Margot Robbie has a new movie coming out, but you might not recognize her from the trailer. The Australian actress is starring as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scots, alongside Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as her rival and fellow queen Mary Stuart.
Robbie underwent a dramatic transformation to portray Elizabeth, donning prosthetics, white makeup, and elaborate wig to bring the distinctive Tudor queen to life on screen. The costume was so convincing that Robbie said the crew treated her differently on set.
Robbie’s movie roles before Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots is just the latest starring role for the 28-year-old actress. She won rave reviews – and an Oscar nod – for her portrayal of figure skater Tonya Harding in last year’s I, Tonya. Before that, she made a big impression as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
While she stars now in big-budget Hollywood films, Robbie’s first film was pretty under-the-radar. In 2008, she made her debut in the little-seen Australian film Vigilante. The revenge-thriller has just a 25% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Her second movie was another Aussie thriller, this one called I.C.U., from the same director as Vigilante.
Following her big-screen debut, Robbie spent several years working mostly in TV, with roles in the Australian soap opera Neighbours and the short-lived TV series Pan Am. Her first Hollywood movie was a small part in About Time, a 2013 movie starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleason.
The Wolf of Wall Street and Hollywood stardom
Though she’d been working as an actress for years, it was The Wolf of Wall Street that really caused people to sit up and take notice of Margot Robbie. She played the wife of corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in the Martin Scorcese film.
She followed up The Wolf of Wall Street with a small part in the World War II period drama Suite Francaise, which starred Michelle Williams, and Z for Zachariah, a sci-fi drama about a small group of people who’ve survived a nuclear apocalypse.
In 2015, Robbie starred opposite Will Smith in Focus and had a cameo in The Big Short, where she explained finance terms while drinking champagne in a bubble bath. The next year, she appeared in the comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with Tina Fey, brought the character of Jane to life in The Legend of Tarzan, and wreaked havoc as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
I, Tonya and an Oscar nomination
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya | Clubhouse Pictures
Last year, Robbie wowed audiences in I, Tonya, where she played former Olympic skater Tonya Harding. She spent months learning to skate for the role, and eventually earned an Oscar nomination for her performance.
Other recent roles include writer AA Milne’s wife in Goodbye Christopher Robin, the voice of Flopsy in Peter Rabbit, Terminal, and Slaughterhouse Rulez.
Margot Robbie’s upcoming movies
Critics are already predicting that Robbie could score another Oscar nomination for Mary, Queen of Scots. If she’s nominated – and wins – she’d become the third actress to take home an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth. In the meantime, she has plenty of upcoming films on her plate.
She’ll lend her voice to The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part as Harley Quinn. She’ll also play Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also on the horizon are two more period pieces: Dreamland, set during the Great Depression, and Ruin, a thriller that takes place during WWII. All four will hit theaters in 2019.
Beyond 2019, audiences could see Robbie star in a movie inspired by the iconic Barbie doll. She’s also attached to Marian, a move about the character from the Robin Hood legend. But her most-anticipated upcoming movie might be Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The upcoming stand-alone Harley Quinn movie is due out in 2020.
Mary, Queen of Scots opens in theaters December 7.
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