Woman Blanchett, Catherine (Cate) Elise

Actor and Theatre Director

Written by Caitlin Stone, The University of Melbourne

Cate Blanchett was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1969. She was educated at Methodist Ladies' College and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), graduating in 1992.

Her first major stage role was in 1993 in Oleanna for which she won the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award. Her other acting achievements include: British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards for Best Actress in Elizabeth (1999) and The Aviator (2005); Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in The Aviator (2005); and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in I'm Not There (2008). In 2001, she received the Centenary Medal for 'service to Australian society through acting'.

In 2008, Blanchett became Co-Artistic Director (with her husband Andrew Upton) of the Sydney Theatre Company. The same year, she was the only woman appointed to the steering committee for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 'Australia 2020 Summit'.

Cate Blanchett has regularly used her high profile to draw attention to social and political issues. She has been particularly active in environmental campaigns. In 2006, she joined former US Vice-President Al Gore's 'Climate Project'. In 2007, she was the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation campaign 'Who On Earth Cares' aimed at encouraging Australians to lobby politicians on environmental matters. She was one of a number of prominent Australians who appeared in a television advertisement supporting the 'carbon tax'. In 2012, she was made an honorary life member of the Australian Conservation Foundation in recognition of her support for environmental issues.

Published Resources

Magazine Articles

  • Congratulations Cate: Cate Blanchett has been Awarded ACF Honorary Life Membership as a Leading Environmental Ambassador, Habitat Australia, vol. 40, January 2012, 28 pp. Details
  • Dabscheck, Lisa, Double Act, The Sydney Magazine (Sydney Morning Herald), 28 August 2008, 40 pp. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Coorey, Phillip, '"I want to be able to look my children in the face"', The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 2011, p. 1. Details
  • Grattan, Michelle, Topsfield, Jewel and Hammer, Chris, 'Blanchett in Star Role for Talkfest', The Age, 26 February 2008, p. 1. Details

Online Resources

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