Creator / Cate Blanchett

"Do I think Cate Blanchett is the most spectacular creature that ever walked the planet? Yes, I do."

Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett (born May 14th 1969 in Melbourne) is an award-winning Australian actress and theatre director who burst onto the international stage in 1998 in an Oscar-nominated performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth.

Her most high-profile role since has been that of the Elven queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit trilogy, its eventual prequel), but she has also played an interpretation of 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 her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the only actor in history to win an Oscar for playing another real-life Oscar winner), Sheba Hart in Notes on a Scandal with Judi Dench, the completely awesome Lady Marion Loxley in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, Colonel-Doctor Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Lady Tremaine in the live-action version of Cinderella, and Jasmine French in Blue Jasmine, for which she won her second Academy Award.

She is known for her hugely charismatic screen presence, smoky voice, ridiculous cheekbones, 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." She is also one of the most profitable actresses in Hollywood, her movies having grossed over $10 billion at the international box office to date.

Notable Roles (in chronological order):

Work Associated Tropes (see the Trivia page for personal tropes):

  • The Cameo In Hot Fuzz — not only uncredited but also masked.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her famously low, smoky voice comes in very handy for playing powerful, badass characters.
  • The Fashionista: She is constantly being named in the media as one of the most stylish women in the world in Real Life (she is currently the face of Armani Si perfume) and a few of her characters could definitely be called fashionistas too, notably Jasmine French in Blue Jasmine and Lady Tremaine in Cinderella.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has somewhat of a reputation for playing noble, heroic and elegant blonde women. In fact, the only time she has played overtly villainous characters on film, they have either been brunette or red haired.
  • The High Queen: Her roles as Elizabeth I and Galadriel. People tend to see her as this off screen as well (her fans affectionately refer to her as 'Queen Cate' and 'Cate The Great') despite her many and varied roles and tendency to drop F-bombs in interviews.
  • Large Ham: Gleefully so, when the role calls for it. When she gets hungry for scenery, look out.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Usually averted as she rarely does nude or particularly revealing scenes, but played straight in The Man Who Cried where she plays a beautiful Russian dancer and spends a lot of her scenes in various showgirl-style midriff and leg revealing outfits as well as incredibly form fitting evening gowns.
    • Played straight in a nontraditional fashion in the 'glamorous and queenly' way.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: No, her name is not pronounced "Blanchette". Stop it. It's just "Blanch-ett".
  • Oscar Bait: One of the most awards laden living film actresses, she has seven Oscar nominations and two wins to date.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's almost 50. Yes, really.
  • Pretty in Mink: She's played several glamorous ladies who've worn luxurious furs, from the ermine cape in Elizabeth to the mink coats in The Aviator and Carol.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Although she normally wears her hair just below her shoulders or shorter, three of her most famous roles (Galadriel, Queen Elizabeth, and Lady Marion Loxley) also have her with hair worn well past her waist. Interestingly, she is a blonde as Galadriel, a brunette as Marion and a redhead as Elizabeth.
  • Shakespearian Actor: Not with the RSC but she has the classical background training at Australia's NIDA (National Institute for Dramatic Art) and, yes, did Shakespeare, including Miranda (The Tempest) and Ophelia (Hamlet) - and also the "redoubtable acting skillz."
  • Spirited Young Lady: Cate played this type of role a lot in her earlier career, Lucinda Leplastrier in Oscar and Lucinda, Elizabeth I in Elizabeth, the title character in Charlotte Gray, her interpretation of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator and Daisy Fuller in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button being notable examples.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is 5'9 and towers over many of her co-stars, especially when she is wearing heels.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Her role as Bob Dylan in I'm Not There created rather a few drag-king fetishes.
  • Uncanny Valley: This is done In-Universe with her portrayal of Galadriel through a combination of visual effects (a special spotlight that gave her dozens of points of eye shine compared to the single points of everyone else) and her actual performance. Whenever on camera something seems just off about Galadriel, and for good reason: she's the only Elf in the film who has been to Valinor, and literally lives in two worlds at once.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Hers tend to come in handy for her villain roles.