Elizabeth Debicki

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Elizabeth Debicki
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Debicki in October 2012
Born August 1990 (age 24)[1]
Paris, France[2]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Elizabeth Debicki (born August 1990)[1] is an Australian stage and film actress. Debicki is best known for her role as Jordan Baker in the film The Great Gatsby.

Early life[edit]

Debicki was born in Paris to a Polish father and an Australian mother of Irish descent,[2][3][4] who were both dancers.[5] When she was five, the family moved to Melbourne where she grew up with two younger siblings.[3][5] She became interested in ballet at an early age and trained as a dancer until deciding to switch to theatre.[6][7] A student at Huntingtower School in Melbourne's east, Debicki achieved two perfect study scores in Drama and English and was the school's dux when she graduated in 2007.[8] In 2010, she completed a degree in drama at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts.[2][6] In August 2009, she was the recipient of a Richard Pratt Bursary for outstanding acting students in their second year of training.[9]


Debicki at the opening of a Christian Dior shop in Sydney, January 2013

Debicki made her film debut with a brief appearance in the 2011 film A Few Best Men. After seeing Debicki's audition reel, director Baz Luhrmann flew her to auditions in Los Angeles.[1] In May 2011, Luhrmann announced that she had been cast as Jordan Baker in his 2013 film The Great Gatsby.[10][11] In December 2012, Debicki was the subject of a photo shoot for Vogue Australia.[12][13]

From June to July 2013,[14] Debicki played Madame in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Jean Genet's play The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert.[15] She won the best newcomer award at the Sydney Theatre Awards.[16] Debicki appears in a 13-minute short film, Godel, Incomplete,[17] and appeared as a guest star in the third season of the Australian TV series Rake.[18] On 31 July 2013, Variety reported that she would appear in a Guy Ritchie-directed film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E..[19] In 2014, Debicki was cast in supporting roles in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Macbeth[20] and Everest. She plays the lead in an eight-hour television series, The Kettering Incident,[21] and a supporting role, Jed, in a miniseries The Night Manager.[22]



Year Production Role Theatre Notes
2010 The Gift (Murray-Smith) Chloë Melbourne Theatre Company world premiere, opposite Matthew Dyktynski, directed by Maria Aitken[23][24]
2013 The Maids (Genet) Madame Sydney Theatre Company with Cate Blanchett as Claire, Isabelle Huppert as Solange[14]
Sydney Theatre Awards: Best Newcomer
Pending—Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play


Debicki at the A Few Best Men premiere in Sydney in January 2012
Year Title Role Notes
2011 A Few Best Men Maureen
2013 The Great Gatsby Jordan Baker AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2014 Empire Award for Best Newcomer (Nominated)
2013 Gödel, Incomplete Serita Short film
2014 Rake Missy TV series, guest star
2015 Macbeth Lady Macduff Post-production
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Victoria Vinciguerra Post-production
2015 Everest Dr. Caroline Mackenzie Post-production
2015 The Kettering Incident Dr. Anne Macy 8-hour TV series
2016 The Night Manager Jed Filming; miniseries


  1. ^ a b c Hardie, Giles; Hornery, Andrew (20 August 2011). "Leo sweeps into Sydney". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Baz Luhrmann casts VCA graduate Elizabeth Debicki in The Great Gatsby". University of Melbourne. 25 May 2011. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Blake, Elissa (19 May 2013). "From Paris with love". The Age. 
  4. ^ Cantelo, Sigourney (6 November 2012). "Our fair ladies: how to maintain pale skin". Vogue Australia. 
  5. ^ a b Lehmann, Megan (11 May 2013). "Her roaring twenties". The Weekend Australian Magazine. 
  6. ^ a b Rule, Dan (2012). "True Hollywood Story". Melbourne University Magazine. 
  7. ^ Groves, Don (7 May 2012). "The tale of two Elizabeths". Special Broadcasting Service. 
  8. ^ Bowen, Sholto (1 February 2008). "From the Principal". The Huntingtower Bulletin. 
  9. ^ "2009 Theatre Scholarships announcement including $20 000 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship". The Melbourne Newsroom. The University of Melbourne. 31 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike (11 May 2011). "Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki To Play Jordan Baker In The Great Gatsby". Deadline.com. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Bulbeck, Pip (6 September 2011). "Baz Luhrmann's $125 Million The Great Gatsby Begins Production in Sydney". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Behind-the-scenes at Elizabeth Debicki's Vogue Australia photo shoot". Vogue Australia. 2 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Elizabeth Debicki in Vogue Australia". December 2012. 
  14. ^ a b The Maids, media release, Sydney Theatre Company
  15. ^ Verghis, Sharon (1 June 2013). "Maids of dishonour, Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Debicki, unite for STC's Genet". The Australian. 
  16. ^ Saxby, John (21 January 2014). "Oscar on the horizon, but Blanchett misses out for her theatre work". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  17. ^ Godel, Incomplete at the Internet Movie Database (see also: Gödel's incompleteness theorems)
  18. ^ Knox, David (29 July 2013). "Cameras roll on Rake's third season". TV Tonight. 
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (31 July 2013). "Great Gatsby‍ '​s Elizabeth Debicki Attracted to Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Exclusive)". Variety. 
  20. ^ Hopewell, John (6 February 2014). "Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Roll on Macbeth". Variety. 
  21. ^ "Offspring star Matt Le Nevez returns to TV with Elizabeth Debicki in The Kettering Incident". news.com.au. 26 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Petski, Denise (5 March 2015). "Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Elizabeth Debicki Join AMC’s ‘The Night Manager’". Deadline.com. 
  23. ^ "Elizabeth Debicki – A Spotlight Moment", 22 March 2012, Interview from December 2011
  24. ^ "Review: The Gift by Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes, 11 June 2011

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