(Connie Falzone) won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and
is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her work in Elizabeth.
Since graduating from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic
Art (NIDA) in 1992, Blanchett has worked extensively in the theater.
She is a long-standing member of Company B, a loose ensemble of
actors including Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones and Noah Taylor,
based at Belvoir St. under the direction of Neil Armfield. With
them, Blanchett has played Miranda in The Tempest, Ophelia
in Hamlet, for which she earned a Green Room Award nomination,
and Nina in The Seagull.
For the Sydney Theatre Company (STC), Blanchett appeared in Caryl
Churchill's Top Girls, and David Mamet's Oleanna,
for which she was awarded The Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Rosemount
Award for Best Actress. Her new work includes Sweet Phoebe
by Michael Gow and Kafka Dances by Timothy Daly, for which
she received The Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Rosemount Award
for Best Newcomer.
For Australian television, her credits include leading roles in
the mini-series Heartland and Bordertown, both for the
Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Blanchett's feature film credits include her first film role as
Susan Macarthy in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road, followed
by Lizzie in Thank God He Met Lizzie, an anti-romantic
comedy directed by Cherie Nowlan for which Blanchett was awarded
the AFI for Best Supporting Actress. Most recently, she appeared
opposite Ralph Fiennes in Oscar and Lucinda, which was
directed by Gillian Armstrong.
Upcoming projects for Blanchett include Oscar Wilde's An Ideal
Husband, directed by Oliver Parker, and The Talented Mr.
Ripley, directed by Anthony Minghella. This spring Blanchett
will return to her theater roots to star in a revival of David
Hare's play Plenty at the Almeida Theatre in London.
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