Biography

A luminous Aussie actress able to embody markedly disparate characters, Blanchett made her mark in her homeland as a formidable leading lady on stage at the Sydney Theatre Company. In 1998, with only a handful of films on her résumé, she captivated art-house aficionados as the title character in Elizabeth. Portraying the Virgin Queen's tumultuous ascendancy to the throne, Blanchett was a revelation, capturing the monarch's passion and intelligence, and earning her first Oscar nod. Blanchett showed her range in her subsequent roles, quickly proving she was equally believable as quirky, contemporary-era gals, such as the nasal-voiced spouse of an air-traffic controller (Pushing Tin), and a troubled Southern psychic (The Gift). Drawing again on her regal bearing, Blanchett lent her considerable poise to the small but memorably imposing part of Elfin royal Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then, in 2004, she took home an Oscar for channeling Hollywood royalty in her portrayal of Academy Award-winning actress Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator. In 2007, Blanchett became only the 11th performer to receive both supporting and leading category Oscar nominations in the same year, for her roles in I'm Not There and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. She continued to appear in high-profile films, starring alongside Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Russell Crowe in Robin Hood (2010) before winning her second Academy Award, this time for Best Actress, for her work in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013). She also reprised her role of Galadriel in The Hobbit trilogy. In 2015, she nabbed her seventh Oscar nomination for Carol.

Fast Facts

  • Went into acting after a trip to Egypt, where she was spotted and asked to be an extra in a boxing film.
  • Firstborn son, Dashiell, was named after crime novelist Dashiell Hammett.
  • Fainted while being fitted for a prosthetic belly to play a pregnant journalist in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and learned a few weeks later that she was pregnant with her second son.
  • Brought one of Katharine Hepburn's white-silk evening gloves to the 77th annual Academy Awards ceremony for good luck--it paid off with a win for her role as Hepburn in The Aviator.
  • Was the fifth performer (and first female) to be nominated for an Academy Award for playing the same role in two separate movies: Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).
  • Played Blanche DuBois, opposite Joel Edgerton's Stanley Kowalski, in the 2009 Sydney Theatre Company's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, which was directed by Liv Ullmann.
  • Is an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Awards

  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1998, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1997, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Winner
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2008, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 2007, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2005, Australian Film Institute Awards — Readers' Choice Award: Winner
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Lead Actress: Winner
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner
  • 2015, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
  • 2008, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Winner
  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
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  • 2006, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
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  • 2008, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actress: Winner
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1999, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Edith Vivian Patricia Upton — Daughter
  • Bob Blanchett — Brother
  • Andrew Upton — Husband
  • Roman Robert Upton — Son
  • Genevieve Blanchett — Sister
  • June Blanchett — Mother
  • Dashiell John Upton — Son
  • Robert Blanchett — Father
  • Ignatius Martin Upton — Son

College

  • Attended Melbourne University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia (1992)