Cate Blanchett


Blanchett in 2010, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Catherine Élise Blanchett

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: 14 May, 1969

Ethnicity: English, as well as Scottish, Cornish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, Welsh, Irish, distant Dutch, remote French

Cate Blanchett is an Australian actress and theatre director. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator (2004), and the Academy Award for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine (2013). Her roles also include Elizabeth and its sequel, An Ideal Husband, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Gift, The Shipping News, Charlotte Gray, The Lord of the Rings, Veronica Guerin, The Missing, Babel, Notes on a Scandal, I’m Not There, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Robin Hood, Hanna, Knight of Cups, Cinderella, Carol, Truth, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Don’t Look Up, Nightmare Alley, and Tár, among other films.

Her mother, June, was Australian, and was a property developer and teacher. Her father, Robert Blanchett, was American, from Texas, and was an advertising executive and U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. Cate is married to playwright, screenwriter, and director Andrew Upton, with whom she has four children.

The surname Blanchett is often assumed to be of French origin. Cate’s last traceable patrilineal ancestor appears to be James G. Blanchett, who was born, c. 1810, in North Carolina. It is not clear if James had French ancestry. Cate does have French roots from her paternal nine times great-grandmother, Martha Brasseur, making Cate of at least 1/2048th French ancestry, through that line.

Cate’s paternal grandfather was Robert DeWitt Blanchett (the son of John Cullen Blanchett and Mary Jane Mosley). Robert was born in Arkansas, to a father from Tennessee and a mother from Texas. John was the son of William Blanchett and Charlotte Greer. Mary Jane was the daughter of William Marion Mosley/Moseley and Sarah Ellen McWhorter.

Cate’s paternal grandmother was Merle Jenevieve King (the daughter of Jasper Noel King and Cora A. Craft/Croft). Merle was born in Oklahoma. Jasper was the son of Thomas F. King and Frances/Fannie B. Henderson. Cora was the daughter of John Franklin Craft and Mary Elizabeth McWherter/McWhirter.

Cate’s maternal grandfather was Horace Thomas Gamble (the son of Morris Frederick Horsley Gamble and Anne/Ann Maud Maule). Horace was born in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. Morris was the son of Walter Mitchell Gamble, who was Northern Irish, and of Marianne Barker, who was born in London, England. Anne was the daughter of Scottish parents, Thomas Hunter Maule and Janet Catherine Reid, from Melrose, Roxburghshire.

Cate’s maternal grandmother was Rosalie Jean Wood (the daughter of Herbert Edward Wood and Janet Wilson Dunstan). Rosalie was born in Charlton, Victoria, Australia. Herbert was the son of Samuel Wood, who was born in Kent, England, and of Sarah Cornish Clements. Janet was the daughter of William Henry Dunstan, who was born in Cornwall, England, and of Colina McDougall Campbell, who was Scottish.

Sources: Genealogies of Cate Blanchett –

Genealogy of Cate Blanchett (focusing on her father’s side) –

Cate’s paternal grandfather, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Cate’s paternal grandmother, Merle Jenevieve King, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

12 Responses

  1. Preservationist says:

    And her last name is pronounced “blanch it” NOT “blan CHETTE”. Her surname is English not French.

  2. Manila says:

    She will head the Cannes jury. Would you like to put her on the headline?

  3. madman says:

    Add Cornish.

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