May. 14th, 1969
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5' 8 1/2"
Cate Blanchett's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Robin Hood
2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2007 - Hot Fuzz
2007 - Elizabeth: The Golden Age
2006 - The Good German
2006 - Notes on a Scandal
2006 - Babel
2005 - Little Fish
2004 - Coffee and Cigarettes
2004 - The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
2004 - The Aviator
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 - Veronica Guerin
2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 - Bandits
2001 - The Shipping News
2001 - Charlotte Gray
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2000 - The Gift
2000 - The Man Who Cried
1999 - The Talented Mr. Ripley
1999 - Pushing Tin
1999 - An Ideal Husband
1998 - Elizabeth
1997 - Oscar and Lucinda
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Special Guest Host
Herself - Presenter
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.
- Won the Rosemont Best Actress Award for her performance in "Oleanna".
- Her portrayal of Irina Spalko in _Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)_ (qv) is director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)'s favorite villain in the Indiana Jones series.
- Enjoys making lists and crossing items off as she accomplishes them.
- Was the original 'Tim-Tam' girl in the series of commercials promoting the product.
- (2007) Was officially in the BAFTA longlist (Equivalently, the semi-finals) for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her role in _Notes on a Scandal (2006)_ (qv) (unlike the Oscars, where she was competing for Supporting Role), which consisted of 15 finalists for each category (except Animated Film). However, she was eliminated in the next round, which the five official nominees were selected.
- 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.
- 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 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).