Elizabeth Debicki

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Elizabeth Debicki

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Elizabeth Debicki
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Elizabeth Debicki, 2016
Born (1990-08-24) 24 August 1990 (age 26)
Paris, France
Nationality Australian
Other names Liz Debicki
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Victorian College of the Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]

Elizabeth Debicki (born 24 August 1990[2]) is an Australian actress. After making her feature film debut in A Few Best Men (2011), she appeared in The Great Gatsby (2013) for which she won the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and starred in the Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert (2013/14) for which she received a nomination for the 14th Helpmann Awards.

Early life[edit]

Debicki was born in Paris, France, to a Polish father and an Australian mother of Irish descent.[3][4][5][6] Her parents were both ballet dancers.[7] When she was five, the family moved to Melbourne, Australia.[4][8] The eldest of three children, she has a younger sister and a brother.[9]

Debicki became interested in ballet at an early age and trained as a dancer until deciding to switch to theatre.[10][11] A student at Huntingtower School in eastern Melbourne, she achieved two perfect study scores in Drama and English and was the school’s dux when she graduated in 2007.[12] In 2010, she completed a degree in drama at the University of Melbourne‘s Victorian College of the Arts.[3][10] In August 2009, she was the recipient of a Richard Pratt Bursary for outstanding acting students in their second year of training.[13]

Debicki is 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) tall.[1]

Career[edit]

Debicki, January 2013

Debicki made her film debut with a brief appearance in the 2011 film A Few Best Men. After seeing Debicki’s audition reel, director Baz Luhrmann flew her to auditions in Los Angeles.[2] In May 2011, Luhrmann announced that she had been cast as Jordan Baker in his 2013 film The Great Gatsby.[14][15] In December 2012, Debicki was the subject of a photo shoot for Vogue Australia.[16][17]

From June to July 2013,[18] Debicki played Madame in the Sydney Theatre Company‘s production of Jean Genet‘s play The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert.[19] She won the best newcomer award at the Sydney Theatre Awards.[20] Debicki appears in a 13-minute short film, Godel, Incomplete,[21] and appeared as a guest star in the third season of the Australian TV series Rake.[22] She played the villain in the Guy Ritchie-directed film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015).[23] She learned to drive on the set.[7] In 2015, Debicki had supporting roles in Justin Kurzel‘s adaptation of Macbeth[24] and Everest.

Debicki plays the lead in an eight-hour television series, The Kettering Incident,[25] and a supporting role, Jed, in the miniseries The Night Manager.[26] She was then cast in the film The Tale.[9]

Credits[edit]

Stage[edit]

Year Production Role Theatre Notes
2010 The Gift (Murray-Smith) Chloë Melbourne Theatre Company World premiere, opposite Matthew Dyktynski, directed by Maria Aitken[27][28]
2013
2014
The Maids (Genet) Madame Sydney Theatre Company
New York City Center
With Cate Blanchett as Claire, Isabelle Huppert as Solange[18]
Sydney Theatre Awards: Best Newcomer
Nominated—Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
2016 The Red Barn (Hare) Mona Sanders Lyttelton Theatre Based on Georges Simenon‘s novel The Man on the Bench in the Barn; with Mark Strong and Hope Davis[29]

Film[edit]

Debicki, January 2012

Year Title Role Notes
2011 A Few Best Men Maureen
2013 The Great Gatsby Jordan Baker AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—2014 Empire Award for Best Newcomer
Gödel, Incomplete Serita Short film
2015 Macbeth Lady Macduff
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Victoria Vinciguerra
Everest Dr. Caroline Mackenzie
2017 Breath Eva Post-production
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Ayesha
God Particle TBA Post-production
The Tale Mrs. G Post-production
2018 Peter Rabbit TBA Filming
Widows TBA Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Rake Missy TV series; guest star
2016 The Kettering Incident Dr. Anna Macy TV series
The Night Manager Jed Marshall TV miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Association Category Result
2014 The Great Gatsby Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
Empire Best Female Newcomer Nominated
Australian Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
The Maids Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Nominated
2016 The Night Manager Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Nominated
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