Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton are, as of Friday morning, officially the proud parents of a new, adopted baby girl. The two already have three boys, so it was high time they added a girl to the mix. We know Cate Blanchett is a radiant beacon with immense talent — she won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the titular character in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine in 2013, and of course, she's Galadriel, for Pete's sake. She's an Australian screen legend — so what about Blanchett's husband Andrew Upton? It turns out that Upton, a fellow Aussie who she's been married to since 1997, is a decorated playwright, director, and screenwriter, and he and his wife have collaborated quite a bit.
Upton, born in 1966, has adapted a number of plays over the years, including classics like Hedda Gabler, Uncle Vanya, and Cyrano de Bergerac. In fact, Blanchett starred as Yelena in his adaptation of Vanya which premiered in 2011, and her performance was met with critical acclaim when it ran at the Lincoln Center Performance Festival in 2012.
Fans of the actress might not know that before she lit up the silver screen in a diverse array of amazing roles, she was huge in the theater world. And her husband is, too. Together, Blanchett and Upton were the co-artistic directors and co-CEOs of the esteemed Sydney Theatre Company until 2013. After Blanchett departed from directing, Upton became the solo director of the STC. As they say in the theater, bravo, Upton.
And he's not only confined to stage work. Upton and Blanchett also have a film production company called Dirty Films. Blanchett starred in their film Little Fish in 2006, playing the dark, gritty role of a former addict who finds herself again mired in the drug world in Sydney. Upton wrote the role that Blanchett brought to life.
What's next for Upton? He's likely to keep writing and producing electric plays, and hopefully he and Blanchett will collaborate on more films soon. For now, though, the two are collaborating on their best project of all: their growing family.
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