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Overview (3)

Born in Dalby, Queensland, Australia
Birth NameMargot Elise Robbie
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in Mudgeeraba, Queensland, Australia, a suburb in the Gold Coast hinterland of South East Queensland, where she and her siblings were raised by their mother and spent much of her time at the farm belonging to her grandparents. In her late teens, she moved to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to pursue an acting career.

From 2008-2010, Robbie played the character of Donna Freedman in the long-running Australian soap opera, Neighbours (1985), for which she was nominated for two Logie Awards. She set off to pursue Hollywood opportunities, quickly landing the role of Laura Cameron on the short-lived ABC series, Pan Am (2011). She made her big screen debut in the film, About Time (2013).

Robbie rose to fame co-starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, portraying the role of Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese's Oscar nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). She was nominated for a Breakthrough Performance MTV Movie Award, and numerous other awards.

In 2014, Robbie founded her own production company, LuckyChap Entertainment. She also appeared in the World War II romantic-drama film, Suite Française (2014). She starred in Focus (2015) and Z for Zachariah (2015), and made a cameo in The Big Short (2015).

In 2016, she married Tom Ackerley in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

She starred as Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Tanya Vanderpoel in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) and as DC comics villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016), for which she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, and many other awards.

She portrayed figure skater Tonya Harding in the biographical film I, Tonya (2017), receiving critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (1)

Tom Ackerley (19 December 2016 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Striking blue eyes

Trivia (77)

