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

Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett, AC (born May 14th 1969 in Melbourne) is an award-winning Australian screen and stage actress, producer 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 Francis in Blue Jasmine, for which she won her second Academy Award, this time for Best Actress. She also played the first major female supervillain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.


She is known for her hugely charismatic screen presence, smoky voice, ridiculous cheekbones and generally queenly, ethereal nature as well as her considerable acting 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, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, the highest grossing actress of all time, her combined filmography having grossed over $10 billion at the international box office as of the beginning of 2018.


Notable Roles (in chronological order):

Tropes relating to Cate Blanchett:

  • Ability over Appearance: invoked In Thor: Ragnarok, Blanchett plays Hela, who is a 7'0" Statuesque Stunner in the comics. However, in Real Life, Blanchett is 5'9", but she was cast as Hela partly because she is talented enough to play the character despite the height difference, and partly because it (understandably) would have been VERY difficult to find an actress (or human being for that matter) of Hela's height in the comics. Costuming, camera angles and Cate playing the character larger than life made her come off quite a bit taller too. It also helps that by any realistic, reasonable human standard, Blanchett is a Statuesque Stunner anyway, just not as superhumanly tall as the character is supposed to be.
  • Acting for Two: invoked
    • In Coffee and Cigarettes, she plays herself and her (fictional) cousin Shelly, in conversation with each other.
    • In Manifesto she plays 13 different characters!
  • Actor Shipping: invoked Hoo boy, yes. Cate's large lesbian fanbase love shipping her with other actresses that she has noticeable chemistry with. It started with Rooney Mara after Carol, and was then taken Up to Eleven with Sandra Bullock (and Sarah Paulson to a lesser extent) after the release of Ocean's 8.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: invoked
    • The main reason she played Galadriel? She wanted to have pointy ears.
    • She also commented that one of the reasons she signed up to Thor: Ragnarok was to work with director Taika Waititi, of whom she is a big fan.
  • The Cameo In Hot Fuzz — not only uncredited but also masked.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: invoked As Granmammare in the English language dub of Ponyo, Penelope and Queen Elizabeth II in two separate episodes of Family Guy and Valka in the the second and third installment of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her famously low, smoky voice comes in very handy for playing powerful, badass characters.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father died of a heart attack when she was only ten years old, leaving Cate and her two siblings to be raised by her mother and maternal grandmother.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: invoked
    • She had her head shaved for real in a scene of the movie Heaven where her character did the same.
    • She also had her hairline raised and her eyebrows and eyelashes bleached to play Elizabeth I in Elizabeth and its sequel to encapsulate the fashion during the Elizabethan era.
  • Dye Hard: invoked She may well have gone through the entire spectrum of hair colours in her roles. She has joked that she can't even remember what her natural hair colour is.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: She attended NIDA with fellow Aussie actress Essie Davis. In fact, they were good friends and even shared an apartment in Sydney.
  • Fake American: invoked Many of her roles. Mildly subverted in that she does have American ancestry and holds dual citizenship (her father was from Texas), but was born and raised in Australia so still has to fake the accent.
  • Fake Brit: invoked Very often plays English characters and also played the Scottish Charlotte Gray in the film of the same name.
  • Fake Irish: invoked When she played the title role in Veronica Guerin.
  • Fake Russian: invoked In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Man Who Cried.
  • Fake Nationality: invoked She has also played the French Claire Simone in The Monuments Men, the German Lena Brandt in The Good German, and the Elvish Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
  • Fan Community Nickname: invoked Her fans commonly refer to themselves as 'Blanchetters'.
  • The Fashionista: She is regularly being named in the media as one of the most stylish women in the world in Real Life and is the international brand ambassador for Armani beauty and Sì fragrance, as well as being a noted muse of Giorgio Armani himself. A few of her characters could definitely be called fashionistas too, notably Jasmine French in Blue Jasmine, Lady Tremaine in Cinderella and Lou Miller in Ocean's 8.
  • Film Nerds:
    • invoked A self-confessed cinephile. She impressed Peter Travers when she listed off films in 2015 (even ones she hadn't appeared in) like a qualified critic, and he joked that she should have been hired instead of him.
    • invoked She also loves horror films, and is a fan of the Halloween series.
