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How Margot Robbie Went From Australian Soap Star To Hollywood Actress

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How Margot Robbie Went From Australian Soap Star To Hollywood Actress

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After months of hype, we're now just days away from the release of Suicide Squad and I absolutely cannot wait to see it. It looks so sick!

Also, I can't get enough of Margot Robbie and it looks like she's going to steal the show with her portrayal of Harley Quinn.

The 26-year-old was first approached by Warner Bros to play the Joker's girlfriend two years ago and, from what we've seen in the trailers so far, she plays the delightfully deranged character so well.

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She'll star alongside some of the biggest names in the business including Jared Leto, Will Smith and Ben Affleck and the film will no doubt be a huge commercial success.

But just how did she go from small screen soap star to A-list Hollywood actress?

It's fair to say she's come a long way since her days starring as Donna Freedman on soap opera Neighbours.

She landed the role in 2008 after starring in several Australian independent films in the late 2000s and was originally only signed to appear in a few episodes. However, she was quickly promoted to a regular cast member and she became a hit with viewers.

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After two years on the long-running show, Robbie announced that she was leaving for the bright lights of Los Angeles.

In 2011, she auditioned for a role in an American period drama television series titled Pan Am and she got the gig. However, the show ended up getting cancelled after just one series.

That was only the beginning for Robbie, though, and she ended up making her big screen debut in Richard Curtis's romantic comedy-drama film About Time in 2013.

Her 'big break' came a few months later when she was cast in Martin Scorsese's biographical drama The Wolf of Wall Street, playing the role of 'Duchess of Bay Ridge', Naomi Lapaglia.

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After catching the attention of some pretty big names in the business, she was asked to star alongside Will Smith in 2015 romantic comedy, Focus. It wasn't the best film (if you ask me) but I soon came to the conclusion there's no such thing as a bad film if Robbie is in it.

I've still not got round to watching her latest offering The Legend of Tarzan but that will have to wait until after Suicide Squad now.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is already contemplating a spin-off for her anti-heroine character too so it looks like she's only going to get bigger.

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