Cate Blanchett has confessed how she feared her film career was over after taking a six year break to focus on theatre.
The 44-year-old Australian actress - who picked up the best actress Bafta for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine - has been working as joint artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company with her husband Andrew Upton.
Speaking backstage at the Baftas in London she admitted she had been surprised to get the call from Woody Allen, admitting age can be limiting to a Hollywood actress's career.
Cate revealed: "It was incredibly unexpected, I've been working in the Sydney theatre with my husband for the last six years, and I thought I didn't have a film career to return to, actress years are incredibly short, so it was a great surprise to get the call."
The Hobbit star dedicated her award on stage to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month from an apparent drugs overdose at the age of 46.
Cate said: "I don't think I'm alone having been influenced by Phil and his body of work but also who he was as a person, he was an extraordinary friend to many people. If I can be half the actor he was in his unfortunately short life I'll be very happy."
Cate first worked with Philip in 1999's The Talented Mr Ripley.