Cate Blanchett is a renowned Australian actress, theatre director, producer, and UN ambassador. She began her career in Australian theatre before moving on to the big screen. She is best known for her award-winning work in films such as Elizabeth, The Flyer, The Lord of the Rings and The Strange Case of Benjamin Button.
The Oscar-winning role of the Australian in the 2015 Katharine Hepburn biography made her the first person to win an Oscar for her portrayal of another Oscar-winning actress. She has also received a BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her performance.
A busy 2017 year ensured that Blanchett made it back into the top ranks of Hollywood earners, as she was the 8th highest-paid actress according to the Forbes annual list for 2017.
To crown her vociferous career success in Hollywood, the Oscar-winning actress was named the 2014 Global Goodwill Ambassador of the UNHCR, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees. In this capacity, Blanchett spoke at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The Hollywood heavyweight was also honored for her efforts in the field of human rights with the Forum’s annual Crystal Awards alongside Sir Elton John and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.
Cate Blanchett Bio – Age
Catherine Élise Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in Ivanhoe, a suburb of Melbourne, the daughter of an American father and an Australian mother. Cate is of English descent, with remote French and Scottish origins. She has 2 siblings, an older brother Bob and a younger sister Genevieve.
Cate’s father Robert DeWitt Blanchett Jr. was a Petty Officer in the US Navy. After his retirement, he also worked as an executive in the advertising industry. He died in 1979 when Cate was only 10 years old. Her mother June Blanchett (née Gamble), worked as a teacher and real estate developer.
Blanchett grew up in the suburb of Eaglemont, part of the Melbourne metropolitan area. She received her earliest education at the Ivanhoe East Primary School. She began her secondary education at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School and completed it at Methodist Ladies’ College. During her secondary schooling, she developed a passion for the performing arts.
She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia in 1992. After graduation, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company in the production of Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls”. In her debut film Police Rescue, she played the leading role of Vivian: The Movie, which was released in 1994.
She is best known for her role of Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 film Elizabeth I, as Katharine Hepburn in the 2004 film The Aviator, as Sheba Hart in the 2006 film Notes on a Scandal, as Jude Quinn (Bob Dylan) in the 2007 film I’m Not There and as Jeanette “Jasmine” Francis in the 2013 film Blue Jasmine.
Blanchett has a sure hand for portraying real characters, as 4 of her 6 Oscar nominations are for portraying real people (Queen Elizabeth I, Katharine Hepburn and Bob Dylan). She even received 2 Oscar nominations for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in 2 separate films.
In 2008 Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There (2007) at the 80th Academy Awards, making her one of only 11 actors to receive Academy Award nominations in two acting categories in the same year.
Cate Blanchett manifested her chameleon-like side in a way never before seen in the 2015 multi-screen film installation Manifesto. In Manifesto, the two-time Oscar-winning actress played 13 completely different characters, each of whom delivers a popular manifesto.
In 2017 Blanchett appeared as Hela in the blockbuster film Thor: Ragnarok. It is not certain that this all-round diva will slow down as she is billed in 2018 for the star-studded sequel Ocean’s 11 – Ocean’s 8.
Her Husband and Children
Cate Blanchett is currently married to the Australian playwright and director Andrew Upton. The couple met on the set of a television show in 1996. The wedding took place on 29 December 1997 in the “Blue Mountains” National Park in New South Wales. However, there are no photos of the ceremony, not even one. According to Blanchett, they could not afford a photographer at the time, although she was already a working actress.
Well, even though they were too broke to take pictures at their wedding, Kate and Andrew Upton kept the fire burning. They are excellent proof that Hollywood marriages can stand the test of time. In addition to their longevity, Blanchett’s marriage produced four children.
The Oscar-winning Australian actress had her first child on December 3, 2001. A son named Dashiell John Upton, after her husband’s favorite author Dashiell Hammett. She had another son named Roman Robert Upton on April 23, 2004. She was unaware that she was pregnant with her son Roman when she played the role of a pregnant journalist in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
At the age of 38 years, Blanchett received on April 13th, 2008 a third son named Ignatius Martin Upton. According to the always busy actress, she was also pregnant with her son Ignatius when she finished the shooting of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
On March 6, 2015, Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton adopted a daughter named Edith Vivian Patricia Upton.
Height, Feet and Body Measurements
The Australian-born beauty is 5 ft 8 inches tall and weighs 130 lbs. Her body stats are 34-24-35 inches, and for a mother of 3 children, that is quite an enviable figure.
Her feet/shoes are size 9 (US) or size 7 (UK). Cate Blanchett has beautiful blue eyes, and her natural blonde hair is one of her trademarks.
Cate Blanchett’s Net Worth
As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, Cate Blanchett has amassed a considerable fortune in her career spanning over two decades. The two-time Oscar-winning actress has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
Blanchett, who most recently made the top paid actress list in 2009, has returned to the top 10 earner’s list as she was the 8th highest-paid actress of the year in 2017. According to Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2017, Blanchett has made a huge financial profit of $12 million.