Childhood & Early Life
Margot Robbie was born on 2 July 1990, in Dalby, Queensland, Australia. She grew up in Gold Coast and moved to Melbourne in her teenage years to pursue acting professionally.
Her mother, Sarie Kessler is a physiotherapist, and her father Doug Robbie, is a sugarcane tycoon. Her father left them when she was an infant and hence her relationship with her father is strained.
She, along with her three siblings, was raised by her mother and grandparents in their farm. She has an older brother Lachlan, younger brother Cameron and a sister, Anya.
She has worked in the farm and even did three jobs at the age of 16 to support her family. She loved spending her free time surfing or hunting wild pigs on the farm.
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Margot Robbie started her acting career in 2007 with two independent Australian films directed by Aash Aaron. While the action feature film 'Vigilante' was released in 2008, the thriller film 'I.C.U.' was not released until 2009.
In 2008, she appeared as a guest in two episodes of the Australian children's television series 'The Elephant Princess'. The same year, she also made guest appearance in another TV series, 'City Homicide', and worked on a number of commercials.
Her first big break also came in the form of a guest role initially. In June 2008, she appeared as Donna Freedman on the Australian soap opera 'Neighbours'. However, her performance impressed the producers enough to make her role a regular one. She appeared on the show till January 2011. She returned to the series in 2015 for a special documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of the show.
In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Hollywood career, and auditioned for the new series of 'Charlie's Angels'. Instead, she was offered the role of Laura Cameron, a newly trained flight attendant, in the ABC drama series 'Pan Am'.
She got her first big movie role in 2012, in the romantic comedy film 'About Time'. The movie, which released in 2013, featured Robbie alongside stars like Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.
In June 2012, she was cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio by iconic American director Martin Scorsese in the movie 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. The film, which released the next year, was a box-office hit and received five Academy Award nominations.
Her next movie, 'Focus', a romantic crime comedy, came in 2015. She acted opposite Will Smith in the movie and received accolades from the critics. The same year, she was cast in the lead role of Ann Burden in the science fiction movie 'Z for Zachariah'.
In 2015, she worked with Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts in the movie 'Suite Française'. In December that year, she made a guest appearance as herself in the movie 'The Big Short'.
The film 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' was Robbie's first release in 2016. She played Tanya Vanderpoel, a British TV journalist, in the movie, which was a film adaptation of the book 'The Taliban Shuffle'.
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It was followed by the action adventure film 'The Legend of Tarzan', which released in July, and co-starred Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. She played the female lead, Jane Porter.
In 2016, she played another major role, Harley Quinn, in the blockbuster supervillain movie, 'Suicide Squad'. The film, which starred actors like Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman, received criticism for its muddled plot, but Robbie's performance charmed most critics.
Seeing the positive reaction that her portrayal of the character of Harley Quinn received, Warner Bros. has already booked her to reprise her role in the spin-off movie, 'Gotham City Sirens'. She is also producing the upcoming movie.
She has been cast in the upcoming thriller film 'Terminal', scheduled to release in 2017. She will portray the lead character in the biographical sports drama 'I, Tonya'. Another biopic, based on 'Dangerous Odds', the memoir of Marisa Lankester, will also have her in the lead role.
She is slated to lend her voice in two animation movies, 'Larrikins' and 'Peter Rabbit'. The movies will release in 2018.
Margot Robbie got recognition for her role in the critically and commercially successful movie, 'The Wolf of Wall Street', in which she played Leonardo DiCaprio's wife. The film grossed $392 million worldwide, becoming director Scorsese's highest-grossing film.
She is best known for playing the role of the DC villain Harley Quinn in the movie 'Suicide Squad'. The movie was successful at the box office, grossing a worldwide total of $745.6 million. While the film disappointed many critics, Robbie's performance was praised and earned her awards and nominations.