His sister is a multi-millionaire Australian movie star who lives in an English manor, but for Cate Blanchett’s big brother from Melbourne – life has been tougher.
Robert Blanchett, 51, opens the door of his Clifton Hill flat only wide enough for him to be able to peer outside.
Based only 4km from the heart of Melbourne, Mr Blanchett’s life could not be any more different from his mega-star sister, who is reportedly worth $85 million and has featured in a string of blockbusters, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Blue Jasmine and Carol.
Robert Blanchett waits for the bus not far from the tiny flat he lives in about four kilometres outside of Melbourne. His lodgings are a far cry from that of his younger sister Cate, who lives in a $6million mansion in the UK
Cate Blanchett attends the screening of ‘Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France last year. Her brother is not doing quite so well
While there is a large gate leading to Mr Blanchett’s ground floor flat, it’s not manned by security guards, there is no brass buzzer and the gate is unlocked.
He has managed to spend his quiet life out of the spotlight and he is happy enough to do so.
‘I’m not a public figure,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
But he was recently thrust into the spotlight when Radaronline – an U.S. celebrity website – reported he was estranged from his famous sibling.
Walking with the aid of a walking frame, and appearing to suffer from a mild disability, Mr Blanchett was found ‘struggling to stand at a bus stop’, the publication wrote.
Radar claimed to interview him ‘inside his shabby home’ where he told the publication: ‘People have called before thinking I’m my dad, but he died 40 years ago.’
The little flat that Robert Blanchett calls home. He lives a quiet life away from the spotlight and appears to be comfortable in his modest flat
Cate Blanchett’s English mansion, built in 1890 and featuring its own reception hall, is a world away from her brother’s in Melbourne. Robert Blanchett lives in a tiny flat set among a concrete jungle
Asked if he’s in contact with his star sibling, he said: ‘Come on, now! She’s got a team who make people [comfortable] on her behalf. But I’m not one of them.’
When asked by Daily Mail Australia about the story, Mr Blanchett said: ‘That article can stand on it’s own merit.
‘I don’t have any comment to make.’
Only a stone’s throw from trendy Fitzroy, Clifton Hill is hardly a ghetto and in years gone by was described as the ‘Toorak of Collingwood’.
Robert Blanchett leaves his one-bedroom flat on the day his sister Cate celebrated her 50th birthday
Cate Blanchett in 2013 at he Academy Awards. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia where her older brother still resides.
Born to June Gamble, an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett Jr, an American advertising executive, Ms Blanchett was just 10 when her father died.
Her mother never remarried, and her grandmother moved in to help her mum.
When they were kids, Ms Blanchett would look out for her brother and make sure he was alright, former teacher Kathy Hutchens told Radar.
Cate Blanchett sold her trophy Sydney home ‘Bulwarra’ at Hunters Hill for a reported $14 million in 2015
Blanchett is married to successful playwright and director Andrew Upton. The pair moved to the UK after selling their Sydney home in 2015
She graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim.
She has since gone on to win two Oscars and become one of the highest paid female leads in Hollywood.
In 2015, Ms Blanchett and her playwright-director husband Andrew Upton sold their Sydney home ‘Bulwarra’ at Hunters Hill for $14million and moved to the United Kingdom, where they bought a $6million mansion ‘Highwell House’ in East Sussex, about an hour south of London.
Built in 1890, the 5ha property boasts its own reception hall and was previously lived in by Dr Who actor Tom Baker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes.
It is understood the couple also own several other properties in Australia and overseas.
Ms Blanchett is known as a style icon, who regularly dazzles on the red carpet with designer dresses.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Blanchett for comment.