Lord Of The Rings beauty Cate Blanchett is expecting her second child with screenwriter husband ANDREW UPTON.

The OSCAR-nominated Australian actress was forced to withdraw from upcoming movie project CLOSER - in which she was to team up with British superstar JUDE LAW - due to her condition.

Cate, 34, already has a two-year old son called DASHIELL.

Despite being one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses Blanchett and her family live in England and recently relocated from the capital London to south coast seaside resort Brighton.

The baby is expected to arrive in Spring 2004.

17/09/2003 09:18