121 Facts About Cate Blanchett


Catherine Elise Blanchett is an Australian actor.


Cate Blanchett has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards.


Cate Blanchett later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a neurotic former socialite in the comedy-drama Blue Jasmine.


Cate Blanchett made her Broadway debut in 2017 in The Present, for which she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.


Cate Blanchett has received two Emmy Award nominations for producing and starring as Phyllis Schlafly in the period drama miniseries Mrs America.


Cate Blanchett has received honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and Macquarie University.


Catherine Elise Cate Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in the Ivanhoe suburb of Melbourne.


When Cate Blanchett was ten, her father died of a heart attack, leaving her mother to raise the family.


Cate Blanchett is the second of three children, with an older brother and younger sister.


Cate Blanchett's ancestry includes English, some Scottish, and remote French roots.


Cate Blanchett has described herself as a "part extrovert, part wallflower" child.


Cate Blanchett studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne but dropped out after one year to travel overseas.


In 1993, Blanchett was awarded the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award for her performance in Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances and won Best Actress for her performance in Mamet's Oleanna, making her the first actor to win both categories in the same year.


Cate Blanchett appeared in the 1994 TV miniseries Heartland opposite Ernie Dingo, the miniseries Bordertown with Hugo Weaving, and in an episode of Police Rescue entitled "The Loaded Boy".


Cate Blanchett appeared in the 50-minute drama short Parklands, which received an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Original Screenplay.


Cate Blanchett made her feature film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II, in Bruce Beresford's film Paradise Road, which co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand.


Cate Blanchett's first leading role came later that year as eccentric heiress Lucinda Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrong's romantic drama Oscar and Lucinda, opposite Ralph Fiennes.


Cate Blanchett received wide acclaim for her performance, with Emanuel Levy of Variety declaring, "luminous newcomer Cate Blanchett, in a role originally intended for Judy Davis, is bound to become a major star".


Cate Blanchett earned her first AFI Award nomination as Best Leading Actress for Oscar and Lucinda.


Cate Blanchett won the AFI Best Actress Award in the same year for her starring role as Lizzie in the romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie, co-starring Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor.


Cate Blanchett's first high-profile international role was a young Elizabeth I in the critically acclaimed historical drama Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur.


Cate Blanchett appeared in the Mike Newell comedy Pushing Tin, with her performance singled out by critics, and the critically acclaimed and financially successful film The Talented Mr Ripley, alongside Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.


Cate Blanchett received her second BAFTA nomination for her performance as Meredith Logue in The Talented Mr Ripley.


Already an acclaimed actor, Cate Blanchett received a host of new fans when she appeared in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-winning blockbuster trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, playing the role of elf leader Galadriel in all three films.


In 2002, Cate Blanchett starred opposite Giovanni Ribisi in Tom Tykwer-directed Heaven, the first film in an unfinished trilogy by acclaimed writer-director Krzysztof Kieslowski.


Cate Blanchett face has always registered emotion with a mercurial fluidity, the immediacy of feeling she conveys in "Heaven" is astonishing.


In 2004, Cate Blanchett portrayed a pregnant journalist chronicling an underwater voyage by an eccentric oceanographer in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.


Cate Blanchett won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005, for her highly acclaimed portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator.


Cate Blanchett lent her Oscar statuette to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.


In 2006, Cate Blanchett portrayed Hedda Gabler at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Hedda Gabler, directed by Robyn Nevin.


Cate Blanchett then starred opposite Brad Pitt in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's multi-lingual, multi-narrative drama Babel, as one half of a grieving couple who get caught up in an international incident in Morocco.


Cate Blanchett co-starred in the Steven Soderbergh-directed World War II-set drama The Good German with George Clooney, and the acclaimed psychological thriller Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame Judi Dench.


Cate Blanchett received a third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the latter film, where she portrays a lonely teacher who embarks on an affair with a 15-year-old student and becomes the object of obsession for an older woman played by Dench.


In 2007, Cate Blanchett was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, and appeared on Forbes Celebrity 100 list.


Cate Blanchett made a cameo as Janine, forensic scientist and ex-girlfriend of Simon Pegg's character, in Edgar Wright's action comedy film Hot Fuzz.


Cate Blanchett reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the 2007 sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age directed by Shekhar Kapur, and portrayed Jude Quinn, one of six incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' experimental film I'm Not There.


Cate Blanchett won the Volpi Cup Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Jude Quinn.


Cate Blanchett next appeared in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as the villainous KGB agent Col.


Cate Blanchett returned to acting in the theatre in 2009 with the Sydney Theatre Company production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Liv Ullmann.


Cate Blanchett starred as Blanche DuBois alongside Joel Edgerton as Stanley Kowalski.


Ullmann and Cate Blanchett had been meaning to collaborate on a project since Ullman's intended film adaption of A Doll's House fell by the wayside.


Cate Blanchett proposed embarking on Streetcar to Ullmann, who jumped at the opportunity after initial discussion.


