Margot Robbie's known for her larger-than-life big-screen characters (hello, Harley Quinn and Tonya Harding), but little is known about her offscreen. Tonight, she's nominated for her second Oscar for her performance in Bombshell. Likely to walk the red carpet at Robbie's side is her husband of more than three years, Tom Ackerley. Below, a briefing on their relationship.
He's also in the film industry.
Although Ackerley hails from the U.K., his professional interests lie firmly within Hollywood. He's an assistant director and producer who has has worked on films including The Brothers Grimsby and 2015's Macbeth. Before that, he was a crew member for movies including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rush, and War Horse. In 2014, he founded the production company LuckyChap Entertainment with Robbie, producing projects including I, Tonya, Hulu's Dollface, and the upcoming Promising Young Woman. In 2018, he and producing partner Josey McNamara were named in Variety's 10 Producers to Watch list.
Margot and Tom met on a movie set.
Coincidentally, the film industry is what initially brought Ackerley and Robbie together. In an interview with Australia's The Daily Telegraph, she confirmed that they met while working on the 2014 film Suite Francaise. She also discussed making the early days of their relationship work when she was away filming and he was based in London. "The most helpful thing I’ve learned from other couples in this industry is that you don’t go more than three weeks without seeing each other," she told the outlet. "Being in a long-distance relationship can be really hard when you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. It can mess with your head, so the three-week rule is key." The couple were first photographed together during a New York Rangers game in February 2015.
They rarely talk about their relationship.
Since meeting, Robbie and Ackerley mostly keep their relationship private. In fact, they didn't walk a red carpet together until fall 2017, nearly a year after their December 2016 wedding. People reported that the couple tied the knot on December 18 in Australia's Byron Bay. Margot confirmed reports by posting a photo of the two kissing on Instagram, while she held up her newly-adorned ring finger.
In 2018, she gave PORTER a rare quote about her relationship. “I’m a great advocate of doing business with your partner,” she told the outlet. “Being married is actually the most fun ever, life got way more fun somehow. I have a responsibility being someone’s wife, I want to be better.”
They do work together frequently.
When it comes to their relationship, Robbie and Ackerley prefer to let the work speak for itself. Through LuckyChap, the couple worked on several films that Robbie starred in, including I, Tonya, Birds of Prey, and the upcoming live-action Barbie, which has real-life couple Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach attached as writers.
In an interview for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Robbie said she and Ackerley even delayed their honeymoon to shoot I, Tonya. During the sit-down, she also detailed an embarrassing run-in with DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, and Barack Obama.
From the looks of his IG, he likes adventure.
When Ackerley isn't on a film set alongside Robbie, his Instagram feed is filled with photos of him traveling, surfing, and skiing. (Plus, a few cute dog photos.) In September 2018, he posted photos after competing in a triathlon.
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