanchett grew into an exceptional actress who achieved international acclaim with her Oscar-nominated turn as a young Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" (1998). Prior to that role, the alluring Australian found herself thrust into the spotlight with just her third feature, "Oscar and Lucinda" (1997). Post-"Elizabeth," Blanchett quickly blossomed into one of Hollywood's most esteemed actresses. Following a prominent turn as a wealthy socialite in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), she was a Southern woman with psychic abilities in "The Gift" (2000), played Kevin Spacey's wife in "The Shipping News" (2001) and was the titular slain Irish journalist in "Veronica Guerin" (2003). Seemingly favoring smaller films, it came as a surprise that Blanchett appeared as the elf Galadriel in the blockbuster trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-03), which she followed with a critically hailed performance as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" (2004). From there, Blanchett traveled easily from small indies to major studio films, earning acclaim for her work in "Babel" (2006), "Notes on a Scandal" (2006) and "I'm Not There" (2007), to vamping her way through "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). Following further critical praise for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), Blanchett delivered memorable turns in "Robin Hood" (2010) and "Hanna" (2011), solidifying her status as one of Hollywood's most preeminent performers.

Relationships

Robert Blanchett

Father
American (from Texas); met Blanchett's mother while he was in the U.S. Navy Died c. 1979

June Blanchett

Mother
Australian

Robert Blanchett

Brother
Older

Genevieve Blanchett

Sister
Younger

Andrew Upton Screenplay

Husband
Married Dec. 29, 1997

Dashiell Upton

Son
Born Dec. 3, 2001 in London, England; father, Andrew Upton

Ignatius Upton

Son
Born April 13, 2008; father, Andrew Upton

Roman Upton

Son
Born April 23, 2004 in London, England; father, Andrew Upton

EDUCATION

Methodist Ladies' College

Victoria

National Institute of Dramatic Art

1992

Melbourne University

Dropped out after two years to attend drama school

Milestones

2013

Appeared in the second "Hobbit" movie, "The Desolation of Smaug"

2013

Starred in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"

2012

Returned to Middle Earth as Galadriel in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson

2011

Played a ruthless intelligence operative in Joe Wright's thriller "Hanna"

2010

Portrayed Marian opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"

2008

Re-teamed with Brad Pitt to play lovers in David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

2008

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December)

2008

Cast as the villain in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford

2007

Portrayed Bob Dylan at one distinct stage of his life in Todd Haynes' biopic "I'm Not There"; received SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress

2007

Reprised award-winning role in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama

2006

Co-starred with Brad Pitt to play a tragedy-stricken American couple vacationing in Morocco in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel"

2006

With husband Andrew Upton, named as joint artistic directors of Australia's Sydney Theatre Company (STC)

2006

Portrayed an art teacher who is arrested for having an affair with a 15-year-old student in "Notes on a Scandal"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

2004

Cast in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes," a series of short stories that had coffee and cigarettes in common; received Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female

2004

Portrayed legendary screen icon Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in "The Aviator"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress

2003

Starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the suspense thriller "The Missing," directed by Ron Howard

2003

Again portrayed Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2002

Starred in "Heaven," Tom Tykwer's English-language directorial debut

2002

Reprised Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers"

2002

Portrayed slain Irish journalist Veronica Guerin in "Chasing the Dragon: The Veronica Guerin Story"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama

2001

Portrayed the elf queen Galadriel in the Peter Jackson-directed "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings"

2001

Played the title character in Gillian Armstrong's "Charlotte Gray"

2001

Cast as Petal Bear, the wife of Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) in "The Shipping News"

2000

Cast as a southern widow with psychic abilities in "The Gift"

2000

Co-starred as a Russian chorus girl in "The Man Who Cried"; screened at Venice; released in U.S 2001

1999

Made London stage debut in the Donmar revival of David Hare's "Plenty"

1999

Landed featured roles in Barry Levinson's "Pushing Tin" and Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

1998

Played title role in Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth," a film biography of Queen Elizabeth I; received Best Actress Oscar nomination

1997

Featured in Australian film "Thank God He Met Lizzie"; won Best Supporting Actress Award from Australian Film Institute

1997

Co-starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in "Oscar and Lucinda," directed by Gillian Armstrong

1997

Joined Glenn Close and Frances McDormand in "Paradise Road"

1996

Made film acting debut in drama "Parklands"

1994

Made TV acting debut on Australian series "Police Rescue"

1994

Co-starred on Australian TV program "Heartland"

1993

Made TV debut in a commercial

1992

Joined Sydney Theatre Company; appeared in "Oleanna" opposite Geoffrey Rush

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia

Appeared as an extra in a film made in Egypt while visiting the country on holiday

