Cate Blanchett (1969 - present) is an award-winning Australian actress and stage director who burst onto the international stage in 1998 in an Oscar-nominated performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth.
Her highest-profile role since has been that of the elf queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, but she has also played Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, Daisy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a real-life Oscar winner), Sheba Hart in Notes on a Scandal with Judi Dench, the completely awesome
Maid Marian Lady Marion Loxley in Robin Hood (2010 film) and an oddly sexy Russian scientist.
She is known for her smoky voice and ethereal, almost elfin face as well as her tremendous talent and ability with accents. Meryl Streep has listed her as one of her favorite actresses currently working, and she has been called multiple times "the greatest actress of her generation."
- The Cameo: Hot Fuzz (not only uncredited but also masked).
- Dye Hard: She may well have gone through the entire spectrum of hair colours in her roles.
- Fake Brit: Very often plays English characters.
- Fake Russian: Averted by her role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Her accent was noted to be pretty accurate.
- Fiery Redhead
- The High Queen: Her roles as Elizabeth I and Galadriel pretty much embody the trope.
- Land Down Under
- One of Us
- Rapunzel Hair: Although she normally wears her hair short, three of her most famous roles (Galadriel, Queen Elizabeth, and Lady Marion Loxley) also have her with hair worn well past her waist.
- Shakespearean Actor: Not with the RSC but has the classical background training and, yes, did Shakespeare, including Miranda (The Tempest) and Ophelia (Hamlet) - and also the "redoubtable acting skillz."
- Slap Slap Kiss: Says Cate of hubby Andrew Upton:
Cate: He thought I was aloof and I thought he was arrogant.... but once he kissed me that was that.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: Her role as Bob Dylan in I'm Not There created rather a few drag-king fetishes.