Cate Blanchett. biography
Born Catherine Élise Blanchett on May 14, 1969, in Melbourne, Australia, Cate Blanchett started her professional acting career performing with the Sydney Theater Company soon after graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992.
With several critically acclaimed on-stage performances in her back pocket, Cate moved to Hollywood.
After making her big-screen debut in Paradise Road (1997), Cate officially became a respected actress with an accurate portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Elizabeth (1998) for which she earned an Academy Award nomination as well as her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Cate continued her success with memorable supporting roles alongside a string of established actors such as Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Bruce Willis in Bandits (2001), which showed off her comedic skills and led to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, and Ian McKellen in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
The established actress’ reign went on to increase tremendously in part of her ability to mimic the personality and voice of Katherine Hepburn in the biopic The Aviator (2005), which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She later received an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress stemming from her role in Notes on a Scandal (2006).
Cate’s critically acclaimed performance in Elizabeth The Golden Age (2007) managed to acquire an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress while her portrayal of legendary musician Bob Dylan in I’m Not There (2007) led to the Golden Globe Award in the same category.
In 2008, Cate starred opposite Brad Pitt in the Oscar-winning drama Curious Case of Benjamin Button as well as Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull before reprising her role as Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
Cate’s most recent projects include, the critically acclaimed drama Blue Jasmine (2013) opposite Alec Baldwin, the drama The Turning (2013), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014), the romantic drama Carol (2014), the crime drama Triple Nine (2015) with Christoph Waltz, the thriller Blackbird (2015) and the fantasy flick Cinderella (2015) alongside Helena Bonham Carter.
Did you know…
- She spent her honeymoon in Italy
- She has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one
- She wears a size six shoe
- Her father was a Naval officer
- She has three children with husband Andrew Upton
- She is the face of the luxury skin care brand SK-II