Margot Elise Robbie is an Australian actress and film producer who was born on 2 July 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia and grew up in the Gold Coast Hinterland. In 2017, Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and Forbes featured her in their 30 Under 30 list. Margot’s parents are Sarie Kessler (physiotherapist), and Doug Robbie (former farm owner) and she has three siblings: Lachlan or “Lachie”; Cameron; and Anya. Margot grew up on a farm and she and her siblings were raised by their single mother and had minimal contact with her father. At the age of 16, Margot worked three jobs simultaneously in order to help make ends meet. She studied drama at school and graduated from Somerset College. At the age of 17, Margot moved to Melbourne to begin acting profthe characteressionally.
Margot began her career in Australian independent films in the late 2000s. She began acting professionally in 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. Margot also acted in commercials and had guest roles in The Elephant Princess and City Homicide as Caitlin Brentford. Margot began appearing as Donna Freedman on Neighbours from June 2008. Margot was originally appearing in a guest arc, but she was soon promoted to a regular cast member. Margot was nominated for two Logie Awards for her role as Donna. In early 2009, Margot appeared in various Network Ten promotions, featuring an ensemble of popular Australian faces on the network. In July, she filled the “Generation Y” guest spot on TV show Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. Margot also became a Youth Ambassador for missing persons as part of National Youth Week. In September 2010, Margot announced she would be leaving Neighbours after a little over three years in the role. Her final scenes aired on 26 January 2011.
Margot moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. During pilot season, she auditioned for the new series of Charlie’s Angels. However, the producers at Sony Pictures Television preferred her for the role of Laura Cameron, a newly trained flight attendant in ABC drama series Pan Am. Pan Am was unfortunately cancelled after one season due to falling ratings, despite receiving positive reviews from critics. In May 2012, Margot joined the cast of Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy About Time (2013) alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. About Time received positive reviews and grossed $87 million on its $12 million budget.
In August 2012, Margot was cast in her breakout role of Naomi Belfort, the wife of protagonist Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. The film received positive reviews and became a commercial success with a worldwide gross of $392 million and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Critic Sasha Stone wrote “She’s [Margot] Scorsese’s best blonde bombshell discovery since Cathy Moriarty in Raging Bull. Robbie is funny, hard and kills every scene she’s in”. She received a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. In 2014, Margot founded her own production company, LuckyChap Entertainment.
In 2015, Margot starred opposite Will Smith in the romantic comedy-drama film Focus. She plays an inexperienced grifter learning the craft from Smith’s character. Despite mixed reviews, Margot’s performance was praised with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writing “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.” The industry was literally taking notice and Margot received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Next, Margot played the leading role of Ann Burden in the film adaptation of Z for Zachariah with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film premiered on 24 January 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and has since received positive reviews since its theatrical release. Margot’s performance was praised by critics with Drew McWeeny of HitFix writing “Robbie’s work here establishes her as one of the very best actresses in her age range today”. Margot then appeared in a documentary special celebrating Neighbours‘ 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite. She also appeared in Suite Française (2015) alongside Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts, an adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s novel where she met future husband British assistant director Tom Ackerley. The film received positive reviews. During this year Margot also made a cameo appearance in Adam McKay’s comedy-drama The Big Short, released on 11 December 2015.
In 2016, Margot co-starred with Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a film adaptation of The Taliban Shuffle playing the role of Tanya Vanderpoel, a British TV journalist. Later that year, Margot starred as Jane Porter in David Yates’s The Legend of Tarzan, opposite Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. Margot went on to play the role of Harley Quinn in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics supervillain film Suicide Squad, as part of an ensemble cast that includes Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman. In May, Calvin Klein announced Margot would be the face of their Deep Euphoria fragrance. In July, Margot was confirmed to star in an adaptation of Matt Ruff’s thriller novel Bad Monkeys as Jane Charlotte. She will also produce the film for her production company LuckyChap Entertainment. In October, Margot hosted the season 42 premiere of Saturday Night Live, with musical guest The Weeknd. In December, Margot married her partner Tom Ackerley in Byron Bay, Australia.
In 2017, Margot starred alongside Domhnall Gleeson in Goodbye Christopher Robin as Daphne de Sélincourt, wife of author A. A. Milne. She next portrayed the American figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, written by Steven Rogers and directed by Craig Gillespie. Reviewing the film for The Boston Globe, Ty Burr wrote, “Robbie is taller, bigger than the tiny, fierce Harding, but she gets the athlete’s forward drive, and the anger that seemed to fuel the dynamo, and when life hands Tonya lemons, Robbie sets her jaw and bears down.” For her portrayal of Harding, Robbie was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was the first actress nominated for an Academy Award for playing a real-life athlete. Margot was next cast as Maid Marian in Marian, which she will also co-produce for her production company LuckyChap Entertainment. During this year Margot appeared in a commercial promoting Nissan electric vehicles.
In 2018, Margot voiced the character of Flopsy Rabbit in the animated/live-action film Peter Rabbit, an adaptation of the Beatrix Potter book series. She then starred in Vaughn Stein’s thriller film Terminal as Annie. Margot has also been cast as Queen Elizabeth I in the film Mary Queen of Scots, and will star in independent film Dreamland, which she is co-producing. In February 2018, Robbie was announced as an ambassador for the luxury fashion brand, Chanel. In March, Margot confirmed that she would portray actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring alongside of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Margot is also scheduled to reprise her role as Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad in various projects including Birds of Prey, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2, and an untitled Joker/Harley Quinn film. Margot will also serve as co-producer on each of the films, excluding Suicide Squad 2. Birds of Prey is scheduled to begin production in late 2018 and Margot will star alongside Matthias Schoenaerts in the WWII thriller film Ruin, directed by Justin Kurzel.
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