Since graduating from Australia's National Institute of
Dramatic Art (NIDA) CATE BLANCHETT (Annie Wilson) has worked extensively
in theater. She is a member of Company B, a loose ensemble of actors including
Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones and Richard Roxburgh based at Belvoir St. under the
direction of Neil Armfield. Her roles included Miranda ("The
Tempest"), Ophelia ("Hamlet," for which she was nominated for a
Green Room Award), Nina ("The Seagull") and Rose ("The Blind
Giant is Dancing").
For the Sydney Theater Company (STC), she has appeared in Caryl Churchill's
"Top Girls," David Mamet's "Oleanna" (for which she was
awarded The Sydney Theater Critics Award for Best Actress), Michael Gow's
"Sweet Phoebe" (also for the Croyden Wearhouse, London) and Timothy
Daly's "Kafka Dances" (also for the Griffin Theatre Company), for
which she received the Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer.
For the Almeida Theater in 1999, Blanchett played Susan Traherne in David
Hare's "Plenty" on London's West End.
Her television credits include lead roles in "Bordertown" and
"Heartland," both for the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Her film roles include Susan McCarthy in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road;
Lizzie in Thank God He Met Lizzie, an anti-romantic comedy directed by
Cherie Nowlan for which Blanchett was awarded both the Australian Film Institute
(AFI) and the Sydney Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress; and
Lucinda in Oscar and Lucinda, opposite Ralph Fiennes and directed by
Gillian Armstrong, a role that earned her an AFI nomination for Best Actress.
In 1998, Blanchett portrayed Queen Elizabeth I in the critically acclaimed Elizabeth,
directed by Shekhar Kapur, for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best
Actress in a Drama and a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also
earned Best Actress Awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the London
Film Critics Association, the On-line Film Critics, the Variety Critics and the
UK Empire Award. She also received a Best Actress nomination from the Screen
Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
In 1999, Blanchett appeared in Pushing Tin with John Cusack, a black
comedy about air traffic controllers directed by Mike Newell; An Ideal
Husband, directed by Oliver Parker; and The Talented Mr. Ripley,
directed by Anthony Minghella, for which she received a BAFTA nomination for
Best Supporting Actress.
Blanchett will next be seen starring in Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried,
which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Also, Blanchett plays Galadriel,
Queen of the Elves, in Peter Jackson's much anticipated Lord of the Rings
trilogy, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy novels.
The actress recently wrapped production on Heaven, opposite Giovanni
Ribisi and directed by Tom Tykwer. She is currently in production on Bandits,
with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, directed by Barry Levinson. In 2001,
Blanchett will play the title role in Charlotte Gray, directed by Gillian
Armstrong and based on Sebastian Faulks' bestselling novel.
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