Born July 2nd, 1990, Margot Robbie grew up on Australia’s Gold Coast, splitting her 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. During her first year as an actress, she landed roles in films ICU and Vigilante, as well as appearing in various television commercials and landing the guest role of Caitlin Brentford in the second season of City Homicide.
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 spends most weekends on the Gold Coast, visiting family. 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. Having only been on Australian television for a few months, the role clearly establishes her as a recognisable, new personality nominated for “Best New Female Talent” at the Australian Logies. She has also filled the “Generation Y” guest spot on the Network Ten show “Talking Bout’ Your Generation” & was a Youth Ambassador for missing persons as part of National Youth Week.
She left Neighbours in 2010 and set off to pursue Hollywood opportunities, she tried out for the new show “Charlies Angels” but the producers thought she was better suited to play the role of Laura Cameron in the ABC Drama “Pan Am” in which she started filming mid 2011. After its first season, Unfortunately in May 2012 ABC officially cancelled the show, deciding not to re-new it for a second season.
She moved onto her next project, a small role in a movie named “About Time” released in 2013, working along side the likes of Rachel McAdams & Domhnall Gleeson. She found her big break when she was cast to appear in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. The Wolf of Wall Street was released on 25 December 2013 to positive reviews and became a commercial success and for her performance as Jordan Belfort’s wife Naomi Lapaglia, Robbie was praised by critics. She received a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. She won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer.
In 2014 she had another small role in the movie Suite française (2015) alongside Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts, an adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s novel.
In 2015, Robbie starred opposite Will Smith in romantic dark comedy film Focus. Robbie received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Robbie then 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. 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.
The movies kept coming in 2016 when she starred as Jane Porter in David Yates’s Tarzan opposite Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Waltz. Robbie also joined Tina Fey in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” which is the film adaptation of The Taliban Shuffle. She played Tanya, a competing reporter alongside Fey’s character. She was approached by Warner Brothers for the upcoming 2016 DC Comics supervillain film Suicide Squad, it was confirmed that she would star as Harley Quinn. She also then hosted the season 42 premiere of Saturday Night Live on 1 October. Calvin Klein announced Robbie would be the face of their newest women’s fragrance Deep Euphoria.
Robbie married long time boyfriend Tom Ackerley in a private ceremony in Byron Bay, Australia, at the end of 2016. Rumours have been circtulating about the chance of starting a family in the near future.
Robbie has been cast in Vaughn Stein’s thriller film Terminal as Annie. In 2017, she started filming I, Tonya, where she portrays American figure skater Tonya Harding, written by Steven Rogers and directed by Craig Gillespie. She was scheduled to voice a character in the 2018 DreamWorks Animation Larrikins, before the project was cancelled in March. However she will voice a character in the animated/live-action Peter Rabbit film adaptation. Margot’s next film about the life of Author, A.A Milne, who wrote the “Winnie the Pooh” childrens books was released later in 2017.
She has been cast as Maid Marian in Marian, and is also to portray Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots. She also scored a production deal with Warner Brothers to reprise her role as Harley Quinn in a spin-off film, “Gotham City Sirens” with David Ayer as director, who also directed “Suicide Squad”.
She also began promoting Nissan electric vehicles in 2017.