Cate Blanchett Biography

Cate Blanchett is an Academy Award-winning Australian actress and theatre director known for her iconic portrayals of Elizabeth I of England in ‘Elizabeth’ and Katharine Hepburn in ‘The Aviator’. With a successful career in both film and theatre, Blanchett has been recognized with numerous awards, including four Helpmann Awards for ‘Best Female Actor in a Play’. Despite initially studying economics at the University of Melbourne, Blanchett’s passion for acting led her to drop out and pursue her dreams. Through hard work and dedication, she quickly established herself as a talented actress both in Australia and internationally. Notably, Blanchett holds the distinction of being the only actress to receive Academy Award nominations for playing the same role in two movies and is the only Australian artiste to have won two Academy Awards for acting.

Quick Facts

  • Australian Celebrities Born In May
  • Also Known As: Catherine Elise Blanchett
  • Age: 54 Years, 54 Year Old Females
  • Spouse/Ex-: Andrew Upton (m. 1997)
  • Father: Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr.
  • Mother: June Gambles
  • Siblings: Bob Blanchett, Genevieve Blanchett
  • Children: Dashiell John Upton, Edith Vivian Patricia Upton, Ignatius Martin Upton, Roman Robert Upton
  • Born Country: Australia
  • Quotes By Cate Blanchett
  • Actresses
  • Ancestry: French Australian, English Australian, American Australian
  • Notable Alumni: National Institute Of Dramatic Art
  • Education: University Of Melbourne, National Institute Of Dramatic Art

Childhood & Early Life

Cate Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in Victoria, Australia to June and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr. Her mother was a teacher and property developer, while her father served in the United States Navy and later became an advertising executive. She has a younger sister who is a theatrical designer and an older brother who is a computer systems engineer.

Blanchett attended Ivanhoe East Primary School and Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School before joining Methodist Ladies’ College. She then briefly attended the University of Melbourne before dropping out. During her late teens and early twenties, she also worked at a nursing home. She later enrolled at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


Cate Blanchett’s first significant stage role was in the 1992 play ‘Oleanna’ at the Sydney Theatre Company. She also performed in a play titled ‘Electra’ and played the role of Ophelia in the play ‘Hamlet’. She then appeared in the TV miniseries ‘Heartland’ and ‘Bordertown’. In 1996, she acted in the short drama ‘Parklands’ and made her feature film debut in ‘Paradise Road’.

Blanchett’s first leading role was in the 1997 romantic drama film ‘Oscar and Lucinda’. She went on to act in various projects such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film series, ‘The Aviator’, ‘Babel’, and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. She also became the artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company.

In recent years, Blanchett has appeared in films like ‘Carol’, ‘Ocean’s 8’, and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. She has also ventured into voice work and theater productions.

Major Works

One of Cate Blanchett’s major breakthrough roles was in the critically acclaimed film ‘Elizabeth’ (1998), where she portrayed Elizabeth I of England. This role earned her several prestigious awards, including a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

Another notable performance was in the film ‘Blue Jasmine’ (2013), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also received critical acclaim for her role in ‘I’m Not There’ (2007), earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Awards & Achievements

Cate Blanchett has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘The Aviator’ (2004) and the Academy Award for Best Actress for ‘Blue Jasmine’ (2013). She has also been honored with the British Film Institute Fellowship and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal Life

Cate Blanchett has been married to screenwriter/playwright Andrew Upton since 1997. The couple has three sons and one adopted daughter.


Blanchett is an ambassador and patron of the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. She is also a patron of SolarAid and the Sydney Film Festival, as well as an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

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