Actress Cate Blanchett, and her husband Andrew Upton, recently welcomed a daughter by adoption, and her name has been confirmed as Edith Vivian Patricia. Edith joins big brothers Dashiell, aged 13, Roman, aged 10, and Ignatius, aged 6.
Catherine “Cate” Blanchett graduated from NIDA in 1992, and was immediately acclaimed for her work in theatre, winning two awards from the Sydney Theatre Critics. After some work in television, she made her film début in 1997 with a supporting role in Paradise Road, and took the lead role in Oscar and Lucinda, opposite Ralph Fiennes, which was well received. Her first major international role was in the 1998 film Elizabeth, where she played the title role of Queen Elizabeth I. This made her an internationally recognised star, and won her a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Her profile has been raised by her appearance as Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s blockbusting Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Other films she has appeared in include The Talented Mr Ripley, The Shipping News, Charlotte Gray, Veronica Guerin, The Aviator, Babel, Notes on a Scandal, Hot Fuzz, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Blue Jasmine, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She will play the “wicked stepmother” role in the upcoming Disney film, Cinderella. She has been honoured with many awards for her work in film, including a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame.
Andrew is a playwright, screenwriter, and director, and he and Cate have been married since 1997. They formed their own film company Dirty Films, which have made Bangers and Little Fish, which both starred Cate. Andrew and Cate became joint artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company in 2008, and recently announced that they would be leaving to live in the United States once Andrew’s role at the STC comes to an end.