Birth Name: Catherine Elise Blanchett
Birth Place: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/14/1969, Taurus
Born in 1969 in Melborne, Australia, Cate Blanchett studied at Australia’s National Insittute for Dramatic Art. She graduated in 1992. Her first film debut was in 1997’s Paradise Road. She’s gone on to star in a number of well-received films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Aviator, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and two films about Queen Elizabeth in which Blanchett holds the title role.
She also lands her first major role opposite Ralph Fiennes in Gillian Armstrong’s Oscar and Lucinda. The film’s trailer, which features Blanchett as a 19th century gambling heiress, grabs the attention of director Shekhar Kapur, who fights to cast the unknown actress in his Queen Elizabeth I biopic.
Blanchett received rave reviews for her turn as the real-life crusading Irish journalist whose life is endangered by criminal elements when she pursues her mob investigation too far in “Veronica Geurin” (2003). In 2004, she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her dual performance as “herself” and a jealous relative in Jim Jarmousch’s anthological riff, “Coffee & Cigarettes.” Blanchett – who Leonardo DiCaprio referred to as “the female Daniel Day-Lewis” for her chameleon-like qualities – tackled two wildly different roles in 2004. Blanchett returned to her home country of Australia to film Little Fish (2005), playing a recovering junkie in Sydney’s Little Saigon area. Cate received further critical praise for her gritty and highly realistic performance. Along with Little Fish, 2005 saw the release of Stories of Lost Souls. The segment, directed by Andrew Upton and filmed back in 1999, is called Bangers and sees Cate in the role of Julie-Anne.
Blanchett also agreed to join the cast of the David Fincher-directed fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — a critically acclaimed hit of 2008 — before moving on to play a nefarious baddie in the unique thriller Hanna in 2012. Soon, the actress was reprising the role of elvin queen Galadriel for the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.
One of three children (she has an older brother, Bob, and a younger sister Genevive), Cate was raised by her mother following her father’s death from a heart attack when she was 10. She has described her childhood as normal, while seeing herself as “part extrovert, part wallflower”.