I took a minor in theatre at university. So I’ve always enjoyed acting, actors, the stage, and film; and there are many fine actors. Brando, Jack Nicholson, Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, and Cate Blanchett. All have played such a broad range of character you almost, though having seen them numerous times, have no idea who they are because they are so diverse.

Here are a few of the faces of Cate Blanchett:

Elizabeth I, Dr. Irina Spalko, Galadriel, and Annie Wilson.

Catherine Élise “Cate” Blanchett was born in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe 14 May 1969. Her work has earned her several accolades, including an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTAs, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Blanchett has described herself as being “part extrovert, part wallflower” during childhood. She attended a primary school in Melbourne. For her secondary education she attended Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School and then Methodist Ladies’ College, from which she graduated. She studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne before leaving Australia to travel overseas.

Blanchett made her international film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II, in Bruce Beresford’s 1997 film Paradise Road.

Her first high-profile international role was as Elizabeth I of England in the 1998 movie Elizabeth, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She lost out though to Gwyneth Paltrow, but won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

Blanchett was exposed to a much broader audience when she appeared in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. She played the role of Galadriel in all three films. In 2006, she starred in Babel opposite Brad Pitt, The Good German with George Clooney and Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame Judi Dench. Blanchett received her third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the film.

In 2007, she won the Volpi Cup Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award for portraying one of six incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’ feature film I’m Not There and reprised her role as Elizabeth I in the sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

At the 80th Academy Awards Blanchett received two Academy Award nominations; Best Actress for Elizabeth: the Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There, becoming the eleventh actor to receive two acting nominations in the same year and the first female actor to receive another nomination for the reprisal of a role.

She next starred in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as the villainous KGB agent Col. Dr. Irina Spalko.

Blanchett’s husband is playwright and screenwriter, Andrew Upton, whom she met while she was performing in a production of The Seagull. They were married on 29 December 1997 and have three sons: Dashiell John, Roman Robert, and Ignatius Martin.


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