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CATE BLANCHETT (Claire Simone) served as the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company, alongside Andrew Upton from 2008-2013. She is a graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art and holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.

Blanchett won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, for which she also won BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and received a Golden Globe nomination. In 2008, Blanchett was nominated for two Oscars: for Best Actress for her performance in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, making her only the fifth actor in Academy history to be nominated in both acting categories in the same year. Additionally, she received dual SAG and BAFTA Award nominations, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively, for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I'm Not There. For the latter, she also won a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Award, several critics groups' awards, and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.

She earned her first Oscar nomination and won BAFTA, Golden Globe and London Film Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth. She also received Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in Notes on a Scandal. Additionally, Blanchett has earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for the title role in Joel Schumacher's Veronica Guerin and her work in Barry Levinson's Bandits, and, earlier, another BAFTA Award nomination for her performance in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Blanchett most recently starred in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and is reprising her role as Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. Blanchett originated the role of Galadriel in Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This year, Blanchett will also star in Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups with Natalie Portman and Christian Bale, and will voice the character Valka in the upcoming animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Blanchett's many other film credits include Joe Wright's Hanna; Ridley Scott's Robin Hood; David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Steven Soderbergh's The Good German; Babel; and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Among her other film credits are Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination; Ron Howard's The Missing; Gillian Armstrong's Charlotte Gray; Lasse Hallstrom's The Shipping News; Rowan Woods' Little Fish; Mike Newell's Pushing Tin; Oliver Parker's An Ideal Husband; Sam Raimi's The Gift; Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried; Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road; the romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie, for which she won both the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and the Sydney Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress; and Gillian Armstrong's Oscar and Lucinda opposite Ralph Fiennes, for which she also earned an AFI nomination for Best Actress.

Blanchett has worked extensively on the stage in Australia and abroad. For the past five years, she has been the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), alongside Andrew Upton. During this time, Blanchett performed "Richard II" in the celebrated STC production of "The Wars of The Roses;" Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," directed by Liv Ullmann, which traveled to much critical acclaim from Sydney to Washington D.C. and New York (she received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production for this role, and her performance was considered the 'Performance of the Year' by The New York Times); Yelena in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in a version adapted by Andrew Upton as part of STC's 2010 Main Stage season, which was also staged in Washington, DC and at New York City's Lincoln Center Festival in June 2012 (and for which she also won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress); and Lotte in Botto Strauss' "Gross und Klein," which toured extensively throughout Europe in 2012 following a 2011 Sydney season and was part of the London Cultural Olympiad. Her performance in "Gross und Klein" received much critical acclaim and won her the Helpmann Award for Best Actress and a nomination for Best Actress in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. In the summer of 2013, Blanchett co-starred with Isabelle Huppert in the Sydney Theatre Company's adaptation of Jean Genet's 1947 play, "The Maids," directed by Benedict Andrews and adapted by Andrew Upton.

Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting, and in 2007 she was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. She has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2008, Blanchett co-chaired the creative stream of the Prime Minister of Australia's National 2020 Summit. She is a patron of the Sydney Film Festival and an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Film Institute.

Blanchett resides in Sydney with her husband and three children.

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