Cate Blanchett have performed the play as if it had never been staged before, with the result that, as a friend of mine put it, 'you feel like you're hearing words you thought you knew pronounced correctly for the first time.


The production and Cate Blanchett received Helen Hayes Awards, for Outstanding Non-Resident Production and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production award, respectively.


In 2010, Cate Blanchett starred as Lady Marion opposite Russell Crowe's titular hero in Ridley Scott's epic Robin Hood.


In 2011, Cate Blanchett took part in two Sydney Theatre Company productions.


Cate Blanchett was nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Best Actress, and won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Helpmann Award for Best Actress.


Cate Blanchett then played Yelena, opposite Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh, in Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, which travelled to the Kennedy Center and the New York City Center as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.


Cate Blanchett received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production, and the Helpmann Award for Best Actress.


Cate Blanchett reprised her role as Galadriel in Peter Jackson's adaptations of The Hobbit, prequel to The Lord of the Rings series, filmed in New Zealand.


Tolkien's original novel, but the story was amended by co-writer Guillermo del Toro and director Peter Jackson so that Cate Blanchett could appear in the film trilogy.


Cate Blanchett returned to Australian film with her appearance in The Turning, an anthology film based on a collection of short stories by Tim Winton.


Cate Blanchett was head of jury of the 2012 and 2013 Dubai International Film Festival.


In 2013, Cate Blanchett played Jasmine Francis, the lead role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, co-starring Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins.


Cate Blanchett's performance garnered widespread acclaim, with some critics considering it to be the finest of her career to that point.


In 2014, Cate Blanchett co-starred with Matt Damon and George Clooney in the latter's ensemble film, The Monuments Men, based on the true story of a crew of art historians and museum curators who recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis.


That year, Cate Blanchett voiced the part of Valka in the DreamWorks Animation film How to Train Your Dragon 2.


Cate Blanchett guest starred on the Australian show Rake, as the onscreen female version of Richard Roxburgh's rogue protagonist, Cleaver.


Cate Blanchett portrayed Nancy in Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.


Cate Blanchett starred as the villainous Lady Tremaine in Disney's Kenneth Branagh-directed live-action adaptation of Cinderella, to critical acclaim.


Cate Blanchett, who served as an executive producer of the film, drew rave reviews for her performance as the titular character, which was widely cited as one of the best of her career, alongside Elizabeth and Blue Jasmine.


Cate Blanchett portrayed Mary Mapes opposite Robert Redford's Dan Rather in Truth, a film about the Killian documents controversy.


Cate Blanchett's production company was a producing partner for the film.


Cate Blanchett then starred in Manifesto, Julian Rosefeldt's multi-screen video installation, in which 12 artist manifestos are depicted by 13 different characters all played by Blanchett.


In 2016, Cate Blanchett narrated one of two versions of Terence Malick's documentary on Earth and the universe, Voyage of Time, which had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.


Cate Blanchett starred in the Sydney Theatre Company play The Present, Andrew Upton's adaption of Anton Chekhov's play Platonov, directed by John Crowley.


In 2017, Cate Blanchett appeared in Terrence Malick's Song to Song, shot back-to-back with Knight of Cups in 2012, and portrayed the goddess of death Hela in the Marvel Studios film Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi.


In 2018, Cate Blanchett starred in Ocean's 8, the all-female spin-off of the Ocean's Eleven franchise, directed by Gary Ross, opposite Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna and Awkwafina.


Cate Blanchett portrayed Florence Zimmerman in the film adaptation of The House with a Clock in Its Walls directed by Eli Roth.


Cate Blanchett was appointed the president of the jury of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, which took place in May 2018.


Cate Blanchett portrayed a female version of the python Kaa in Andy Serkis' adaptation of The Jungle Book titled Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.


Cate Blanchett played a supporting role in the Australian drama series Stateless, inspired by the controversial mandatory detention case of Cornelia Rau.


Stateless was funded by Screen Australia and Cate Blanchett served as co-creator and executive producer for the series.


Cate Blanchett won two awards at the 10th AACTA Awards for Stateless: Best Guest or Supporting Actress for her performance, and Best Mini-Series for her role as executive producer.


Every time Cate Blanchett's Schlafly glides perfectly into the frame, there is simply nowhere else to look.


Cate Blanchett served as an executive producer on the Greek film Apples, directed by Christos Nikou.


In 2021, Cate Blanchett starred alongside Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro's film adaptation of the novel Nightmare Alley, which was released to positive reviews and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Cate Blanchett appeared alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio in Adam McKay's Don't Look Up, an apocalyptic political satire black comedy film for Netflix, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.


Cate Blanchett starred in the 2022 film Tar, directed by Todd Field.


Cate Blanchett swept the major critics awards trifecta for the second time and went on to receive her eighth Oscar nomination, tying for the fourth most Oscar-nominated actress.


Cate Blanchett voiced Spazzatura in the Netflix film adaptation Pinocchio, reuniting her with del Toro.


