Methodist Ladies' College
National Institute of Dramatic Art
Played the wicked stepmother in Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella"
Reprised the role of Galadriel for a final time in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
Starred in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"
Appeared in the second "Hobbit" movie, "The Desolation of Smaug"
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
Played a ruthless intelligence operative in Joe Wright's thriller "Hanna"
Portrayed Marian opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"
Re-teamed with Brad Pitt to play lovers in David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
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
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December)
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
Reprised award-winning role in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
With husband Andrew Upton, named as joint artistic directors of Australia's Sydney Theatre Company (STC)
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
Co-starred with Brad Pitt to play a tragedy-stricken American couple vacationing in Morocco in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel"
Portrayed legendary screen icon Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in "The Aviator"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress
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
Again portrayed Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the suspense thriller "The Missing," directed by Ron Howard
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
Starred in "Heaven," Tom Tykwer's English-language directorial debut
Reprised Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers"
Played the title character in Gillian Armstrong's "Charlotte Gray"
Portrayed the elf queen Galadriel in the Peter Jackson-directed "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings"
Cast as Petal Bear, the wife of Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) in "The Shipping News"
Co-starred as a Russian chorus girl in "The Man Who Cried"; screened at Venice; released in U.S 2001
Cast as a southern widow with psychic abilities in "The Gift"
Landed featured roles in Barry Levinson's "Pushing Tin" and Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
Made London stage debut in the Donmar revival of David Hare's "Plenty"
Played title role in Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth," a film biography of Queen Elizabeth I; received Best Actress Oscar nomination
Joined Glenn Close and Frances McDormand in "Paradise Road"
Featured in Australian film "Thank God He Met Lizzie"; won Best Supporting Actress Award from Australian Film Institute
Co-starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in "Oscar and Lucinda," directed by Gillian Armstrong
Made film acting debut in drama "Parklands"
Made TV acting debut on Australian series "Police Rescue"
Co-starred on Australian TV program "Heartland"
Made TV debut in a commercial
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
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.