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Cate Blanchett

b. 1969

Cate Blanchett AC (b. 1969), actor, graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992, joined the Sydney Theatre Company and soon received the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle award for Best Newcomer. Her television credits include the ABC’s Bordertown, and her early Australian film ventures include Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), Paradise Road (1997) and Oscar and Lucinda (1997). In 1998 she won the first of her threo Golden Globes, for Elizabeth, and her international profile soared. She proceeded to starring roles in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-3); Charlotte Gray (2001); Veronica Guerin (2003), The Aviator (2004) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; and I'm Not There (2007), in which she played the young Bob Dylan and for which she was awarded the Volpi Cup for best actress at the Venice Film Festival. For the Woody Allen-directed Blue Jasmine (2013), she claimed the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for best actress. A leading advocate for the arts in Australia, she was joint artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company with her husband Andrew Upton from 2008 to 2013. Blanchett was instrumental in obtaining the support of the designer Giorgio Armani as a patron of the company and celebrated the donation of $15 million from James Packer in 2013. Critics were ecstatic at her performance as Yelena with Hugo Weaving in the STC’s production of Uncle Vanya in New York in 2012; in 2013 she appeared with the company in Genet’s The Maids. Her recent Australian films include The Turning (2013). Blanchett has three honorary doctorates and was made AC in 2017 'for eminent service to the performing arts as an international stage and screen actor, through seminal contributions as director of artistic organisations, as a role model for women and young performers, and as a supporter of humanitarian and environmental causes.'

Updated 2018