|Birth Name: Margot Elise Robbie
Birth Place: Dalby, Queensland, Australia
Date of Birth: 2 July, 1990
Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Mother: Sarie Kessler
Siblings: 3, Lachlan, Cameron & Anya.
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Margot Elise Robbie hails from the small country town of Dalby in southern Queensland. She was born on July 2nd, 1990, to mother Sarie Kessler; a physiotherapist who according to Margot has a “heart of gold”. Sarie raised Margot and her three siblings, older brother Lachlan “Lockie” Robbie, younger brother Cameron Robbie and an older sister, Anya, on her own. Margot’s father is a former farm owner, but her contact with him is limited. Margot and her siblings grew up on her grandparents’ farm on the Gold Coast.
When Robbie was growing up in Australia, her mother sent her off to circus school—she received her “trapeze certificate” when she was eight.
Before making her acting debut, she worked at Subway for a while. There she became pro at building the perfect hoagie — especially BLTs – according to herself. To make ends meet, Margot worked three jobs simultaneously at the age of 16.
Margot had an outdoorsy childhood, describing herself as “a bit of a tomboy” before deciding to be an actress. “I’m happiest when I’m surfing or out on the farm hunting wild pigs, building cubbies out in the paddocks or riding around on motorbikes.”
Margot spent her teenage years splitting time between the beach and her grandparents’ farm, but began spending a lot of time in Melbourne when she started acting professionally at the age of 17.
Her first professional acting job came in 2007, when she was cast as the lead in I.C.U. They had originally cast another actress for Tristen, but when she had to pull out, cast member Christian Radford suggested Margot, his school and childhood friend. Radford encouraged Robbie to audition since the film needed a female lead. After impressing the director Aash Aaron with her performance during an audition, she won the lead without an agent at the time, eventually retaining one with the help of Aaron. She was then brought on board Aaron’s second production, Vigilante. It ended up being released first (2008), with I.C.U coming out the following year (2009).
Margot also acted in commercials and had guest roles in the television series Review with Myles Barlow, The Elephant Princess and City Homicide – all in 2008.
In March 2008, Margot landed her biggest part to date with the recurring guest role of kooky Donna Freedman in Neighbours, a role she found out she’d won when she was only two days into a five-week snowboarding holiday in Canada. Initially a short-term role, Donna was later turned into a regular character, and Margot made the permanent move to Melbourne – though she still spent most weekends on the Gold Coast, visiting family. The show ended up earning her two TV Week Logie Award nominations – “Most Popular New Female Talent”, and “Most Popular Actress”. She was also nominated for “Favorite Hottie” at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and was up against her Neighbours co-star Dean Geyer. In July 2008, Margot took advantage of a two-week break in filming by returning home for her 18th birthday, which she celebrated by skydiving.
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. Margot also became a Youth Ambassador for missing persons as part of National Youth Week.
In September 2010, Margot announced that she was to leave Neighbours after almost three years to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. Her final scenes aired on 26 January 2011.
After arriving in Los Angeles for pilot season, she auditioned for the new series of Charlie’s Angels. However, the producers at Sony Pictures Television preferred her for a role in ABC drama series Pan Am alongside Christina Ricci. Margot landed the role of Laura Cameron, a newly trained flight attendant. Pan Am was 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 well known names such as Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. Margot played Charlotte, the teenage crush of the main character Tim Lake. The film, a British romantic comedy-drama about a young man with the special ability to time travel, was released in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2013, and in the United States on 1 November 2013. The film received positive reviews, and grossed $87 million on its $12 million budget.
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 and Jonah Hill. Her casting was confirmed in August. The Wolf of Wall Street was released on 25 December 2013 to positive reviews and became a commercial success with a worldwide gross of $392 million making it Scorsese’s highest grossing film. The film was subsequently nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For her performance as Jordan Belfort’s second wife, Naomi Lapaglia, Robbie was praised by critics for her Brooklyn accent. Critic Sasha Stone 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”. She received a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for “Best Breakthrough Performance” and won the Empire Award for “Best Newcomer”.
In 2015, Margot starred opposite Will Smith in romantic comedy-drama film Focus. In the film, she plays an inexperienced grifter, learning the craft from Smith’s character. The film was released on February 27, 2015 to generally mixed reviews, however Robbie’s performance was praised. Peter Travers of 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.” Focus grossed over $150 million worldwide. Margot and Will Smith was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for “Best Kiss” for the film.
