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Catherine Elise "Cate" Blanchett, AC (born May 16, 1969) is a prominent Australian actress and theater director who portrays the Elf lady Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.


Early life

Blanchett was born in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe. Her mother, June (née Gamble), was an Australian property developer and teacher, and her father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., was a Texas native who was a US Navy Petty Officer and later worked as an advertising executive. The two met while Blanchett's father's ship, USS Arneb, was in Melbourne. When Blanchett was ten, she lost her father to a heart attack. She has two siblings; her older brother, Bob, is a computer systems engineer, and her younger sister, Genevieve, worked as a theatrical designer. In 1997, Blanchett married screenwriter Andrew Upton.

Shortly thereafter, she was selected to play Galadriel in all three of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, and acted her scenes within a month.


Blanchett had begun her stage career in 1992 in Sydney, Australia, and made her film debut in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road five years later.

She is most famous for portraying Galadriel, Lady of Lothlórien, in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001 - 2003), but is also known for roles elsewhere such as in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (1998) as Queen Elizabeth I, The Aviator (2004) as actress Katharine Hepburn, and the 2015 film Cinderella as Cinderella's stepmother. She won two Academy Awards in 2005 and 2014, for roles in The Aviator and Blue Jasmine, and has received over a hundred other film awards.

She reprised her role as Galadriel again for The Hobbit film trilogy.

Blanchett's other films include Babel (2006), Notes on a Scandal (2006), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

In 2018, she was among the highest paid actresses globally.[1]


  • She appeared in the 2018 film Ocean's 8, which also featured Richard Armitage.


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