Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie (cropped).jpg
Robbie at the 2011 Logie Awards
Born (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 24)
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Margot Elise Robbie[1] (born 2 July 1990) is an Australian actress. She first came to prominence for her role as Donna Freedman on the soap opera Neighbours (2008–2011), which earned her two Logie Award nominations. After moving to the United States, Robbie starred as Laura Cameron in the ABC drama series Pan Am (2011–2012) and has appeared in films such as About Time (2013) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), which earned her multiple award nominations including winning Best Female Newcomer at the Empire Awards.

Early life[edit]

Margot Elise Robbie was born in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] She grew up splitting her time between the beach and her grandparents' farm in Dalby, Queensland (her parents are both from farming families).[3] Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist.[4][5] When Margot was seventeen years old, she moved to Melbourne to begin acting professionally.[6] She graduated from Somerset College on the Gold Coast in 2007.[2]

Career[edit]

Robbie has been acting professionally since 2007, when she starred in two feature films, I.C.U. and Vigilante. After impressing the director with her performance during an audition, she won the lead in I.C.U. without an agent at the time.[7] Robbie also acted in commercials and had guest roles in The Elephant Princess and City Homicide as Caitlin Brentford.[8]

Robbie began appearing as Donna Freedman on Neighbours from June 2008.[7] The character was originally only a guest role, but she was soon promoted to a regular cast member.[9] In an interview with Digital Spy, Robbie said she had gone on a snowboarding holiday to Canada with her boyfriend soon after auditioning, but had to return after only two days when told that she had won the role.[10]

In early 2009, Robbie appeared in various Network Ten promotions, featuring an ensemble of popular Australian faces on the network. In July 2009, she filled the "Generation Y" guest spot on the Network Ten show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation. Robbie also became a Youth Ambassador for missing persons as part of National Youth Week.[11]

In the same year, Robbie was nominated for Most Popular New Female Talent at the Australian Logie Awards.[12] She was also nominated for Favorite Hottie at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and was up against her Neighbours co-star Dean Geyer.[13] In September 2010, Robbie announced that she was to leave Neighbours after almost three years to pursue an acting career in Hollywood.[14] Her final scenes aired on 26 January 2011 and in April of that year, Robbie was nominated for Most Popular Actress at the Logie Awards.[15]

After arriving in Los Angeles for pilot season, Robbie auditioned for the new series of Charlie's Angels.[16] However, the producers at Sony Pictures Television preferred her for a role in ABC drama series Pan Am alongside Christina Ricci.[16] Robbie landed the role of Laura Cameron, a newly trained flight attendant.[17] Pan Am was cancelled after one season due to falling ratings, despite receiving positive reviews from critics.[18] In May 2012, Fiona Bryne of the Herald Sun reported Robbie had joined the cast of Richard Curtis' romantic comedy, About Time.[18] The following month Digital Spy's Zeba Blay announced Robbie was in talks to appear in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.[19] Linette Lopez from the Business Insider confirmed Robbie's casting in August.[20] For her performance as Naomi Lapaglia, Robbie received nominations for the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.[21] She won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer.[22]

Robbie starred opposite Will Smith in the drama Focus (2015).[23] In 2015, Robbie received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[24] She will play Ann Burden in the film adaptation of Z for Zachariah, which was shot in New Zealand.[25][26] The film premiered on 24 January 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival.[27] In February, Robbie and her Focus co-star Smith appeared on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment.[28] Robbie will appear in a documentary special celebrating Neighbours '​ 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which will air on Network Ten on 16 March 2015.[29]

Robbie has been confirmed to appear in the film adaptation of Marisa Lankester's memoir Dangerous Odds,[30] the adaptation of The Taliban Shuffle,[31] and Matthew Michael Carnahan's Violent Talent.[32] She will also appear in Suite française, an adaptation of Irène Némirovsky's novel.[33] Robbie will be starring as Jane in David Yates's Tarzan, scheduled for release on 1 July 2016.[25][34] In September 2014, Mike Fleming Jr from Deadline.com reported that Robbie was in talks to star in the film The Mountain Between Us helmed by Hany Abu-Assad, and co-starring Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam.[35] On 16 October, Robbie was approached by Warner Brothers for the upcoming 2016 DC Comics supervillain film Suicide Squad.[36] On 10 November, Robbie was confirmed to star in the film as Harley Quinn.[37]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Robbie began living with her Neighbours co-star Ashleigh Brewer.[38] Following her decision to quit Neighbours, she announced that she was moving to live with her former co-star Caitlin Stasey in Los Angeles, California.[39] During her time on Pan Am, she lived in New York City, New York.[6] Robbie is in a relationship with British director Tom Ackerly.[40]

As of May 2014, Robbie lives in London with five of her friends.[41]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Vigilante Cassandra
2009 I.C.U. Tristan Waters
2013 About Time Charlotte
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Naomi Lapaglia
2015 Z for Zachariah Ann Burden
2015 Focus Jess Barrett
2015 Suite française Celine Post-production
2016 Tarzan Jane Porter Post-production
2016 The Taliban Shuffle Tanya Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Review with Myles Barlow Kelly Episode 1.1
2008 Elephant Princess, TheThe Elephant Princess Butterfly (uncredited) Episodes: "The Butterfly Effect" and "Butterfly Kiss"
2008 City Homicide Caitlin Brentford Episode: "Somersaulting Dogs"
2008–2011 Neighbours Donna Freedman
2011–2012 Pan Am Laura Cameron 14 episodes
2015 Top Gear Herself Episode: "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car"
2015 Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite Herself Documentary

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2009 Logie Awards Most Popular New Female Talent Neighbours Nominated
2011 Logie Awards Most Popular Actress Neighbours Nominated
2014 Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer The Wolf of Wall Street Won [42]
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Actress N/A Nominated
2015 British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Rising Star Award N/A Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Miller, Katie (14 April 2009). "Margot Robbie still girl next door". Gold Coast. Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Maresca, Rachel (10 July 2014). "Margot Robbie says she's not 'particularly attractive,' isn't the 'best-looking' among her friends". Daily News. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Burke, Liz; Huxley, Jessica (25 June 2014). "Margot Robbie pays off her mother’s entire mortgage for her 60th birthday". news.com.au. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
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