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
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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