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Cate Blanchett as Galadriel

Galadriel Cate Blanchett

Date of Birth: 14 May 1969
Place: Melbourne, Australia
Height: 5’ 8½”
Education: Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art
Family: Has two children (Dashiell, Roman Robert) with her husband Andrew Upton

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Born Catherine Elise Blanchett, she is the middle of three children. Her father, Bob, was a Texan and ex-US Navy man who'd met Cate's mother, a teacher named June, and moved into advertising in Melbourne. Cate claims there's some French ancestry in there somewhere, one antecedent being Louis Bleriot, the first aviator to fly across the English Channel. Her father died of a heart attack when she was ten. "The day dad died", she said in Joan Sauer's Brothers And Sisters "I was playing the piano and he walked past the window and I waved goodbye . . . and he died. After that I thought I would have to kiss everybody goodbye before I left the house. It was like I had an obsessive-compulsive disorder. I'd just be going down the street to get some milk, and I'd do it. If I had to come back in the house because I'd forgotten something, I'd have to go through the whole ritual again".

She has described her childhood as normal, while seeing herself as "part extrovert, part wallflower".

She started her acting career whilst at school, where she was part the school drama group. After college she travelled, and whilst in Egypt, and desperate for money, she signed on as an extra in an Arabic boxing film. Although it was not an experience she enjoyed, she realised that this could well be the career for her. Cate recalls, "It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a serious profession.”

She returned to Melbourne and enrolled at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Graduating in 1982 she joined the Sydney Theatre Company, playing a wide variety of roles and winning almost instant critical acclaim. She also did some notable television work, Heartland, Bordertown and Police Rescue.

Cate made her feature film debut as a shy Australian nurse in Bruce Beresford's, Paradise Road. Thank God He Met Lizzie and the critically acclaimed Oscar and Lucinda followed, but it was Cate's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth that really brought her into the limelight with an Oscar nomination and numerous awards including Golden Globe and BAFTA.

In 1997 she married Andrew Upton, a script and continuity editor. Although not, apparently, love at first sight they soon bonded over a shared good sense of humour.
After The Talented Mr. Ripley (a role which was expanded for her) she moved in a different direction in Pushing Tin, a black comedy about the madcap lives of two air traffic controllers and their wives. Each new role expanded her repertoire

Cate took a break to appear with Kate Winslett, Julianne Moore, Melanie Griffiths, and Gillian Anderson in a one night, Valentine's Day charity benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues at the Old Vic Theater, in February, 1999.

More film roles followed, including The Gift, Bandits and of course Lord of the Rings playing the part of Galadriel. The Shipping News, Heaven, Veronica Guerin and The Missing followed in quick succession. Whilst filming The Life Aquatic she played a pregnant journalist, discovering that she was actually pregnant with her second child whilst filming. This caused her to cancel plans to appear in Closer but after her second son was born she stepped in for Nichole Kidman in The Aviator, earning a second Oscar nomination.

She is well known for her charitable work on behalf of children's and women's causes.

Random facts

  • She was the first person to win the Critics Circle Theatre award for Best Newcomer and Lead Actress in the same year. One of the performances which won her this award was for her role in David Mamet's Oleanna, opposite Shine star Geoffrey Rush.
  • In an interview she gave to Fox Television Network, she admitted blushingly that she had accepted the role of Galadriel, the Elf Queen, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy because she always wanted to appear in a movie wearing pointed ears.
  • After completing work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the role of Galadriel, she kept and bronzed her elf ear prosthetics.
  • Enjoys making lists and crossing items off as she accomplishes them.
  • Was the original 'Tim-Tam' girl in the series of commercials promoting the product.
  • September 2004: Flew back home to Melbourne, Australia to launch the skincare range from SK-II at Australia's leading department store Myer.
  • Was set to play Portia in Michael Radford's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004), thus re-uniting with actor Joseph Fiennes, her co-star from the blockbuster Elizabeth (1998), but had to drop out after discovering her pregnancy.


Benjamin Button (2007) (announced)
I'm Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan (2006) (pre-production)
Babel (2006) (filming)
The Good German (2006) (filming)
Notes on a Scandal (2006) (filming)
Golden Age (2006)
Little Fish (2005)
The Aviator (2004)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Missing (2003/I)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Veronica Guerin (2003) .... Veronica Guerin
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) .... Galadriel
Heaven (2002)
The Shipping News (2001)
Charlotte Gray (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Bandits (2001)
The Gift (2000)
The Man Who Cried (2000)
Bangers (1999)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Pushing Tin (1999)
An Ideal Husband (1999)
Elizabeth (1998) ....
Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997)
Paradise Road (1997)
Parklands (1996)
Bordertown (1995) (mini) TV Series
Heartland (1994) (mini) TV Series
Police Rescue (1994)


All letters should be sent to:

Cate Blanchett
c/o Robyn Gardiner Management
P.O. Box 128
Surrey Hills


Contributed by  Anne

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