Margot Robbie is known for her playing the most badass, larger-than-life characters on the big screen (I mean, do Naomi Lapaglia, Harley Quinn, and Tonya Harding ring a bell? Lol). How-ev-er, she’s managed to keep her love life IRL under wraps for literal years. Enter: us! We have all the intel on the actor’s husband of nearly six years, Tom Ackerley, including how he met Margot and the details surrounding the production company they started together.
These two are…seriously beyond couple goals. In 2018, Margot gave Porter a super-rare quote about her ‘ship, saying, “I’m a great advocate of doing business with your partner. 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.” I’m not crying, you are!
Anyway, prepare to cry, scream, and throw up at how ridiculously cute this couple is as you read all about Tom, ahead.
Tom got his start with the Harry Potter movies
The Surrey, England native was an extra in the first three Harry Potter films, where he played background student roles. It’s very fitting considering Margot is a super-fan of the series. The actor discussed her beau’s role in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on The Graham Norton Show in 2020 and even joked that she would’ve married her husband sooner had she known about his days as an extra.
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“He was an extra when he was a little kid—he was one of the Slytherin extras when Draco pushes some kids out of the way to see Buckbeak in the third book. He pushes my husband out of the way,” revealed Margot. Talk about a full-circle moment!
He’s been in ~showbiz~ for years
Tom is an assistant director and producer who has worked on many, many films, including The Brothers Grimsby with Rebel Wilson and Sacha Baron Cohen, Promising Young Woman, and 2015’s Macbeth. And even before that, he was a crew member for iconic movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rush, and War Horse. TL;DR: He’s kind of a big deal, which is great because Margot truly deserves nothing less than to be part of a power couple! BRB, manifesting this for myself, lol.
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Tom and Margot met on a movie set
The couple met juuuuust as she was on the brink of stardom after playing Leo’s (yes, that Leo, obvi) opposite in a movie you may or may not have heard of called The Wolf of Wall Street. Back in 2014 after the film’s release, Tom was the third assistant to the director for Margot’s next film, Suite Française. Margot revealed in a 2018 interview with The Guardian that the cast and crew became v tight while filming—so much that they decided to move in together! “We were like: ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we all lived together?’ Someone said: ‘But you don’t live in London,’ and I said: ‘I don’t live anywhere. I’ll move.’ Three days later we signed a lease in Clapham,” she dished to the publication. During that time, Tom and Margot lived with five others and their friendship blossomed into a romance. The rest is, well, history since the two ultimately tied the knot in December 2016 🥺❤️.
He’s a truly fab support system
Even pros like Margot need a support team. The Australian actor has previously opened up about knowing she can always count on her husband to keep her ~chill~.
While discussing being fearful while reprising her role as Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad sequel in an August 2021 interview with Mirror, she confessed: “Even though Harley is a character I have played before, I still got scared before shooting because I’m always nervous to start any job. I have this complete crisis of faith and think, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m not even good at acting, and I can’t do this.’ Every time I do a movie, I turn to my husband, and I’m like, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ He says something like, ‘You do this every time. You’ll be fine.’”
He’s Margot’s business partner 🥺
Even before getting hitched in December 2016, Margot and Tom co-founded their production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, in 2014 alongside peers Josey McNamara and Sophia Kerr. According to Variety, the foursome came up with the idea for the company after getting drunk together following the London premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street. Interestingly enough, my ideas don’t wind up scoring me major deals with Amazon and Warner Bros, so @ Margot if you’re reading this: Was it a tequila night? Wine night? Trying to switch up the strategy here!
In the same aforementioned Guardian interview, Margot spoke about how grateful she and Tom were to get to work together on a range of projects, including her 2017 film I, Tonya, which earned her an Oscar nom for Best Actress at the 2018 Academy Awards. “We started our production company with our best friends and it continues to be a wonderful group dynamic. We all really work well together. I feel very lucky,” she gushed.
They know how to navigate long distance
Margot has previously opened up about the early days of her and Tom’s ‘ship and how it functioned while 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 Daily Telegraph‘s Sunday Style in 2016, per Bustle. “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.” FWIW, the couple was first photographed together during a New York Rangers game in February 2015, so they clearly know how to keep things ~fun~ and ~flirty~ amid their busy work schedules. V cute content incoming:
I mean, c’mon!
Margot maaaaaay have been into him first
Although Margot is quite lit-er-al-ly one of Hollywood’s most famous celebs, she and Tom have been notoriously hush-hush about their love life. In fact, the two didn’t even walk a red carpet together until fall 2017, nearly a year after their December 2016 wedding.
Even so, Margot has been open about their relationship dynamic, briefly touching on it during a May 2016 Vogue interview, saying, “I was the ultimate single gal. The idea of relationships made me want to vomit. And then this crept up on me. We were friends for so long. I was always in love with him, but I thought, ‘Oh, he would never love me back. Don’t make it weird, Margot. Don’t be stupid and tell him that you like him.’ And then it happened, and I was like, ‘Of course we’re together. This makes so much sense, the way nothing has ever made sense before.’” *Screams in hopeless romantic*
He recently went to the Barbie set to celebrate Margot’s B-Day
Real ones know that Margot Robbie is a Cancer queen whose birthday was June 2. And because she’s currently filming the highly-anticipated Greta Gerwig Barbie adaptation, Margot celebrated accordingly with a Barbie-themed celebration, complete with a hot-pink Barbie doll cake inscribed with the words “Happy Birthday Barbie Margot!” in icing. Okay, not not jealous! Also that same day, Tom visited the actor in between filming scenes, and the two were seen smiling and chatting and looking generally in love.
Would love to see more pics of these two lovebirds (preferably with Margot decked out in her Barbie wardrobe, obvi), but in the meantime, I’ll continue counting the days until Barbie officially hits theaters ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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