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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. She has also appeared in the films Macbeth (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Widows (2018).

Elizabeth Debicki
Elizabeth Debicki by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Debicki at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016
Born (1990-08-24) 24 August 1990 (age 28)
Paris, France
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Victorian College of the Arts
Years active2011–present
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]


Early lifeEdit

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 Glen Waverley in Melbourne, Australia.[4][8] The eldest of three children, she has a younger sister and a brother.[9][10]

Debicki became interested in ballet at an early age and trained as a dancer until deciding to switch to theatre.[11][12] 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.[13] In 2010, she completed a degree in drama at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts.[3][11] In August 2009, she was the recipient of a Richard Pratt Bursary for outstanding acting students in their second year of training.[14]

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


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.[15][16] In December 2012, Debicki was the subject of a photo shoot for Vogue Australia.[17][18]

From June to July 2013,[19] Debicki played Madame in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Jean Genet's play The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert.[20] She won the best newcomer award at the Sydney Theatre Awards.[21] Debicki appears in a 13-minute short film, "Gödel, Incomplete",[22] and appeared as a guest star in the third season of the Australian TV series Rake.[23] She played the villain in the Guy Ritchie-directed film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015).[24] She learned to drive on the set.[7] In 2015, Debicki had supporting roles in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Macbeth[25] and Everest.

Debicki plays the lead in an eight-hour television series, The Kettering Incident,[26] and a supporting role, Jed, in the miniseries The Night Manager.[27] She was then cast in the film The Tale.[9] In May 2017 she portrayed the role of Ayesha, the leader of the Sovereign people in the MCU movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. She will return for its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.[28] Debicki also appeared in the film The Cloverfield Paradox, released on Netflix in February 2018, as Mina Jensen.



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 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Ayesha
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Haban Limaï Voice
Breath Eva
2018 The Tale Jane Gramercy
The Cloverfield Paradox Mina Jensen
Peter Rabbit Mopsy Voice
Widows Alice
Vita and Virginia Virginia Woolf [29]
2019 The Burnt Orange Heresy Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Rake Missy Episode #3.3
2016 The Kettering Incident Dr. Anna Macy 8 episodes
The Night Manager Jed Marshall TV miniseries; 6 episodes
2019 Lovecraft Country Christina Braithwhite Main role


Year Production Role Theatre Notes
2010 The Gift (Murray-Smith) Chloë Melbourne Theatre Company World premiere, opposite Matthew Dyktynski, directed by Maria Aitken[30][31]
The Maids (Genet) Madame Sydney Theatre Company
New York City Center
With Cate Blanchett as Claire, Isabelle Huppert as Solange[19]
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[32]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b Aftab, Kaleem (8 March 2016). "Elizabeth Debicki on The Night Manager, Bond girls, and being very tall". The Independent. Retrieved 29 March 2016. But she would grow up to be 6'2“
  2. ^ a b Hardie, Giles; Hornery, Andrew (20 August 2011). "Leo sweeps into Sydney". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Baz Luhrmann casts VCA graduate Elizabeth Debicki in The Great Gatsby". University of Melbourne. 25 May 2011. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b Blake, Elissa (19 May 2013). "From Paris with love". The Age. Archived from the original on 2 September 2014.
  5. ^ Cantelo, Sigourney (6 November 2012). "Our fair ladies: how to maintain pale skin". Vogue Australia. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013.
  6. ^ Bakker, Tiffany (9 August 2015). "Aussie starlet Elizabeth Debicki almost missed out on her biggest role yet". Sunday Style. Archived from the original on 1 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b "New Aussie in Hollywood, Elizabeth Debicki, steals the film in the upcoming spy drama, Man from U.N.C.L.E.". 3 August 2015.
  8. ^ Lehmann, Megan (11 May 2013). "Her roaring twenties". The Weekend Australian Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013.
  9. ^ a b Lockyer, Daphne (7 February 2016). "'I want a co-star I can look in the eye': Meet Elizabeth Debicki, the 6ft 2in actress who's tipped for the top". Daily Mail.
  10. ^ Marriner, Cosima (22 April 2018). "Catching her breath: Why Elizabeth Debicki is moving to London". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ a b Rule, Dan (2012). "True Hollywood Story". Melbourne University Magazine. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013.
  12. ^ Groves, Don (7 May 2012). "The tale of two Elizabeths". Special Broadcasting Service.
  13. ^ Bowen, Sholto (1 February 2008). "From the Principal". The Huntingtower Bulletin. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013.
  14. ^ "2009 Theatre Scholarships announcement including $20 000 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship". The Melbourne Newsroom. The University of Melbourne. 31 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010.
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike (11 May 2011). "Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki To Play Jordan Baker In The Great Gatsby". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  16. ^ Bulbeck, Pip (6 September 2011). "Baz Luhrmann's $125 Million The Great Gatsby Begins Production in Sydney". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  17. ^ "Behind-the-scenes at Elizabeth Debicki's Vogue Australia photo shoot". Vogue Australia. 2 November 2012. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Elizabeth Debicki in Vogue Australia". December 2012.
  19. ^ a b The Maids Archived 29 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine., media release, Sydney Theatre Company
  20. ^ Verghis, Sharon (1 June 2013). "Maids of dishonour, Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Debicki, unite for STC's Genet". The Australian.
  21. ^ Saxby, John (21 January 2014). "Oscar on the horizon, but Blanchett misses out for her theatre work". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  22. ^ "Gödel, Incomplete" on IMDb (see also: Gödel's incompleteness theorems)
  23. ^ Knox, David (29 July 2013). "Cameras roll on Rake's third season". TV Tonight.
  24. ^ Kroll, Justin (31 July 2013). "Great Gatsby's Elizabeth Debicki Attracted to Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Exclusive)". Variety.
  25. ^ Hopewell, John (6 February 2014). "Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Roll on Macbeth". Variety.
  26. ^ "Offspring star Matt Le Nevez returns to TV with Elizabeth Debicki in The Kettering Incident". 26 July 2014.
  27. ^ Petski, Denise (5 March 2015). "Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Elizabeth Debicki Join AMC's The Night Manager". Deadline Hollywood.
  28. ^ Anderton, Ethan (9 May 2017). "'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' Is Bringing Back Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha". slashfilm.
  29. ^ Horst, Carole (1 November 2017). "AFM First Look: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton in 'Vita & Virginia'". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  30. ^ "Elizabeth Debicki – A Spotlight Moment" Archived 24 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine., 22 March 2012, Interview from December 2011
  31. ^ "Review: The Gift by Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes, 11 June 2011
  32. ^ "The Red Barn – National Theatre". Retrieved 17 November 2017.

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