Early life

Elizabeth Debicki was born in Paris, France, to a Polish father and an Australian mother of Irish descent. Her parents were both ballet dancers. When she was five, the family moved to Glen Waverley in Melbourne, Australia. The eldest of three children, she has a younger sister and a brother.

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

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


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. In May 2011, Luhrmann announced that she had been cast as Jordan Baker in his 2013 film The Great Gatsby. In December 2012, Debicki was the subject of a photo shoot for Vogue Australia.

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

Debicki plays the lead in an eight-hour television series, The Kettering Incident, and a supporting role, Jed, in the miniseries The Night Manager. She was then cast in the film The Tale. 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. Elizabeth also appeared in the film The Cloverfield Paradox, released on Netflix in February 2018, as Mina Jensen.

She roles the voice of Mopsy in Peter Rabbit.