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Cate Blanchett
, 1998

by Sage

gelatin silver photograph, poly toned

Cate Blanchett (b. 1969) is an actor whose Golden Globe Award winning performance in Elizabeth (1998) confirmed her as a leading screen performer. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992, Blanchett joined the Sydney Theatre Company and received the Sydney Theatre Critic's Circle award for Best Newcomer. Her television credits include the ABC's Bordertown, and her Australian film credits include Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), Paradise Road (1997) and Oscar and Lucinda (1997). Her recent international starring roles include the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-3), Charlotte Gray (2002), Veronica Guerin (2003) and The Aviator (2004) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Blanchett appears regularly on 'best-dressed' and 'most beautiful' lists, but she is also regularly described as the finest actor of her generation.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999
Accession number: 1999.64