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Since graduating from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), CATE BLANCHETT (Queen Elizabeth I) has worked extensively in the theater, significantly with Company B, a loose ensemble of actors (including Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones and Richard Roxburgh) based at Belvoir Street, under the direction of Neil Armfield. Her roles have 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 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 Warehouse, 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 Theatre in 1999, Cate 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 Macarthy in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road; Lizzie in Thank God He Met Lizzie, an anti-romantic comedy directed by Cherie Nowlan, for which Cate 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, Cate 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 Circle, the Toronto Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics, Variety Critics and the U.K. Empire Award. She also received a Best Actress nomination from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 1999, Cate 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. Cate also starred in The Gift, directed by Sam Raimi, and in Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and for which Cate was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review and the Florida Film Critics Circle.

In 200l, Cate appeared in Bandits with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, directed by Barry Levinson, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Cate has also appeared in The Shipping News, alongside Kevin Spacey and directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by E. Annie Proulx. She was also seen as Galadriel, Queen of the Elves, in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels. Cate was honored by the National Board of Review as the 2001 Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding supporting performances in Bandits, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Shipping News. She reprised her role as Galadriel in 2002 for the second installment of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and again in 2003 in the final installment, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In 2002, Cate was also seen in the title role of Charlotte Gray, directed by Gillian Armstrong and based on Sebast

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