In 2008, Queensland-born Margot Robbie started playing teenager Donna Freedman on Neighbours; ten years later, she’s an Oscar nominee.
Robbie – who earnt her Best Actress nomination playing Tonya Harding in I, Tonya – has enjoyed an unstoppable run since 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street (playing Jordan Belfort’s wife Naomi Lapaglia). Robbie starred in Z for Zachariah, Focus with Will Smith, Suite Française, The Big Short (playing herself), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The Legend of Tarzan, Suicide Squad, I, Tonya, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Peter Rabbit and Mary Queen of Scots. While Suicide Squad was widely condemned, Robbie’s reputation was unscathed, reinventing the classic Batman villain Harley Quinn for a young audience.
If Robbie wins, she’ll join other Australian Best Actress winners Nicole Kidman (2002), Cate Blanchett (2013) and Best Actor winners Peter Finch (1976), Geoffrey Rush (1996) and New Zealand-born Russell Crowe (2000).
Crowe also appeared on Neighbours in 1987.