Elizabeth Debicki

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Elizabeth Debicki
Elizabeth debicki Australian Polish actress.jpg
Born August 1990 (age 24–25)
Paris, France
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Victorian College of the Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Elizabeth Debicki (born August 1990)[1] is an Australian stage and film actress. After making her feature film debut in A Few Best Men (2011), she appeared in The Great Gatsby (2013) and starred in Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids, for which she received a nomination for the Helpmann Award.

Early life[edit]

Debicki was born in Paris to a Polish father and an Australian mother,[2][3][4] who were both ballet dancers.[5] When she was five, the family moved to Melbourne, where she grew up with two younger siblings.[3][6] She became interested in ballet at an early age and trained as a dancer until deciding to switch to theatre.[7][8] 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.[9] In 2010, she completed a degree in drama at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts.[2][7] In August 2009, she was the recipient of a Richard Pratt Bursary for outstanding acting students in their second year of training.[10]


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.[11][12] In December 2012, Debicki was the subject of a photo shoot for Vogue Australia.[13][14]

From June to July 2013,[15] Debicki played Madame in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Jean Genet's play The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert.[16] She won the best newcomer award at the Sydney Theatre Awards.[17] Debicki appears in a 13-minute short film, Godel, Incomplete,[18] and appeared as a guest star in the third season of the Australian TV series Rake.[19] She co-starred in the Guy Ritchie-directed film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015).[20] She learned to drive on the set.[5] In 2014, Debicki was cast in supporting roles in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Macbeth[21] and Everest. She plays the lead in an eight-hour television series, The Kettering Incident,[22] and a supporting role, Jed, in a miniseries The Night Manager.[23]



Year Production Role Theatre Notes
2010 The Gift (Murray-Smith) Chloë Melbourne Theatre Company World premiere, opposite Matthew Dyktynski, directed by Maria Aitken[24][25]
2013 The Maids (Genet) Madame Sydney Theatre Company With Cate Blanchett as Claire, Isabelle Huppert as Solange[15]
Sydney Theatre Awards: Best Newcomer
Nominated—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
Nominated—2014 Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2013 Gödel, Incomplete Serita Short film
2015 Macbeth Lady Macduff
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Victoria Vinciguerra
2015 Everest Dr. Caroline Mackenzie Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Rake Missy TV series, guest star
2015 The Kettering Incident Dr. Anne Macy 8-hour TV series
2016 The Night Manager Jed Filming; miniseries


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

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