Featured in Inside Film magazine's 2012 Rising Talent issue. The special feature profiled 25 rising young Australian actors including Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Adelaide Clemens and David Ludlow.
Is the third of four children of Doug Robbie and Sarie Kessler.
Ranked #22 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2014 list.
Is a fan of the New York Rangers hockey team. The first placed she lived when she moved to America was New York.
Was originally cast as Penelope Lanier in A Bigger Splash (2015) but dropped out to do The Legend of Tarzan (2016) instead. She was replaced by Dakota Johnson.
Was voted "Sexiest Eyes" by Victoria's Secret's annual What is Sexy List (2015).
Counts True Romance (1993) as one of her all-time favorite movies.
Met her boyfriend and current husband Tom Ackerley on the set of Suite Française (2014) in 2013 and they have been in a relationship since then until their marriage. He was the third assistant director on that film.
Robbie learned to hold her breath for up to five minutes while filming Suicide Squad (2016).
She took three shots of tequila prior to filming her sex scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
She had a chunk of her right eyebrow shaved off by Suicide Squad (2016) director David Ayer on the first day of filming the super-villains film.
She turned down the role of Sam Thomson in the Oscar-winning film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014). The role ultimately went to Emma Stone which earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Robbie began dabbling in the world of tattooing while filming Suicide Squad (2016). In addition to giving fellow cast members a tattoo reading "SKWAD" (which she accidentally misspelled as SWKAD), she has given over 20 tattoos including one she gave herself. During filming, she opened Harley's Tattoo Parlour and gave tattoos to fellow cast members, members of the crew, and director David Ayer.
Is often more than a full decade younger than her male romantic counterpart; Alexander Skarsgård was 13 years older than Robbie when they played opposite in The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Leonardo DiCaprio was 15 years her senior in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), while Will Smith was more than 20 years older than her, when she played his love interest in Focus (2015).
She did not need to submit a demo reel or audition for the role of Harley Quinn (aka Dr. Harleen Quinzel) in Suicide Squad (2016) because this was offered to her.
She performed a majority of the stunts in Suicide Squad (2016) herself. Director David Ayer stated that her stunt double spent more time sitting around in the trailers than actually performing stunts because Robbie wanted to do them herself.
She had auditioned for the role of Sue Storm in Fantastic Four (2015), but the role was given to Kate Mara instead. Robbie was later cast as Harley Quinn (aka Dr. Harleen Quinzel) in Suicide Squad (2016).
Director David Ayer said during San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 that it was a blessing to have Robbie on board as Harley Quinn because not many actresses would have tolerated what she went through to prepare for and perform the role.
Robbie did not go through any sort of rehearsal process, with Jared Leto, for Suicide Squad (2016). She and director David Ayer felt not going through rehearsals added to the unpredictability and madness of Harley Quinn and the Joker.
After shooting for Suicide Squad (2016) ended, Robbie kept the jacket worn by Harley Quinn and her baseball bat.
Robbie began training six months prior to shooting Suicide Squad (2016). Her training routine included gymnastics, boxing, weapons training, aerial silk training, and learning to hold her breath underwater for extended periods of time.
Robbie's role as Donna Freedman in the Australian soap opera Neighbours (1985), was only supposed to be a guest role. The series writers and production were so impressed with her that she quickly became a series regular. She appeared on the series from 2008-2011.
Robbie refused to lose weight for the role of Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and has said she would rather focus on being healthy than being skinny.
She dressed up as James Franco's character from Spring Breakers (2012) for Halloween, complete with cornrows.
Her favorite professional sports team is the New York Rangers and the New Orleans Saints.
Her younger brother, Cameron Robbie, felt inspired to pursue acting after seeing the success his older sister was able to achieve. Her older brother, Lachlan Robbie, also works in the film industry as a stuntman.
While living in London, Robbie attended a party with Suicide Squad (2016) co-star Cara Delevingne and unknowingly took a photobooth photo with Prince Harry of Wales. She mistook him for British singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran.
Robbie bought her tattoo gun on eBay.
She refers to her huge fan base as "Robbers".
She named the rat that Jared Leto gifted her "Rat-Rat".
Robbie's character, Donna Freedman, on Neighbours (1985) was one of the first bisexual characters portrayed on Australian television. She even shared an on-screen kiss with female co-star, Hany Lee. The portrayal of Robbie's character was criticized by the Australian Family Association for normalizing same-sex relationships.
Robbie is a natural brunette, but started sporting blonde hair after this became apparent that the film industry preferred blonde actresses.
She has an older sister named Anya Robbie, an older brother named Lachlan Robbie, and a younger brother named Cameron Robbie. She and her siblings were raised by a single mother with minimal contact from their father.
She was roommates with Christina Ricci, while filming the short-lived ABC series Pan Am (2011).
Despite a growing net worth, Robbie does not spent a great deal of her money and prefers to live with roommates to save money. She claims growing up knowing what it was like to not have access to everything is continually humbling for her.
She worked three jobs simultaneously while studying at Somerset College in Queensland including retail, secretary work, selling surfboards, and making sandwiches at Subway. After graduating at age 17, she moved to Melbourne to pursue acting full-time.
She got her first two film roles in Vigilante (2008) and I.C.U. (2009) without an agent.