Robbie received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2015, and her star status was now a fact. That same year, 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. The film premiered on 24 January 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and had its theatrical release on 28 August 2015. The film received positive reviews, and Margot’s performance was once again 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”.
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. She also appeared in Suite Française (2015) alongside Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts, an adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s novel. The film received positive reviews. Robbie made a cameo appearance in Adam McKay’s comedy-drama The Big Short, released on 11 December 2015. Her appearance lasted for about 60-seconds, and Margot played herself – to explain what “shorting” a bond means, while drinking Dom Pérignon in the bathtub of a billionaire’s Malibu condo.
In January 2014, it was confirmed that Margot would star as Jane Porter in David Yates’s The Legend of Tarzan opposite Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. The film was one of the most anticipated of the year, and was released on 1 July 2016.
On 22 October 2014, Robbie joined Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), a film adaptation of The Taliban Shuffle. She plays Tanya Vanderpoel, a British TV journalist. The film also stars Martin Freeman and Alfred Molina and was released on 4 March 2016 by Paramount Pictures. Margot’s co-star, Tina Fey, is crazy about her – “She doesn’t take herself too seriously. And she has that soap-opera background, which I think is great. Those people just make a choice and don’t overthink it. They don’t think that acting cures world hunger in and of itself.”
In May 2016, Calvin Klein announced Robbie would be the face of their newest women’s fragrance Deep Euphoria. “We see Ms. Robbie, who is a risk taker, really exploring the multiple aspects of her personality through fantasy during the deep euphoria Calvin Klein advertising campaign,” said Melisa Goldie, Calvin Klein’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. In addition to the various advertising prints, Margot starred in a couple of television spots directed by Francis Lawrence, the director of “The Hunger Games” and “I Am Legend.” In the scenes, Robbie “remembers a series of flashbacks from the night before that blur the lines between fantasy and reality, ultimately revealing her deepest desires.”
On 16 October 2014, she was approached by Warner Bros. for the DC Comics supervillain film Suicide Squad. In December 2014, it was confirmed that she would star as Harley Quinn. The ensemble cast included Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Care Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman. Director David Ayer confirmed via his Twitter account that principal photography had commenced on the film on 13 April 2015. Warner Bros. released the film on 5 August 2016. The role of Harley Quinn, says Ayer, demands “a lot of heavy lifting for an actor. But she’s a tough girl, and she’s incredibly smart and mature beyond her years. She has ridiculous depth, and she’s never been coddled, so she’s very physically courageous. The things she was doing herself as far as stunts, you wouldn’t believe. There’s only a handful of actors who do that sort of work themselves”.
Since 2014, Margot has been in a relationship with British assistant director Tom Ackerley, whom she met on the set of Suite Française. She likes to keep their relationship private, but opened up to Elle Magazine in 2016 about him; “I was the ultimate single gal. The idea of relationships made me want to vomit. And then this crept up on me. We were friends for so long. I was always in love with him, but I thought, Oh, he would never love me back. Don’t make it weird, Margot. Don’t be stupid and tell him that you like him. And then it happened, and I was like, Of course we’re together. This makes so much sense, the way nothing has ever made sense before.”
In 2015, Margot, her boyfriend Tom Ackerley, Tom’s friends Josey McNamara and Sophia Kerr started a production company called LuckyChap. The four of them all lived together in a big house in London, up until late 2016 when they moved to Los Angeles. In August 2016, they had already acquired five projects – one of which is the script for I, Tonya, the highly anticipated Tonya Harding biopic that Margot is set to star in.
In 2016, they started working on a dystopian noir thriller, Terminal, with Margot as one of the leads. She plays a waitress whose story line ties all the others together. “We chose the most challenging indie film imaginable—it’s not commercially viable from a financier’s point of view. It’s shaving years off my life. It’s really hard work, but so rewarding and much more empowering than just acting. I was starting to feel like a little pawn getting moved around the board: Go here! Do that! Be her!”
Margot’s rare combination of charisma, work ethics, acting chops and good looks makes her a wanted woman in the industry – people are even drawing comparisons to Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. So what’s up next?
“In this world of celebrity and Hollywood, so many people act like they’re being watched all the time—but Margot doesn’t act like that at all. She’s constantly dancing like no one’s watching.” – Cara Delevingne
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Last update: August 2016