Cate Blanchett (born May 14, 1969) is an Australian actress. She was born as Catherine Elise Blanchett in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as the daughter of a Texan navy officer who came ashore in Melbourne and never left and a Melbourne schoolteacher. Her father, Robert, had moved on to advertising when he met her mother, June. He died of a heart attack when Cate was only 10 years old. She has two brothers, the oldest, Bob, is a computer programmer, and her younger sister, Genevieve, is a set designer in the theatre.
Blanchett graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney in 1992, and began her career on the stage. Her first major stage role was opposite Geoffrey Rush in the 1993 David Mamet play Oleanna. Her film debut was as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese in the POW production directed by Bruce Beresford, Paradise Road, that co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand.
She married playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton, who she met back in 1996 while she was performing in a production of The Seagull. It was hardly love at first sight, however. "He thought I was aloof and I thought he was arrogant," said Cate Blanchett. "It just shows you how wrong you can be. But once he kissed me that was that." The two were married in 1997 and welcomed their first child, Dashiell John, in December 2001 and their second child Roman was born in 2004.
Golden Age (2006) (announced) - Elizabeth I
Little Fish (2005) (pre-production) - Tracy Heart
The Life Aquatic (2004) (post-production) - Jane Winslett-Richardson
The Aviator (2004) (post-production) - Katharine Hepburn
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Galadriel
The Missing (2003) – Maggie
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Veronica Guerin (2003) – Veronica Guerin
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – Galadriel
Heaven (movie) (2002) – Philippa
The Shipping News (2001) – Petal Bear
Charlotte Gray (2001) – Charlotte Gray
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001) – Galadriel
Bandits (2001) – Kate Wheeler
The Gift (2000) – Annabelle 'Annie' Wilson
The Man Who Cried (2000) – Lola
Bangers (1999) – Julie-Anne
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) – Meredith Logue
Pushing Tin (1999) – Connie Falzone
An Ideal Husband (1999) – Lady Gertrude Chiltern
Elizabeth (1998) – Elizabeth I of England
* Oscar and Lucinda (1997) – Lucinda Leplastrier
Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997) – Lizzie
Paradise Road (1997) – Susan Macarthy
Parklands (1996) – Rosie
Police Rescue (1994) – Vivian
Awards & Nominations
Academy Award–Best Actress in a Leading Role–Nominated–Elizabeth (movie) (1998)
"If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously"
On the Lord of the Rings trilogy: "I had never done anything with blue screen before, or prosthetics, or anything like that. Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a videogame for me. It was another world completely. But, to be honest, I basically did it so that I could have the ears. I thought they would really work with my bare head."
"If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life - that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment - that would be the perfect state."