Upon leaving the Australian soap opera Neighbours (1985), Robbie wanted to have her character killed in a dramatic way. Instead, the series writers chose to send her character to college, so she had the option to return to the series in case her move to the United States was unsuccessful.
She turned down an offer to pose for Playboy magazine citing she won't go nude unless it's for artistic purposes.
She has been characterized as a tomboy because she likes surfing, riding motorcycles and DIY (Do it yourself).
She had taken circus classes when she was 8 years old in Australia and earned a trapeze certificate at the age of eight. She revisited the skill for her role as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016).
She gave columnist Jonathan Van Meter a "V" tattoo, during her interview for the May 2016 issue of Vogue magazine.
Robbie was backpacking in Europe when she got the call for a final audition with Will Smith for Focus (2015). She went from the island of Hvar to Croatia to Paris to New York City in 48 hours to arrive with just hours to spare. The airline lost her luggage along the way, so she had to buy brand new outfits just before the audition.
In 2014, she started a production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, with Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, and her childhood friend Sophia Kerr. Kerr also serves as her personal assistant.
Robbie describes her origins in Dalby, Queensland as simple, outdoorsy and very rural.
She likes to send friends and family letters and postcards from around the world because she thinks people don't get enough mail that isn't a bill.
She moved to California to begin auditioning for film roles, five days after her Neighbours (1985) contract ended.
She used a portion of her The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) paycheck to pay off her mother's home mortgage.
Robbie originally auditioned for a role in the Charlie's Angels reboot, but was offered a role in Pan Am (2011), instead.
To prepare for her role as Dr. Harleen Quinzel in Suicide Squad (2016), she researched Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) testing to understand how mental illnesses are diagnosed. She used the information gathered from the testing to try and apply it to her reactions and how she dealt with a character like the Joker.
Robbie signed a first-look partnership deal with Warner Bros. in September 2016. The deal includes upcoming films from her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, including a Harley Quinn spin-off for the DC Extended Universe and Queen of the Air.
There is a 19-year age difference between Robbie and her Suicide Squad (2016) co-star, Jared Leto. They portray the iconic DC Comics super-villain couple, Harley Quinn and the Joker.
She confirmed in September 2016 that she is executive producing and starring in a Harley Quinn spin-off movie for the DC Extended Universe. Robbie had lobbied for the project at Warner Bros. since filming wrapped for Suicide Squad (2016) in 2015.
Robbie was revealed as the face of the Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria fragrance campaign. [June 2016]
Although Robbie tattooed a majority of the cast of Suicide Squad (2016), she did not perform tattoos on Will Smith or Jared Leto.
In order to prepare for the role of Harley Quinn, she researched relationship codependency and treated Harley's relationship to the Joker as an addiction.
Robbie moved from her shared house in London, England to Los Angeles, California. [November 2016]
Paul Dini, the creator of Harley Quinn, thought very highly of Margot's performance in Suicide Squad (2016). In his own words, she "nailed it perfectly".
Robbie spoke with a Brooklyn accent in both The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Suicide Squad (2016). Her character, Naomi Lapaglia, originated from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, while Harley Quinn's comic book origins put her a few neighborhoods over in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
She attended a Slipknot concert while she was still a series regular on the Australian soap opera Neighbours (1985). She was surprised to see how many fans of the metal group recognized her and asked her about the series.
She enjoys surfing and worked at a surf shop on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia prior to becoming an actress.
Robbie spent over three hours in the makeup chair to be transformed into Harley Quinn for Suicide Squad (2016). Her physical transformation included She having her skin painted white, applying 20 temporary tattoos, applying Harley Quinn's wig, and actually getting into her costume.
Robbie hosted the 42nd season premiere of Saturday Night Live (1975) on October 1, 2016, with the musical guest, The Weeknd.
She appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's 20th Anniversary Hollywood Edition, alongside George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Léa Seydoux, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, and her Suicide Squad (2016) co-star, Jared Leto.
Her mother, Sarie, gave her away at her wedding due to her estrangement from her father, Doug. Her sister, Anya, served as her maid of honor.
In 2013, she met her boyfriend, Tom Ackerley, on the set of Suite Française (2014), who was working as the third assistant director. They married on December 19, 2016 in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
Merited a place in Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" issue with an homage written by Martin Scorsese. [May 2017]
Has been tied up and had her mouth gagged in four separate movies: I.C.U. (2009), Focus (2015), The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016).
She learned how to skate for three months to film I, Tonya (2017). Since stunt doubles couldn't be relied upon and only 8 women in history have landed the triple axel jump in competition, CGI was used to replicate it.
Has three tattoos: an anchor on her ankle, a smile face under her foot, and "skwad" on her foot.
She always carries a quartz with her for luck that her mother gave her.
Her brother, Cameron Robbie of Clan Donnachaidh, is a television presenter and sometimes he is assigned to interview her.
She was Josh Trank's first choice for the role of Sue Storm in Fantastic Four (2015) but the studio cast Kate Mara instead.
Is of Scottish and German descent.
Is an amateur tattoo artist and has given over a hundred to different people.
Of Clan Donnachaidh or of Clan Drummond.
Of Clan Donnachaidh.

