Born in Melbourne in 1969, Cate Blanchett first took the world by storm with her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 film Elizabeth, a role which won her a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award and her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
A 1992 graduate of the NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Blanchett’s varied career choices have seen her compared with legendary screen actress Meryl Streep.
Blanchett has played the elf queen Galadriel in the Lord of The Rings trilogy and will soon reprise that role in The Hobbitt. She won an Best Actress Oscar for portraying actress Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator and starred in numerous other Hollywood films, including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button alongside Brad Pitt.
Married to playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton, the couple have three sons and are currently artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.
Known as an actress with a social conscience, Blanchett is a key supporter of the carbon tax and other environmental initiatives. She and her family live in the historic 1877 house Bulwarra, which was extensively renovated in 2007 to make it more eco-friendly.
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