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Since graduating from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art, CATE BLANCHETT (Gran Mamare) has worked extensively in the theater, including 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 include 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, 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 best newcomer. 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 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 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, the Toronto 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 and Sciences.

In 1999, Blanchett appeared in Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin,” Oliver Parker's "An Ideal Husband” and Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley,” for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Blanchett also starred in Sam Raimi's "The Gift,” and in Sally Potter's "The Man Who Cried,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and for which Blanchett was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review and the Florida Critics Circle.

In 200l, Blanchett appeared in Barry Levinson's "Bandits” with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Blanchett also appeared in Lasse Hallstrom's "The Shipping News,” alongside Kevin Spacey, based on the 1994 Pulitzer Prizewinning novel by Annie Proulx. Blanchett portrayed Galadriel, Queen of the Elves, in "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,” the first installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels. Blanchett 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: Fellowship of the Ring,” and "The Shipping News.” She reprised her role as Galadriel in 2002 for "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

In 2002, Blanchett was seen in the title role of Gillian Armstrong's "Charlotte Gray,” based on Sebastian Faulks' best-selling novel. Blanchett appeared opposite Giovanni Ribisi in Tom Tykwer's "Heaven,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was awarded the Golden Camera Award.

In 2003, Blanchett was seen in Joel Schumacher's "Veronica Guerin,” the fact-based story of the Irish journalist who was slain by drug dealers in 1996. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and a nomination by the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Actress. Blanchett starred in Columbia Pictures' 2003 thriller "The Missing,” opposite Tommy Lee Jones for director Ron Howard. In early 2004, Blanchett appeared in the film "Coffee & Cigarettes” for director Jim Jarmusch, portraying two roles opposite each other – herself and the role of her cousin. Her performances earned her a Best Supporting Female nomination for the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards.

In July 2004, Blanchett returned to the Sydney Theatre Company to play the title role in Andrew Upton's adaptation of "Hedda Gabler.” The play was a critical success earning her the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play. She also starred in her first Australian film in several years, "Little Fish,” directed by Rowan Woods, for which she was awarded Best Actress by the Australian Film Institute.

Blanchett received an Academy Award®, a BAFTA and a SAG Award® for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator.” Recognized by several critics' organizations, Blanchett also received a Golden Globe® nomination.

In 2006 Blanchett was seen in "Babel,” opposite Brad Pitt, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The film received a Golden Globe® and was nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award® and a SAG Ensemble Award®. Blanchett was also seen in "The Good German,” costarring with George Clooney, directed by Steven Soderbergh. She was nominated for Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Awards for "Notes on a Scandal,” opposite Judi Dench. Also in 2006, Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, were named codirectors of the Sydney Theatre Company. Their debut season began in 2009.

In 2007, Blanchett reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth in Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” She was recognized with several award nominations for Best Actress by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, SAG®, BAFTA and AMPAS. She is one of only five actors to be nominated for both portrayals of the same character in two different films. Also in 2007, Blanchett co-starred with Christian Bale, Richard Gere and Heath Ledger in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There,” for which she was awarded Best Actress at the Venice International Film Festival. Additionally, Blanchett received a Golden Globe Award® for Best Supporting Actress, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress and nominations by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, British Academy of Film, SAG and AMPAS. She was also recognized with the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Blanchett appeared alongside Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf in the fourth installment of the "Indiana Jones” franchise, directed by Steven Spielberg. Blanchett next starred opposite Brad Pitt in the Academy Award®-nominated film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” directed by David Fincher.

Blanchett recently wrapped production in England on Ridley Scott's telling of "The Robin Hood Adventure” starring opposite Russell Crowe.

This fall, Blanchett will perform on stage as Blanche Dubois in "A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 30-Nov. 21) and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Dec. 1-20). The Sydney Theatre Company production will be performed in September in Sydney before moving to the U.S.


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