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Since graduating from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1992, CATE BLANCHETT has worked extensively in the theater. She is a long-standing member of Company B, which is a loose ensemble of actors (including Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones and Noah Taylor), based at Belvoir Street, under the direction of Neil Armfield. With them, she has played Miranda (THE TEMPEST), Ophelia (HAMLET; nominated for a Victorian Green Room Award) and Nina (THE SEAGULL).

For the Sydney Theatre Company (STC), she appeared in Caryl Churchill's TOP GIRLS and David Mamet's OLEANNA (opposite Geoffrey Rush, for which she was awarded the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Rosemount Award for Best Actress). Blanchett's recent 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).

Her television credits include lead roles in the miniseries "Heartland" and "Bordertown," both for the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Blanchett's first role in a feature film was as Susan Macarthy in Bruce Beresford's PARADISE ROAD. She followed with her portrayal of the title character in THANK GOD HE MET LIZZIE, an "anti-romantic comedy" directed by Cherie Nowlan. For her performance, Blanchett received The Australian Film Institute's Best Supporting Actress Award. She next starred as Lucinda, opposite Ralph Fiennes, in OSCAR & LUCINDA, directed by Gillian Armstrong.

She has just completed filming PUSHING TIN, a black comedy about air traffic controllers, with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, directed by Mike Newell. Her next projects include Oscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND, directed by Oliver Parker; and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, directed by Anthony Minghella.

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