CATE BLANCHETT served as the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company, alongside Andrew Upton from 2008-2013. She is a graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art and holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.
Blanchett won an Academy Award® for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, for which she also won BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards® and received a Golden Globe® nomination. In 2008, Blanchett was nominated for two Oscars®, as Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and as Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There, making her only the fifth actor in Academy history to be nominated in both acting categories in the same year. Additionally, she received dual SAG and BAFTA Award nominations, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively, for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I’m Not There. For the latter, she also won a Golden Globe® Award, an Independent Spirit Award, several critics groups’ awards, and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.
She earned her first Oscar® nomination and won BAFTA, Golden Globe® Award and London Film Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth. She also received Oscar®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award® nominations for her performance in Notes on a Scandal. Additionally, Blanchett has earned Golden Globe® nominations for Best Actress for the title role in Joel Schumacher’s Veronica Guerin and her work in Barry Levinson’s Bandits, and, earlier, another BAFTA Award nomination for her performance in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Blanchett stars in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, which was released by Sony Classics on July 26, 2013. On February 7, 2014, Blanchett will appear in The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney. Blanchett is currently in production in London on Disney’s live-action Cinderella. She has also completed production on two untitled Terrence Malick films with pending release dates.
In 2014, Blanchett will star in Todd Haynes’ film Carol, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt.
In 2015, Blanchett will go behind the camera for the first time to direct Herman Koch’s novel, The Dinner, an explosive psychological thriller which explores just how far some parents might go to protect their children. Blanchett has partnered with producer Cotty Chubb’s ChubbCo Film Co and Academy-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman.
Blanchett originated the role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and reprised her role in the recent The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Additional film credits include Joe Wright’s Hanna; Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood; David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Steven Soderbergh’s The Good German; Babel; and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Among her other film credits are Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, earning an Independent Spirit Award nomination; Ron Howard’s The Missing; Gillian Armstrong’s Charlotte Gray; Lasse Hallström’s The Shipping News; Rowan Woods’ Little Fish; Mike Newell’s Pushing Tin; Oliver Parker’s An Ideal Husband; Sam Raimi’s The Gift; Sally Potter’s The Man Who Cried; Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road; Thank God He Met Lizzie” for which she won both the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) and the Sydney Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress; and Gillian Armstrong’s Oscar and Lucinda, for which she also earned an AFI nomination for Best Actress.
Blanchett has worked extensively on the stage in Australia and abroad. For the past five years, she has been the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company (STC) alongside Andrew Upton. Blanchett’s roles on stage include Hedda Gabler for which she won the Ibsen Centennial Award, Helpmann Award and the MO Award for Best Actress; Richard II in the celebrated STC production of The Wars of The Roses; Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire which travelled to much acclaim from Sydney to Washington and New York (her performance was considered the ‘performance of the year’ by the New York Times) and for which she received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production; Yelena in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton, which toured to Washington in 2011 and New York in 2012 to great critical acclaim and for which she received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play and the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production; and Lotte in Botho Strauss’ Gross und Klein, which toured extensively throughout Europe in 2012 and was part of the London Cultural Olympiad, and for which she received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play. Blanchett is currently performing opposite Isabelle Huppert in STC’s production of Jean Genet’s The Maids, directed by Benedict Andrews and co-adapted by Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews.
Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting and in 2007 she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2012, she was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des letters by the French Minister for Culture, in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts. She has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2008, Blanchett co-Chaired the creative stream of the Prime Minister of Australia’s National 2020 Summit. She is a patron of the Sydney Film Festival and an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Film Institute.
Blanchett resides in Sydney with her husband and their three children.
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