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
Residence London, England, UK
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 short-lived ABC drama series Pan Am (2011–2012). She has appeared in films such as About Time (2013) alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams and co-starred in Martin Scorsese's film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, which earned her multiple award nominations including winning Best Female Newcomer at the Empire Awards. She also co-starred in Focus (2015) with Will Smith.

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]


Early 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]

Move to Hollywood[edit]

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, Robbie joined the cast of Richard Curtis' romantic comedy, About Time (2013) alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.[18] About Time was released in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2013 and in the United States on 1 November 2013.[19] The film received positive reviews[20] and grossed $87 million on its $12 million budget.[21] In June 2012, it was announced that Robbie was in talks to appear in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.[22] Her casting was confirmed in August.[23] The Wolf of Wall Street was released on 25 December 2013[24] to positive reviews and became a commercial success with a worldwide gross of $392 million[25] making it Scorsese's highest grossing film.[26] The film was subsequently nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.[27] For her performance as Naomi Lapaglia, Robbie was praised by critics, including Sasha Stone who wrote "She's Scorsese's best blonde bombshell discovery since Cathy Moriarty in Raging Bull. Robbie is funny, hard and kills every scene she's in".[28] She received a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.[29] She won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer.[30]

In 2015, Robbie starred opposite Will Smith in romantic dark comedy film Focus.[31] The film was released on February 27, 2015 to generally mixed reviews,[32] however Robbie's performance was praised. Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone wrote "Robbie is a wow and then some. The Aussie actress who made us sit up and take notice as Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in The Wolf of Wall Street shows a comic flair backed up with beauty and steel. Even when Focus fumbles, Robbie deals a winning hand."[33] Focus grossed over $130 million worldwide.[34][35] In 2015, Robbie received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[36] Also in 2015, Robbie played the leading role of Ann Burden in the film adaptation of Z for Zachariah with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, which was shot in New Zealand.[37][38] The film premiered on 24 January 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival.[39] It received positive reviews upon its release.[40] Robbie's performance was praised by critics. Drew McWeeny of HitFix wrote "Robbie's work here establishes her as one of the very best actresses in her age range today".[41] Robbie appeared in a documentary special celebrating Neighbours '​ 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.[42][43] She also appeared in Suite française (2015) alongside Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts, an adaptation of Irène Némirovsky's novel.[44] The film received positive reviews.[45]

Upcoming films[edit]

Robbie has been confirmed to appear in the film adaptation of Marisa Lankester's memoir Dangerous Odds,[46] the adaptation of The Taliban Shuffle with Tina Fey and Martin Freeman[47] and Matthew Michael Carnahan's Violent Talent.[48] Robbie will be starring as Jane in David Yates's Tarzan opposite Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz, scheduled for release on 1 July 2016.[37][49] On 16 October, Robbie was approached by Warner Brothers for the upcoming 2016 DC Comics supervillain film Suicide Squad.[50] On 10 November, Robbie was confirmed to star in the film as Harley Quinn.[51] The film will also star Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Cara Delevingne and it will be directed by David Ayer. The film will start principal photography in Toronto in mid-April and will be released on August 5, 2016.[52]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Robbie began living with her Neighbours co-star Ashleigh Brewer.[53] 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.[54] 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.[55]

As of May 2014, Robbie lives in London with five of her friends.[56]


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
2016 Tarzan Jane Porter Post-production
2016 The Taliban Shuffle Tanya Filming
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 311 episodes
2011–2012 Pan Am Laura Cameron 14 episodes
2015 Top Gear Herself Episode #22.4
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
2013 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cast The Wolf of Wall Street Nominated
2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble The Wolf of Wall Street Nominated
2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble The Wolf of Wall Street Nominated
2014 Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer The Wolf of Wall Street Won [57]
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance N/A Nominated
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Actress N/A Nominated
2015 British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Rising Star Award N/A Nominated


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