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 most widely recognized for her award-winning work in such films as, Elizabeth, The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
The Australian’s Oscar-winning role in the 2015 Katharine Hepburn biopic made her the first person to win an Oscar for a portrayal of another Oscar winner. She also won a BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and SAG Award for that performance.
A busy 2017 ensured that Blanchett made it back to the top ranks of Hollywood earners as she was the 8th highest paid actress for 2017 according to the Forbes annual list.
To top off her loud career successes in Hollywood, the Academy Award-winning actress was appointed as a global Goodwill Ambassador of UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency in 2014. In that capacity, Blanchett spoke at the 2018 World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.
The Hollywood heavyweight was also honoured for her human rights efforts 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 May 14, 1969, in Ivanhoe, a suburb of Melbourne, to an American father and an Australian mother. Cate is of English descent, with a remote French and Scottish ancestry. She has 2 siblings, an older brother Bob and a younger sister Genevieve.
Cate’s father Robert DeWitt Blanchett Jr. was a United States Navy petty officer. After retiring, he also worked as an advertising executive. He died in 1979 when Cate was only 10. Her mother June Blanchett (née Gamble), worked as a teacher and a property developer.
Blanchett was raised in the suburb of Eaglemont, part of the Greater Melbourne area. Her early education was at Ivanhoe East Primary School. She began her secondary education at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School and completed it at Methodist Ladies’ College. She developed a passion for performing arts while in secondary school.
She graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992. Upon graduation, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls”. She starred as Vivian in her debut movie Police Rescue: The Movie released in 1994.
She is best known for playing Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 film Elizabeth, 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 sure has a knack for portraying real-life characters as 4 of her 6 Oscar nominations are for playing real people (Queen Elizabeth I, Katharine Hepburn and Bob Dylan). She even got 2 Oscar nominations for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in 2 separate movies.
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 chameleonic side in a never-seen-before fashion in the 2015 multi-screen film installation Manifesto. Manifesto featured the two-time Academy Award winner playing 13 wildly different characters, each of whom delivers a popular manifesto.
In 2017, Blanchett appeared as the character Hela in the blockbuster film Thor: Ragnarok. There is no sure slowing down for this all-around screen diva as she is billed for the 2018 star-studded all-female Ocean’s 11 sequel – Ocean’s 8.
Her Husband and Children
Cate Blanchett is currently married to Australian playwright and director Andrew Upton. The couple met in 1996 on the set of a TV show. They had their wedding at the National Park “Blue Mountains” in New South Wales, on December 29, 1997. However, there are no photos from the ceremony, not even one. According to Blanchett, they couldn’t afford a photographer then, even though she was already a working actress.
Well even though they were too broke to take pictures at their wedding, Kate and Andrew Upton have sure kept the fire burning. They are a sterling proof that Hollywood marriages can stand the test of time. In addition to its longevity, Blanchett’s marriage has produced 4 children.
The Oscar-winning Australian actress had her first child on December 3, 2001. A son named Dashiell John Upton, after her husband’s favourite author Dashiell Hammett. She had another son named Roman Robert Upton on April 23, 2004. She wasn’t aware that she was pregnant with her son Roman while playing the role of a pregnant journalist in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
At age 38, Blanchett welcomed a third son named Ignatius Martin Upton on April 13, 2008. According to the ever busy actress, she was also pregnant with her son Ignatius when she completed filming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
On March 6, 2015, Blanchett adopted a daughter named Edith Vivian Patricia Upton, with her husband Andrew Upton.
Height, Feet and Body Measurements
The Australian born beauty is 5 ft 8 inches in height and weighs 130 lbs. Her body statistics are 34-24-35 inches and for a mother of 3, that is quite an enviable figure.
Her feet/shoe is size 9 (US) or size 7 (UK). Cate Blanchett has gorgeous blue eyes and her natural blonde hair is one of her trademark features.
Cate Blanchett’s Net Worth
Being one of the most sought actresses in Hollywood, Cate Blanchett has amassed quite a sizeable fortune in her career of over two decades. The two-time Oscar-winning actress has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
Blanchett who last made the list of highest-paid actresses in 2009, has made her way back to the top 10 earners chart as she was the 8th highest paid actress of the year 2017. According to Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2017, Blanchett made a big financial gain of $12 million.