Cate Blanchett has third baby

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CANBERRA (Reuters) - Oscar-winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett has given birth to her third child in Sydney, a spokesman said on Monday.

Blanchett, 38, and her playwright husband Andrew Upton welcomed Ignatius Martin Upton into the world on Sunday, a spokesman for the Sydney Theatre Company told Reuters.

“The baby was born yesterday. Both are doing well,” he said. Media reports said he weighed 3.6kg, or just under eight pounds.

Blanchett and Upton, joint artistic directors of the theatre company, already have two sons: Dashiell John, aged six, and Roman Robert, aged three.

Blanchett won an Oscar in 2005 for playing Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.” She was nominated this year for her lead role in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and for her supporting turn as Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There.”

She returns to theaters next month in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” the fourth installment of the Harrison Ford adventure series.

Blanchett has been picked by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to head a think-tank on the future of arts in her home country this weekend as past of a summit on challenges facing Australia, leading 100 of the country’s best minds.