Personal Quotes (39)

When you look at movies, the lead girl is always gorgeous and thin. There is a stereotype that you need to look a certain way and when you get in the business you really feel the pressure.
I was always very dramatic - my family would probably use the word 'dramatic' - as a child; always putting on performances, making everyone come watch, and pay to watch. I was very business-savvy as a child.
I love flying so much. I even like airplane food. No one bothers you and your phone never goes off and you can't have emails go through. It's undisturbed.
Certainly, there's a huge appeal to the '60s, because it was such a big turning point to everyone. It was the era of change, the boiling point. People rebelled against things - the hippies, the feminists, the protesters. All these things just built up and boiled over. I think people can relate to that today.
The '60s are my favorite decade - with the Cold War, the women's movement. And then there's the music, the fashion, the clothes, the hair.
New York is the coolest city. The place just never sleeps. It's amazing.
It's fascinating to see how versatile New York City is. It lends itself to being so many different places!
I kind of left everyone behind in Australia - all my friends and my family and I had to break up with my boyfriend.
I just try to keep healthy more so than trying to be thin.
Every time I see a piano, I have this urge to play it.
You know, it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it, so... It was a nightmare!
[on achieving such rapid fame in Hollywood] It was a bit weird to begin with. I hadn't ever met a famous person before. I had no idea what this business, industry, or job could be like.
[on Harley Quinn] The comics are rad. I hadn't read any growing up, but now I'm obsessed. I read them in my own time. We went to Comic-Con this year and I didn't get to be in and amongst it because we were shooting, but the energy is insane. People are nuts. I could go as Harley Quinn in the actual costume from the movie, and somebody there would have a better one.
[on dating Tom 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. 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.
I think I could handle the partying side of being a war correspondent but I couldn't imagine what it would be like to live in a war zone on a daily basis. It's a very difficult and dangerous job and I have so much admiration for the journalists who are able to handle that life on a daily basis.
[on her Queensland, Australia origins] I had no idea I was living in a state that gets laughed at until I moved to Melbourne. And then someone was like "Ohrrr, yar from Queensland, eh? You put 'Eh?' on the end of your sentences because you're all a bit slow." And I was like "Is this a thing? That Queensland is the dumb state?". It's so embarrassing.
[on going to red carpet events] I think I enjoy the getting ready part more than the actual event, to be honest. If I dress like this, people don't look twice. It's as soon as I put on makeup and a dress and have my hair done - I can't get ten meters without being recognized.
I think nudity for the sake of nudity is shameful. If they've put it in just so that a girl gets her top off, then that's disgusting. And you can always tell. But I also think it's disgusting when someone would have got naked in real life, in the film they conveniently leave their bra on, or hold up the bed sheet. Seeing someone being choreographed into being covered up irritates me just as much. The whole point of Naomi [Lapaglia] is that her body is her only form of currency in this world. So when Marty was trying to help me out, and said in the scene where she seduces Jordan perhaps I could have a robe on, I said she wouldn't. She has to be naked. She's laying her cards on the table.
[on being labeled a bombshell] I'm not very thrilled with being labeled that way. It minimizes your work in a film like that where you're working with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. I don't want to be reduced to the clichés that come with being called sexy or a blonde bombshell. I want to keep looking for roles where the main interest will be in the character itself; her importance in driving a story forward rather than her relationship with the male character. But I think films like The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Focus (2015) gave me a chance to play very charismatic and clever women - even though they do have a glamorous side.
[on reading for the role of Naomi Lapaglia] When I first read it, I thought, I have nothing in common with her. I hate her. It was a really tricky one to get my head around. But her motivation was "You guys are doing it - why shouldn't I? It's this man's world, and I'm going to get mine." And I understand that.
[on playing Harley Quinn] Yeah, I guess it's intimidating because there's obviously a lot of people I want to please, and a character I have to do justice. But it's a challenge, I'm definitely up for it, and hopefully I don't disappoint.
[on auditioning for American network television] You have to audition in front of the network. It's called a test, and they test, say, three to six actors for a role. You are in front of a panel of network executives, and the show-runner, and all that, in a room with a spotlight. It's horrible, the most intimidating process ever. And you have to sign your contract before they test; you sign on to do seven years before you even know if you've got the part. They don't want to waste time testing people who will turn around and say, "I'm worth a million dollars an episode.".
