Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki debuted in the world of cinema by playing a minor role in Stephan Elliott directed 2011 Australian romance comedy film ‘A Few Best Men’. In her very next project, she got an opportunity to work in Baz Luhrmann’s historical romance drama film ‘The Great Gatsby’ (2013). The film starring, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, had her playing the role of Jordan Baker (a professional golfer and a socialite) which won her the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film itself went on to become a box office success. Following this, she acted in short film ‘Gödel Incomplete’ (2013) and played the role of Missy in an episode of Australian television series ‘Rake’ (2014). In the year 2015, 3 of her films wherein she played supporting roles came out. These included Justin Kurzel directed epic historical drama ‘Macbeth’, Guy Ritchie directed action-adventure comedy ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and Baltasar Kormákur directed biographical survival adventure film ‘Everest’. In the first movie, she played the role of Lady Madcuff while in the second and third film, she was seen in the role of the villain Victoria Vinciguerra and the base camp physician Dr. Caroline Mackenzie respectively. ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Everest’ received positive reviews from critics with the latter also proving a winner at the box office. ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ received mixed review from critics but performed well at the box office. Her work in these films got her the Foxtel Breakthrough Award at the ‘Australians in Film Awards’.
The year 2016 saw Elizabeth Debicki in two television miniseries – the British crime drama mystery ‘The Night Manager’ and the Australian horror crime drama ‘The Kettering Incident’. The former, based on the John le Carre̒’s 1993 novel of the same name, had her playing the role of Jed Marshall, the socialite girlfriend of the arms dealer Richard Roper (played by Hugh Laurie). The latter series had her playing the lead role of Dr Anna Macy who finds herself connected to the disappearance of two girls. Her work in the 8 episodes of the series bagged her the ‘AACTA award’ for the Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama.
Her significant film releases in the year 2017 were ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, an action-adventure comedy directed by James Gunn, and ‘Breath’ the adventure romance drama directed by Simon Baker. The first one, the eighth highest grossing film of 2017, had her playing the role of Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign people while in the second movie, she portrayed the character of Eva which got her an ‘AACTA award’ nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role category. The same year Elizabeth Debicki also lent her voice to the character of ‘Emperor Haban-Limaï’ in Luc Besson’s English Language French 3D space opera film ’Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ and became a part of ‘7 from Etheria’ in which 7 female directors presented 7 shorts films.
In 2018, she once again did a voice over role – this time in the live action computer animated comedy film ‘Peter Rabbit’ (role: Mopsy Rabbit). Apart from this, she appeared in two films which won her some of the best reviews of her career. In Jennifer Fox directed HBO film ‘The Tale’, she played the role of Jane Gramercy while in Steve McQueen directed heist film ‘Widows’, she was seen as Alice. The latter film won her the Best Supporting Actress award from ‘Hawaii Film Critics Society’ as well as nominations at several other award functions in the same category. Her other films of the year were the science fiction horror ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ and the biographical romance drama ‘Vita & Virginia’. In the latter, she played English writer Virginia Woolf.
In 2019, Elizabeth Debicki starred as Berenice Hollis in the crime thriller film ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ and the following year was seen in the supporting role of Kat, the estranged wife of Andrei Sator (played by Kenneth Branagh) in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi action thriller ‘Tenet’. Her performance in ‘Tenet’ once again brought her critical appreciation. In 2021, she yet again lent her voice to the same character in the sequel of the animation film ‘Peter Rabbit’ which was titled ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’.
She will next be seen portraying Diana, Princess of Wales in the 5th season of the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. Additionally, she will reprise her role of Ayesha in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’.