ctress , aged 28, with an Oz mother and Texan father, brought up in Melbourne, who became an actress almost by accident. She had taken a year's sabbatical from an economics course at Melbourne University to travel to Europe. On her return she won small parts in La Mama productions before being accepted for the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She graduated from NIDA in 1992.
Roles in productions by the Melbourne and Sydney theatre companies followed and she had been given credit for her part beside Glenn Close in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road before her big break in Gillian Armstrong's adaption of Peter Carey's Booker Prize winning novel Oscar and Lucinda came along.
In December 1998 she was nominated for a Golen Globe Award for best actress in Elizabeth. In January '99 the nominees will be voted on by members of the Hollywood Press Association. Also nominated were fellow Dinkum Aussies Geoffrey Rush as best supporting actor for his work in Shakespeare In Love and Peter Weir for best director of The Truman Show. A good showing at the Golden Globes generally augurs well for the Oscars.
Stop Press! She won the Golden Globe Award. Cate, on awakening the next morning and seeing the award without her name on it by her bedside, thought "Oops, I may have stolen it from somebody".
And again! She has just been nominated for the 1999 Oscar for Best Actress for her Elizabeth. Unfortunately she missed out but later took the BAFTA in U.K.
She has just made a film called The Talented Mr. Ripley with Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Her current release is Pushing Tin where she plays a Long Island housewife.
Cate is trying to strike a balance between her theatre work , film work and a new marriage. She is part of Company B (with Geoffrey Rush and others) and working from the Belvoir Street Theatre under the auspices of acclaimed director Neil Armfield.
Cate is married to script and continuity editor Andrew Upton.
Cate is to feature on the March '99 cover of Vanity Fair, considered as the most coveted spot on a glossy magazine by the acting fraternity as it co-incides with Hollywood's night of nights.
Cate is now starring on London's West End in Plenty, a David Hare play. Hare also wrote the Nicole Kidman hit The Blue Room.