[on taking roles requiring an American accent] I spent two years learning about the muscles in your mouth and bone structures and resonators and all that, so I had a good foundation.
I had told my mom that I had paid off her mortgage. That was something when I first started working and I was making money, I was speaking with a business manager and they said, 'you should invest your money. What do you want to do with it?' And I said, first thing is I want to pay off my mom's mortgage. They said it was going to be a long time before I could afford to do that, but that's what we worked towards. Every couple of months I'd check in, 'do we have enough yet?' And then eventually he was like, you can afford to pay your mom's mortgage. We did all the paperwork and stuff and it was a big secret to be sitting on for so long. But yeah, it was definitely one of the best moments of my life. It's like, what any kid dreams of being able to do for your parent and I feel very lucky that I actually had the opportunity to do that.
[on doing nudity] It's not just with doing a naked scene, but any scene where you feel like you're going to make a fool of yourself. I just say, "You gotta go all out, you need to fully commit to this." Because if you half-ass it, it will look so stupid. But if you do it with complete conviction, often times you can pull it off.
[on giving tattoos] I spelled one wrong. That's definitely the worst. I spelled a word wrong. No going back on that, really.
I would like to be a strong woman. I don't always feel it, for sure.
[on watching The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) with her family] It was a bit odd. We had a screening and I didn't really think it through and suddenly I was sitting there and I was like "Oh my God, my brother is there, this is going to be so weird." It was cool with most family members, but afterwards my older brother Lachlan had the world's most awkward conversation. He tried to say congratulations and we tried to hug it out, but it was just so weird. I was like "You know what? We don't have to talk for a couple days now.".
[on hitting Leonardo DiCaprio, during her audition for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)] I thought I was going to get arrested. I was like "That was the dumbest thing you've ever done!" You're going to jail now, or getting sued. And what are you going to do? We were doing a scene. We were improvising and I got a bit caught up in the moment, and it wasn't scripted, but I was screaming at him and I hit him in the face. Instead of just saying a line, which I'm sure would have been good enough, but I took it a step too far. And then, of course, as soon as I'd done it I was swiftly taken out of the scene and I thought, "Oh my gosh, what have you just done?".
[on why she departed Neighbours (1985)] I didn't want to play the same role for too long of a time. Because I could already tell within myself that I was starting to play myself a little bit, and I didn't think I was going to grow as an actor if I just started reacting the way I would in real life. So I wanted to go to America because there was just more opportunity.
There's no one more genuinely likeable than Will Smith.
[on what advice she would give Harley Quinn] Find your love elsewhere. Look to your girls, your girl gang. You gotta find your love in the good places. Don't look for it in the bad places.
[on doing sex scenes in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)] Actually, I hadn't done a proper sex scene before. I'd done scenes where it's leading into sex or sex has just finished, but I hadn't done a start-to-finish sex scene like I did in "Wolf". That was my first.
[after hearing descriptions of herself] Wow! Well, they clearly haven't met me in person. But thank you for the ego boost for the day. That was exceptionally kind.
[on perfecting an American accent] The one word that trips me up is "home". I don't know if that's a psychological thing or a mechanical thing. It's the vowel, especially since I'm from Queensland and don't have the most rounded accent to begin with.
[on preparing for the role of Dr. Harleen Quinzel] I ended up looking into MMPI testings. It's a test that psychologists use to determine what mental illness people might have. It's a list of 500 questions or something. Whenever we had time to rehearse or improvise, or even in the scenes, I'd just start with those questions. Some of them are basic, and some of them are not. I'd see which ones would catch him off guard, how he'd react, and I'd be like "Okay, I'm gonna go for this tactic now. It's a lot of trial and error. It's kinda like when your friend is doing something stupid in a relationship, and you're just so frustrated. You're like 'What are you doing? Why?". I landed upon codependency as the tact to take... It's like a compulsion, I suppose. When you start looking at it the way an alcoholic is compelled, you know, needs to have a drink. You think of it in those terms, like it's an actual psychological problem, which codependency actually is.
[on working after The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)] I was worried that people would be expecting too much of me now, like "If Scorsese cast her in a film, she must be brilliant!" Instead of having the chance to surprise people, I was worried that I'd disappoint them.
[on playing Harley Quinn] To me, there's always two characters. There's Harleen Quinzel and there's Harley Quinn. There are moments where Harleen takes over and that's when she can be rational, and then Harley takes over and that's the more erratic side.
I know that my look is more "toothpaste model" as opposed to artsy, which sucks because I can play those roles.

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