Margot Robbie: Your Need-To-Know On The Girl Of The Moment

From Ramsay Street to Wall Street...

Margot Robbie

by Katie Rosseinsky |

Margot's early life

Born in Queensland, Australia on 2nd July 1990, Margot grew up on the Gold Coast as a child with her three siblings before moving to Melbourne at the age of 17 in order to pursue her acting career. Her first parts were in feature films I. C. U. and Vigilante, along with TV roles in The Elephant Princess (alongside future Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth) and Aussie drama City Homicide.

Her breakout role was in Neighbours

Margot's in good company - like Kylie Minogue, the Hemsworth brothers and, ahem, Kiss Kiss singer Holly Valance before her, her stint on Neighbours was the beginning of big things.

For those of you unversed in the plot of Australia's longest running and best-loved soap (with no disrespect to Home And Away), the actress played Donna Freedman. In time-honoured soap fashion, Donna didn't exactly get the smoothest of rides - her storylines included a pregnancy scare, a paternity scandal, an affair with a lecturer and being inadvertently crushed by falling scaffolding. She was also one of the first Neighbours characters to be given an official Twitter account.

Sadly, it's been inactive since 2010...

She turned heads opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street

Margot Robbie in Wolf of Wall Street
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After roles in short-lived '60s drama Pan Am and Richard Curtis' most recent Brit rom-com About Time, Margot was cast opposite Leo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street, the Martin Scorcese adaptation of the memoirs of Jordan Belfort.

Beating off competition from the likes of Jessica Biel and Olivia Wilde, Margot landed the role after getting a little carried away and slapping her co-star in her audition.

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar, she revealed: 'I walk up really close to his face and then I’m like, ‘Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever? [...] But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, Whack! I hit him in the face. And then I scream [...] And that’s not in the script at all.' It's certainly one way to make an impression...

Her turn as Nadine Belfort was enough to send her career into the stratosphere almost overnight - but understandably, her grandparents haven't seen the film. Her mother Sarrie revealed that 'for the grandparents, no, we decided it probably wouldn't be the best thing for them to see.' We can totally understand their rationale...

She was Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

Perhaps the only good thing about Suicide Squad, Robbie joined Will Smith, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto as the eerie, baseball-bat wielding Harley Quinn. Her interpretation of the character proved popular with hard-to-please comic book fans - emerging as the US's most sought-after Halloween costume in 2015 - and she's even got her own standalone sequel lined up for 2019.

Not versed in the lore of DC Comics? Harley is an accomplice and sometime girlfriend of Batman's adversary, the Joker (played in this instance by Leto).

You can watch Margot in action as Harley in the final Suicide Squad trailer below...

She Was Mary Stuart In Mary Queen Of Scots

If ever there was a pairing made in cinematic heaven, it's surely Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. In Margot's most recent film which is in cinema's now, she plays the Elizabeth I to Saoirse's Mary Stuart in a historic drama about the 1569 conflict between their two countries, the film has already received several nominations and Margot was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for the role. It's also marks the debut film for director Josie Rourke who's previous credits are in London, Manchester and Liverpool theatres.

She was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Tonya Harding

Robbie's biggest role to date was arguably in 2017's I, Tonya, in which she played infamous ice-skating champion Tonya Harding, whose fall from grace was one of the biggest scandals of the 1990s. Co-produced by the actress and her husband Tom Ackerley, it told the story of Harding from a more sympathetic view point, emphasising how she suffered at the hands of abuse her entire life - first from her violent mother, and then from her husband. With talking-to-camera scenes, dark humour and some incredible recreations of Harding's routines, it was no surprise that Robbie was nominated in the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards in February 2018, losing out out to Frances McDormand.

Her red carpet style is second to none

Have you ever seen Margot Robbie looking less than flawless? Thought not. For awards shows and premieres, she typically opts for classically glamorous styles with simple silhouettes in bold block colours or metallic tones.

Margot Robbie
At the Oscars in 2016 ©Rex

That's not to say, though, that she plays it too safe: her on-point wardrobe choices for the Legend Of Tarzan have included a kimono-style Gucci dress, pyjama inspired separates and an embellished Miu Miu gown (which very nearly resulted in a wardrobe malfunction...)

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Wearing Calvin Klein at the Met Gala 2016 ©Getty Images

As the face of Calvin Klein's Deep Euphoria fragrance, Margot has turned to the label for a number of high profile red carpet events, including the 2018 Met Gala. Along with Emma Watson and Lupita Nyong'o, the actress chose a white column dress with cut-out detailing from the brand. The sustainable design was made from organic silk as part of the Green Carpet Challenge.

If you really fancy a case of style envy, you can cast your eyes over our edit of Margot's best looks in our style file.

She lived in a house share in Clapham and loves infernos

When she first started dating her now-husband Tom Ackerley, the two lived with a group of friends in Clapham, with the actress telling The Independent in 2016: 'Everyone's wasted and so sweaty. Everyone looks a mess.

'By the time I make it to Infernos, I look so revolting that nobody's going to look twice. Leo is running around, and nobody ever knows. He would actually love it there.' the couple now live in Los Angeles.

Can I follow her on Instagram?

You can and you should! Posting under the handle @margotrobbie (obvs), her feed is a mix of glossy promo shots (showcasing that amazing hair), behind-the-scenes snaps and arty Polaroid collages. You'll also find some fun insights into her life off-screen, including this very sweet post...

This envy-inducing holiday picture...

And the time she made like every other South Londoner in summer and headed to Clapham Common to catch some sun and drink some Pimms. Can we be best pals already, please?

Who's she dating?

She prefers to keep her relationships out of the spotlight, but Margot has been married to assistant director Tom Ackerley since 2017. The couple met on the set of period drama Suite Francaise, and lived together in Shepherd's Bush before moving to Los Angeles.

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Margot Robbie with boyfriend Tom Ackerley ©Getty Images

Speaking to Vogue, the actress revealed that before meeting Ackerley, '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.'

What's next for Margot?

She's rapidly established herself as one of Hollywood's most bankable young stars, so it's no surprise that Margot's name is attached to a handful of exciting projects.

In 2019 we can expect to see her return to the big screen as Sharon Tate in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and it's rumored that she might be reprising her role as Harley Quinn in some upcoming Suicide Squad sequels. She's also confirmed to play the role of Barbie in a film that according to IMDB will be set in 'Barbieworld' which her character is cast out of for not being perfect enough before she sets off into the real world for an adventure. Where do we get advance tickets?

Margot Robbie's filmography: our Top Five

Queen Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scots: In cinemas now

Tonya in I, Tonya: Stream I, Tonya now with Amazon Video or buy on Amazon

Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad: Stream Suicide Squad now with Amazon Videoorbuy on Amazon

Tanya Vanderpoel in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Stream Whiskey Tango Foxtrot now with Amazon Video or buy on Amazon

Jess in Focus: Buy Focus now on Amazon

Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf Of Wall Street: Stream The Wolf Of Wall Street now with Amazon Video or buy now from Amazon

Celine in Suite Francaise: Watch Suite Francaise online now with Amazon Prime (30 days free) or buy on Amazon

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