Catherine Elise "Cate" Blanchett, AC (born May 16, 1969) is a prominent Australian actress and theater director who portrays Galadriel in Peter Jackson's films.


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 and received her Bachelor of Design in Architecture in April 2008.

She finished filming Galadriel's scenes within a month during The Lord of the Rings production.


Blanchett is famous for portraying the Elf lady Galadriel in Peter Jackson's the The Lord of the Rings movies, but is also known for roles elsewhere such as in Elizabeth: The Golden Age as Queen Elizabeth I, The Aviator as Katharine Hepburn, and the 2015 film Cinderella as the 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.

Blanchett's other films include Babel (2006), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and Thor: Ragnarok (2017). Blanchett collaborated with director Peter Jackson again for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2012).


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