Who is Andrew Upton?
Popular Australian playwright, screenwriter and director Andrew Upton was born in Australia on 1 February 1966, making his zodiac sign Aquarius. He has eight writing and 10 producing credits, and is perhaps known best for producing the hit 2015 romantic movie “Carol”, which starred Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, and was directed by Tod Haynes. Set in 1950s New York City, the film follows an aspiring photographer who’s fallen for an older woman, and it won 75 of its 329 award nominations, including six Oscar nominations, some of which for Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.
Andrew’s also known for being the husband of famous Australian actress and producer Catherine Elise ‘Cate’ Blanchett.
Education and early life
Andrew was raised alongside his older sister Louise in Australia, by their parents about whom no details have been disclosed, because Andrew respects their privacy; it’s speculated that his father was a doctor and his mother a nurse, but this hasn’t been confirmed by Andrew. It’s also believed that his sister Louise is a high school teacher.
He studied at The King’s School in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia and fell in love with acting during his time there, appearing in a number of school plays; Andrew soon learned that he preferred writing over acting and thus focused on it instead.
He matriculated in 1984 and then enrolled at University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1988.
Andrew’s created adaptions of many popular plays, including “Children of the Sun”, “Uncle Vanya” and “The Cherry Orchard”, all for the Sydney Theatre Company; he also adapted “The Philistines” by Maxim Gorky for London’s Royal National Theatre.
His first original play “Riflemind” debuted on 5 October 2007 at the Sydney Theatre Company, receiving mostly positive reviews; it revolves around an elderly former rock ‘n’ roll star as he’s planning a comeback.
From 2008 through 2013, Andrew and his wife Cate were artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company; the two are also owners of their own movie production company Dirty Films, while some of the movies that they’ve produced include the 1999 short drama “Bangers”, the 2005 drama “Little Fish” and the 2007 psychological horror “Gone”.
Writing and producing
The above mentioned 1999 movie “Bangers” was Andrew’s writing and producing debut, and he then went on to write and direct the 2005 thriller comedy movie “Stories of Lost Souls”, which starred Naomi Allistone and Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuna, and was written and directed by Deborra-Lee Furness; it’s a compilation of short stories about love, desperation and conquest.
In 2020, Andrew produced all six episodes of the critically acclaimed drama mini-series “Stateless”, which starred Jai Courtney and Yvonne Strahovski, and was created by his wife Cate and Tony Ayres. It tells the true story of a group of people who’ve met at an immigration detention center; the mini-series won 16 of its 27 award nominations.
In 2023, Andrew produced the drama movie “Shayda”, which starred Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Leah Purcell, and was written and directed by Noora Niasari. It follows an Iranian woman and her daughter who’ve found refuge at an Australian women’s shelter, and the film won one of its four awards.
Most recently, also in 2023, Andrew produced the historical fantasy movie “The New Boy” and the romantic science fiction film “Fingernails”.
Andrew also has three acting credits: he played a supporting character in the 2011 comedy movie “The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg”, Pop Art Extra in the 2015 drama film “Manifesto”, and C Company in the 2017 war movie “Journey’s End”.
He was featured in the TV special “BAFTAs 2019”.
Awards and nominations
Andrew won a 2020 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries, for “Stateless”.
He was also nominated for a 2014 Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay, for “The Turning”.
Love life and wife
Andrew prefers to keep his and Cate’s marriage away from media, but some details about it are still known. They met in Australia sometime in the mid-1990s, and exchanged vows in a small and private ceremony on 29 December 1997. Cate has close to 100 acting credits and is perhaps still known best for portraying Galadriel in the critically acclaimed 2001 action adventure movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, which won 129 awards, including four Oscars, and is rated one of the best movies of all time. Cate’s won 210 of her 484 award nominations, including two Oscar wins: one in 2005 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for “The Aviator” and the other in 2014 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, for “Blue Jasmine”.
Cate gave birth to their first son Dashiell in 2001, their second son Roman followed in 2004, and third son Ignatius in 2008; she and Andrew adopted a daughter in 2015.
There are no other women whom Andrew’s perhaps been with, that we know about; he’s married to Cate Blanchett as of September 2023, and they have four children together (one adopted).
— Cate Blanchett Fan (@blanchettcom) February 1, 2021
Interesting facts and hobbies
Andrew dislikes social media networks and isn’t active on Instagram, the same as his wife; Cate has a fan page which is today followed by close to half a million people, while there are nearly 3,500 pictures and videos uploaded onto it.
Andrew and Cate are both into charity work, and have donated money to organizations all around the planet, most of which work with underprivileged youth.
He likes to travel and has been to many countries around the world, but Andrew still likes Australia the most.
He’s a lover of animals, and his favorites are kangaroos.
One of Andrew’s favorite actors is Chris Pratt, and some of his favorite movies include “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Tomorrow War”.
Appearance and net worth
Andrew’s age is 57. He has blue eyes and brown hair, weighs around 190lbs (87kgs) and is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall.
Andrew’s net worth’s been estimated at over $30 million, as of September 2023, and his wife Cate’s at over $90 million.