Attracted attention for her performance in "Electra" at the National Institute of Dramatic Art

Bonus Trivia

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"Cate has this slightly magic quality, as if she can be transported into other worlds." – director Gillian Armstrong to The New York Times, Dec. 28, 1997

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"Film just chews up actors like nobody's business, and I'm not particularly interested in being chewed up. I think the camera can only look at somebody's face for so long. I guess you have to accept the roles you think are right at the time. You CAN build a career, but these days there doesn't seem to be much interest in people being actors. I'm sounding very holier than thou, but I sometimes think the whole thing is like one big commercial. I can't seem to separate the ideas from the images. Maybe I shouldn't be trying. But you do want people to remember the films you do for longer than the time it takes them to eat their popcorn." – Blanchett in Interview, January 1998

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"She's so fantastic. She reacts to small instructions, works in fine brush strokes. If you say, 'Can you adjust this performance?' she'll be able to do it in degrees, 5%, 10%, each take is just a little different, She's the most finely tuned actress I've ever worked with." – "Elizabeth" director Shekhar Kapur quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 6, 1998

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"I'm very interested in the ephemerality of the theater. It's like falling in love, really. People talk about those gossamer days when they first met the love of their life. I think the same thing happens in theater. Each night 300 or 400 or 500 people are going to see something that's only going to happen once. It's a bit like a cloudscape, it's never exactly the same." – Blanchett quoted in The Boston Globe, Nov. 15, 1998

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"It's really important to me as an actor that I try to rise to a part and not reduce it down to me. Obviously I agree with [David] Mamet. You never want to lose yourself in a role. I'm interested in doing someone who is bigger than me." – Blanchett quoted in The Chicago Sun-Times Nov. 15, 1998

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"When she does speak, there's that remarkable voice, silky on the surface but drawn downward as well, primed for her sudden dives into a rich, dark lower register. Blanchett is fluent when talking about the nuts and bolts of acting, never once drifting into ditsy actor speak about 'getting centered'" – from "Cate Blanchett's Pale Fire" by Laura Jacobs, Vanity Fair, March 1999

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"Go on. Say it. I've looked ugly. That's O.K. The greatest compliment I think I've ever had was when another actor said I had an 'actor's face.' There's a line in the Botho Strauss play 'Big and Little' where it describes a character as 'a woman... not old, not young,' and I hope that I'm a woman, not ugly, not beautiful. I'm as vain as the next person, let's face it, but it's really important to try to shed that vanity. I'm not opposed to looking what is commonly termed as ugly." – Blanchett quoted in Vanity Fair, March 1999

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"I'll see an extraordinary performance by a woman and it's reduced to the word 'luminous,' it does piss me off. I read a review of Kate Winslet in 'Hideous Kinky,' and it said she looked ravishing; it didn't even talk about her [acting]." – Blanchett on how critics evaluate actresses to Premiere, March 1999

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"I almost don't know what a character is until six months after I finish playing it." – Blanchett quoted in web magazine Urban Cinefile (www.urbancinefile.com.au), Feb. 9, 2000

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"People always treat me like I'm being coy or untruthful if I say there's no grand plan, that acting is just an interesting thing that I found myself doing. It's not an end point." – Blanchett to The Guardian, Dec. 1, 2000

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"She is, without question, one of the best actresses of her generation. And when I say best I mean that she is someone who could play anything. I could give her any character, and she could do it. She can transform. Besides having an incredible quality on camera, a real unusual beauty, she is very intelligent and has great emotional depth. But she could also play a really dumb broad, too." – director Gillian Armstrong quoted in The New York Times, Dec. 24, 2000

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"The older I've become, I'm much less self-involved. I wince when I think about myself in my early twenties." – Blanchett to Premiere magazine, October 2006

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"I like to do things I've never done before," she says. "I like things to be tough because then you've got to nut out a way of doing them. It's like rally driving: you kind of know where you're going but you don't really. And the bigger and more diverse you body of work, the more adept you become at tackling new things, the more you have at your fingertips." – Blanchett quoted to Empire magazine, December 2007

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"Theater is a space where you cross over from everyday life, because there are real people in that moment moving in front of you." – Blanchett quoted to Esquire magazine, January 2009

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In 2011, Blanchett launched The Oasis: Homeless Short Film Competition in Sydney to raise awareness of homelessness. Aspiring young filmmakers were asked to create a three-minute movie about the plight of homeless youngsters and the winner received a grant of more than $25,000 (£15,600) for their school.

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