Cate Blanchett will portray Lilith in Borderlands, a live action adaptation of the video game of the same name, reuniting her with Eli Roth.


Cate Blanchett is regarded as one of the finest and most versatile actors of her generation.


Cate Blanchett is noted for her ability to play characters from many different walks of life, and for headlining and being an ensemble player in a wide range of film genres and production scales, from low-budget independent films to high-profile blockbusters.


Cate Blanchett has been praised for her mastery over a wide array of diverse accents, including English, Irish, French, and various regional American accents.


Cate Blanchett has been forever daring, uncompromising and perpetually, resolutely, herself.


Cate Blanchett has been cited in the press as being a style icon and has frequently topped lists of the best dressed women in the world.


In 2004, Cate Blanchett was named the third most naturally beautiful woman of all time by a panel of beauty and fashion editors, make-up artists, model agencies and photographers, behind Audrey Hepburn and Liv Tyler.


In 2006, a portrait of Cate Blanchett and her family painted by McLean Edwards was a finalist for the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Archibald Prize.


Cate Blanchett appeared in a series of commemorative postage stamps called Australian Legends in 2009, in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to Australian entertainment and culture.


In 2019, Cate Blanchett was among the "10 inspirational women honored with a larger-than-life bronze sculpture" as part of the Statues for Equality project, which "aims to balance gender representation in public art and honor women's contributions to society".


Cate Blanchett has been a long term proponent of individual and collective action on climate change and other environmental issues.


In 2007, Cate Blanchett became the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation.


Cate Blanchett was made an honorary life member of the Australian Conservation Foundation in 2012, in recognition of her support for environmental issues.


At the beginning of 2011, Cate Blanchett lent her support for a carbon tax.


Cate Blanchett received some criticism for this, particularly from conservatives.


Cate Blanchett is a patron of the international development charity SolarAid, which works to create a sustainable market for solar lights in Africa.


In January 2014, Cate Blanchett took part in the Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative to raise the public profile of sustainable fashion, founded by Livia Firth of Eco-Age.


In September 2020, as part of her role as Jury President of the 77th Venice International Film Festival, Cate Blanchett vowed that during the festival she would only wear outfits that she had previously worn at public events in an effort to highlight the issue of sustainability in the fashion industry.


In 2022, Cate Blanchett launched the Climate of Change podcast on Audible together with Danny Kennedy to discuss climate change and the importance of preserving the environment.


Cate Blanchett has been working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since 2015.


Cate Blanchett has undertaken missions with the UNHCR to Jordan in 2015, Lebanon in 2016 and Bangladesh in 2018 to meet with and highlight the issues faced by both Syrian and Rohingya refugees in those areas.


In July 2020, the Australian miniseries Stateless, which was co-created and produced by Cate Blanchett, premiered on Netflix.


In May 2020, Cate Blanchett was among the celebrities who read an instalment of Roald Dahl's children's fantasy novel James and the Giant Peach in aid of the global-non profit charity Partners In Health, co-founded by Dahl's daughter Ophelia, which had been fighting COVID-19 in vulnerable areas.


Cate Blanchett said that she and her husband had wanted to adopt since the birth of their first son.


In November 2006, Cate Blanchett attributed the move to their desire to select a permanent home for her children, to be closer to her family, and to have a sense of belonging to the Australian theatrical community.


Cate Blanchett has spoken about feminism and politics, telling Sky News in 2013 that she was concerned that "a wave of conservatism sweeping the globe" was threatening women's role in society.


Cate Blanchett was the first ambassador and has been a patron of the Australian Film Institute and its academy, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, since 2001.


Cate Blanchett is a patron of the Sydney Film Festival.


Cate Blanchett is a patron of the new Australian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale, and spoke at its opening at the Venice Giardini in May 2015.


Cate Blanchett spoke at former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam's state funeral in 2014, and at the Margaret Whitlam dinner and fundraiser event hosted by politician Tanya Plibersek in June 2015.


In 2018 Armani announced Cate Blanchett would become the first beauty ambassador for the company, representing the company globally by absorbing responsibilities for skincare and make-up, in addition to her previous 2013 commitments to fragrances.


Cate Blanchett has appeared in over 70 films and over 20 theatre productions.


Cate Blanchett is one of only four actresses to win the Academy Award for Best Actress after winning Best Supporting Actress.


Cate Blanchett is the only actress in Oscar history to be nominated twice for playing the same role in two films, and the eleventh actor to receive two acting nominations in the same year.


Cate Blanchett is the only Australian to win two acting Oscars.


Cate Blanchett has been recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the following performances:.


Cate Blanchett received Women in Film and Television International's Crystal Award for excellence in the entertainment industry in 2014.


In 2015, Cate Blanchett was honoured at the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit for her outstanding contributions to the industry.


Cate Blanchett received the British Film Institute Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film, presented to her by fellow actor Ian McKellen.


Cate Blanchett was awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society by the Australian government.