Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, artistic director, humanitarian, and dedicated member of the arts community.
Blanchett plays the titular role and executive produces Todd Field’s highly anticipated feature film “TÁR,” which marks the writer-director-producer’s first film in over 15 years. The film was warmly welcomed at the Telluride Film Festival and Venice International Film Festival, where Blanchett was awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress for her second time since I’m Not There.
Blanchett will next be seen in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film, “PINOCCHIO” as the voice of the monkey, Spazzatura, and most recently appeared in the mockumentary hit series “Documentary Now!” She will also begin production in Australia on Warwick Thornton’s “The New Boy,” in which she stars and produces via the production company Dirty Films. She most recently wrapped production on “Disclaimer,” directed by Alfonso Cuaron, in which she also stars and executive produces. In 2021, Blanchett appeared in Adam McKay’s smash hit, Don’t Look Up, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.
Blanchett is also the co-Founder and Principal of film and television production company Dirty Films, alongside her partners Andrew Upton and Coco Francini. Dirty Films most recently produced the highly acclaimed Mrs. America for FX and Hulu, as well as the Netflix limited series “Stateless,” which received a record breaking 18 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) nominations, winning 13. The production banner also executive produced Christos Nikou’s Apples, which was named one of the year’s best International Films by the National Board of Review in 2020. Other credits include Truth, Carol, Little Fish, The Turning, and wide-reaching podcast, “The Climate of Change.” Upcoming film projects include: Fingernails with Director Christos Nikou; Queen Bitch and the High Horse with Directors Bert and Bertie; The Champions with director Ben Stiller; and Lucia Berlin’s celebrated A Manual for Cleaning Women. Dirty Films has a first look deal with FX Productions for television projects, and with New Republic Pictures for feature films.
In 2015, she appeared in the title role of Carol, which she produced with Dirty Films and was directed by Todd Haynes. She received an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and SAG nomination for her performance. The same year, she appeared as Mary Mapes in Truth opposite Robert Redford. Blanchett has won Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performance as Jasmine in Blue Jasmine, and Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. In 2008, Blanchett was nominated for two Academy Awards; one for Best Actress in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and one for Best Supporting Actress in I’m Not There. She was only the fifth actor in Academy history to be nominated in both acting categories in the same year. She also received dual SAG and BAFTA Award nominations for each role, and won a Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, numerous critics groups’ awards.
Blanchett’s film credits include (in no particular order): Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel; Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Sam Raimi’s The Gift; Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, Barry Levinson’s Bandits; Sally Potter’s The Man Who Cried; David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley; Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Steven Soderbergh’s The Good German; Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies; Gillian Armstrong’s Charlotte Gray and Oscar and Lucinda; Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood; as well as Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
She has collaborated with Julian Rosefeldt on his visual art films and installations, Manifesto and Euphoria; Marco Brambilla’s The Four Temperaments; a video portrait of herself with David Rosetzky; and Nathan Coley’s architectural exhibit at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Between 2008-2013, Blanchett served alongside Upton as the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of the Sydney Theatre Company, creating between 19 and 20 shows a year, which toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. Their most notable productions include; Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Liv Ullman; Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya directed by Tamas Ascher; Steven Soderbergh’s Tot Mom; Benedict Andrew’s highly acclaimed productions of the War of the Roses, The Maids, Gross Und Klein, and the seminal adaptation of The Secret River by Neil Armfield, which has since inspired the title-sharing ABC television series; Andrew Upton’s The Present, directed by John Crowley for which Blanchett earned a Tony Award nomination. Whilst at the company, Blanchett directed productions of David Harrower’s Blackbird and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. Recently, Blanchett has appeared on stage in the controversial adaptation of Martin Crimp’s National Theatre production When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, directed by Katie Mitchell.
In 2010, Blanchett and Upton were awarded with the Green Globe Award for their Green Contribution at the Sydney Theatre Company, becoming one of the World’s Greenest Arts Organizations.
Blanchett is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and a lifetime member of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a strong supporter of the Actors Benevolent Fund, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, an AFI Ambassador and Patron of the Sydney Film Festival and the NIDA Foundation.
Blanchett holds a BFI Fellowship from the BFI London Film Festival and was awarded the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award for expanding the roles of women in film; the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018 for her work with UNHCR and has received the 2018 Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film. She has been awarded the Centenary Medal of Service to Australian Society through Acting and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2018, Blanchett served as Jury President of the 71st Cannes International Film Festival and she was the Jury President of the 77th Venice International Film Festival in 2020.
Blanchett, a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, and Macquarie University. In recognition of her continued advocacy for the arts and her support of humanitarian and environmental causes, Blanchett has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division; she was also awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. She lives in the United Kingdom with her husband Andrew Upton, their four children, three dogs, twelve chickens and two pigs.