CATE BLANCHETT (Valka) 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 starred as Jasmine in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," for which she
won the 2014 Best Actress Academy Award. She also earned the best actress awards
at the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards.
In 2004, Blanchett won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, BAFTA Award
and Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin
Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator." She was also nominated for a
Golden Globe Award. In 2008, Blanchett was nominated as Best Actress for
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and as Best Supporting Actress for "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 Screen
Actors Guild Award 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.
Blanchett earned her first Oscar nomination and won BAFTA, Golden Globe Award
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
Awardâ„˘ nominations for her performance in "Notes on a Scandal." Additionally,
Blanchett has earned Best Actress Golden Globe nominations 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."
In February 2014, Blanchett appeared in "The Monuments Men," directed by
George Clooney. Blanchett recently wrapped production in London on Disney's
live-action "Cinderella." She has also completed production on two untitled
Terrence Malick films with pending release dates. Blanchett is currently in
production on Todd Haynes' film "Carol," based on the Patrica Highsmith novel
"The Price of Salt."
Blanchett originated the role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of
the Rings" trilogy and reprised her role in the recent "The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey." Additional 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,"
earning an Independent Spirit Award nomination; Ron Howard's "The Missing";
Gillian Armstrong's "Charlotte Gray"; Lasse HallstrĂ¶m'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"; "Thank God He Met Lizzie," for which she won
both the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) and the Sydney
Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress; and Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar
and Lucinda," for which she also earned a Best Actress AFI nomination.
Blanchett has worked extensively on the stage in Australia and abroad.
Blanchett's roles on stage include Hedda Gabler, for which she won the Ibsen
Centennial Award, Helpmann Award and the MO Award for Best Actress; Richard II
in the celebrated STC production of The War of the Roses; Blanche Du Bois in
Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, which traveled to much acclaim
from Sydney to Washington and New York (her performance was considered the
'performance of the year' by the New York Times) and for which she received the
Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production; Yelena
in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton, which
toured to Washington in 2011 and New York in 2012 to great critical acclaim and
for which she received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play and
the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production; and
Lotte in Botho Strauss' Gross und Klein, which toured extensively throughout
Europe in 2012 and was part of the London Cultural Olympiad, and for which she
received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play. Blanchett is
currently performing opposite Isabelle Huppert in STC's production of Jean
Genet's The Maids, directed by Benedict Andrews and co-adapted by Andrew Upton
and Benedict Andrews.
Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian
Society through Acting and in 2007 she was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most
Influential People. In 2012, she was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts
et des lettres by the French Minister for Culture, in recognition of her
significant contributions to the arts. 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
Blanchett resides in Sydney with her husband and their three children.