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Since graduating from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), CATE BLANCHETT (Marion) 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 Street under the direction of Neil Armfield. Her roles included Miranda (in The Tempest), Ophelia (in Hamlet, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award), Nina (in The Seagull) and Rose (in The Blind Giant Is Dancing).

For the Sydney Theatre Company (STC), she appeared in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, David Mamet's Oleanna (for which she was awarded the Sydney Theatre 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).

At the Almeida Theatre on London's West End in 1999, Blanchett played Susan Traherne in David Hare's Plenty.

Her television credits include lead roles in Bordertown and Heartland, both for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Her film roles include Susan Macarthy in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road; Lizzie in Thank God He Met Lizzie, an antiromantic 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 Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, as well as Best Actress awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the London Critics' Circle, the Toronto Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics Society, the Variety Critics and the U.K. Empire Awards. 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 with John Cusack in Pushing Tin, 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 Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Blanchett 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 she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review and the Florida Film Critics Circle.

In 200l, Blanchett appeared with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton in Bandits, directed by Barry Levinson, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Blanchett also appeared alongside Kevin Spacey in The Shipping News, directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by 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. 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: 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 the final installment, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In 2002, Blanchett was also seen in the title role in Charlotte Gray, directed by Gillian Armstrong and based on Sebastian Faulks' bestselling novel. Blanchett also appeared opposite Giovanni Ribisi in Heaven, directed by Tom Tykwer, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where the film was awarded the Golden Berlin Bear Award.

In 2003, Blanchett was seen in Veronica Guerin, the fact-based story of the Irish journalist who was slain in her homeland in 1996 by drug dealers, directed by Joel Schumacher. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama and a nomination from the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Actress. In the same year, she also starred in The Missing, opposite Tommy Lee Jones, for director Ron Howard.

In early 2004, Blanchett appeared in the United Artists film Coffee and Cigarettes, for director Jim Jarmusch, in which she played two roles—herself and her cousin. Her performances earned her a Best Supporting Female nomination for the 2005 Film 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 the Australian Film Institute named her Best Actress.

Blanchett received an Academy Award® for her portrayal of Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese. She was also honored with a BAFTA and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in the 2004 release. Additionally, she was recognized by several critics organizations and received a nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

In 2006, Blanchett was seen opposite Brad Pitt in Babel, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film received a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award® and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Blanchett was also seen co-starring with George Clooney in The Good German, directed by Steven Soderbergh. For her role opposite Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal, Blanchett received nominations for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award®.

Also in 2006, Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, were named co-directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.

In 2007, Blanchett reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Universal Pictures' Elizabeth: The Golden Age, directed by Shekhar Kapur. She was recognized with several Best Actress award nominations by organizations including the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®. Blanchett is one of only five actors in the history of the Oscars® to receive a nomination for portraying the same role in two different films. In the same year, 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, she received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and nominations by the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®. She was also recognized with the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

In 2008, Blanchett was seen alongside Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf in the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, directed by Steven Spielberg. Shortly thereafter, Blanchett starred as Daisy in Paramount Pictures'Academy Award®-nominated film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, directed by David Fincher. The film, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, tells the life story of a man, portrayed by Brad Pitt, who is born as an elderly man and ages in reverse.

For a three-month run in late 2009, Blanchett performed on-stage as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Sydney Theatre Company production, directed by Liv Ullman, was first staged in September in Sydney before playing to sold-out audiences in the United States.

This spring, Blanchett will begin production on Hanna, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana. Focus Features will release the Joe Wright-directed thriller in 2011.


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