  • Fourth Date Marriage/Happily Married: Cate and her husband Andrew Upton (who is a screenwriter and playwright) got engaged after they'd only been dating for about three weeks. They've been married since 1997 and have four children together, proving that whirlwind romances do sometimes last.
  • 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.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: invoked Averted in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as her character Jane was also pregnant so she had no need to hide her real life pregnancy. Amusingly Cate didn't realise that she was pregnant herself until she was having her prosthetic baby bump modelled and fainted (half-naked) in the studio! Nearly played straight in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but mostly averted as she was only three months pregnant by the end of filming and wasn't yet showing.
  • 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.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: It got behind her big time after Elizabeth. Now nearly twenty years later, she's a two-time Oscar winner, top Box Office draw and widely one of the most respected actresses in the world.
  • Knight Fever: Was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2017.
  • Land Down Under: Almost a subversion. Despite being Aussie-born and bred, she's about as far from the stereotypical Australian as it is physically possible to get, except for her famously dry sense of humour.
  • Large Ham: Gleefully so, when the role calls for it. When she gets hungry for scenery, look out.
  • LGBT Fanbase: invoked Due to portraying a gay female in the incredibly popular lesbian romance Carol, along with her tendency to often portray very powerful, assertive, badass female characters and also often wear suits or other androgynous clothing in Real Life, she has amassed an increasingly huge lesbian fanbase, to the extent that she's often referred to as being 'Queen of the Lesbians' or 'Queen of the Gays' on social media.
  • Memetic Mutation: invoked
    • All will love her and despair!
    • Also, the 'Get You a Girl Who Can Do Both' thing really took off on social media when the Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer was released, often referenced as Hela being the result of Galadriel if she wore the ring.
    • When Cate snapped at the E! Entertainment camera for panning up and down her dress in 2014, often referenced by when she said, "Do you do that to the guys?"
  • Ms. Fanservice: Usually averted. As beautiful as she is, 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.
    • Also played straight in Thor: Ragnarok wherein she spends the entire movie wearing an outfit so tight that it leaves very little to the imagination and may as well be painted on her body.
    • Generally played straight in a nontraditional fashion in the more 'glamorous and queenly' way.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Her surname is "BLAN-chit", although that hasn't stopped people from pronouncing it "Blanchette", as if she was French.
  • 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 50 years old. Yes, really.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her professional name is Cate Blanchett and she is known exclusively as Cate both personally and professionally, which is actually a shortened version of her birth name, Catherine.
  • Playing Against Type: invoked
    • She plays the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella, quite a different turn from her heroic leading lady roles. Cate commented on people's reactions when she said she'd be in Cinderella — most of them looking at her curiously, assuming she meant she'd be Ella herself.
    • As the ruthless and destructive Big Bad Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • 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.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
  • Protagonist Title: She has starred in a fairly unusually high number of films where her character is (or is one of) the central protagonist(s) and the character's name is also in the title of the film. From earliest to most recent: Oscar and Lucinda, Elizabeth, Charlotte Gray, Veronica Guerin, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Blue Jasmine, Carol and Where'd You Go, Bernadette. The Lucille Ball biopic that she is working on (and starring in as Ball herself) is also rumoured to be titled Lucy and Desi.
  • 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 of course, she also possesses those "redoubtable acting skills".
  • So My Kids Can Watch: invoked This is Cate's reason for accepting a voice role in How to Train Your Dragon 2 (as her kids loved the first film) and also one of her reasons for joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • 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.
  • Star-Making Role: invoked She was virtually unknown outside of Australia before her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth, which automatically made her one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood and led to her first Oscar nomination.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is 5'9 and towers over many of her co-stars, especially when she is wearing heels.
  • Those Two Actors: invoked
  • 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.
  • Uncredited Role: invoked She had a brief uncredited cameo in Hot Fuzz.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Of the "you could cut glass on" kind. Hers tend to come in handy for her villain roles.
  • What Could Have Been: invoked


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