Catherine Élise Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969. A trained theatre actress, she has gained critical acclaim in a stellar movie career appearing alongside Geoffrey Rush, Brad Pitt and Judi Dench and working with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Peter Jackson. Gifted, talented and unassuming, Cate is an Australian and though she moved to England for a few years, she returned to set up home in her native Australia, selecting a property in Sydney as a new family home for herself, husband Andrew Upton and their children.
The middle of three siblings, she is the eldest daughter of June and Robert Blanchett. Cate has an older brother, Bob, and a younger sister Genevive. Her father died when Cate was aged ten and her mother was left to raise the three children. Blanchett attended the Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne and continued to Melbourne University before taking time out to travel. On her return to the country, she studied at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art. From here a starting career in theatre followed after her graduation in 1992.
It was not long before she was working with some of the most recognised names in the industry and Cate’s biggest break was in 1998 with her title role in the movie Elizabeth, a biographical film about Queen Elizabeth I, with support from Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes and Richard Attenborough. Almost a decade later, Blanchett reprised the role for the sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Again, directed by Shekhar Kapur, written by Michael Hirst and co-starring Geoffrey Rush, the supporting cast differed. Some of the new cast included Clive Owen and Rhys Ifans. Although the first movie earned Cate the most awards, the sequel also earned her several nominations.
Over the next few years, Cate Blanchett was part of the ensemble cast in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. She played Galadriel, an elf. Although her role was not one of the main stars, being part of the movie adaptation of Tolkien’s work meant that it drew Cate additional fans. She is also scheduled to appear in the prequel to these movies in The Hobbit, a two-part planned for release in 2012 and 2013. Her reprisal of the role of Galadriel was one of the first few cast announcements, made in December 2010, which made this confirmation one of the first in terms of the definite cast to have been signed for the movies.
Throughout her film presence, she has also maintained ongoing theatre credits. Between 2004 and 2010 Blanchett appeared in four stage productions with the Sydney Theatre Company. She has an endearing appeal to audiences of all ages and her graceful beauty is evident in almost all productions. Following the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the confirmation of Cate’s announcement for The Hobbit, Peter Jackson spoke fondly of her and said “Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with”. Having found no media backlash, Cate’s life away from the spotlight is rarely discussed and probably adds to her ongoing success.