THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE TWO TOWERS
Since graduating from
Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA),
CATE BLANCHETT has worked
extensively in the theater: with 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" â€“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 appeared in Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls," David
Mamet's "Oleanna" (awarded The Sydney Theater Critics award for Best
Actress), Michael Gow's "Sweet Phoebe" (also for the Croyden
Wearhouse, London) and Timothy Dalys "Kafka Dances" (also for The
Griffin Theatre Company) for which she received the Critics Circle award for
For the Almeida Theatre
in 1999, Blanchett played Susan Traheren 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 Macarthy in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road, Lizzie in Thank
God He Met Lizzie, an anti-romantic comedy directed by Cherie Nowlan for
which she 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 as well as
Best Actress Awards from The Chicago Film Critics Association, The London Film
Critics Association, On-line Film Critics, Variety Critics and 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 Mingella
for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She most
recently starred in The Gift, directed by Sam Raimi; Bandits with
Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, directed by Barry Levinson; and Sally
Potter's The Man Who Cried, which premiered at the Venice Film
In addition to The
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, for which she and the rest of
the principal cast were nominated for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a
Theatrical Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild, Blanchett has appeared in
the title role of Charlotte Gray, directed by Gillian Armstrong and based
on Sebastian Faulks' best-selling novel; Heaven, opposite Giovanni
Ribisi and directed by Tom Tykwer; and The Shipping News, co-starring
Kevin Spacey and directed by Lasse Hallstrom, which is based on the 1994
Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Annie Prou
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