Margot Robbie cemented her Anglophile credentials yesterday as she met the stars of Love Island at the Barbie premiere in London – as fans poured out of McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Slug and Lettuce to catch a glimpse of her.
The 33-year-old has long spoken of her love of all things British – not least her time living in Clapham, south-west London – where she enjoyed outdoor pints, wild house parties and sweaty nights at Infernos, the infamous local nightclub.
The Aussie, who is married to a Brit, is also a huge fan of UK reality TV – so much so that she once threw a Love Island themed birthday party. She was seen fangirling again at last night’s Barbie afterparty, snapping selfies with Ekin-Su Culcologlu, Davide Sanclimenti, Liberty Poole and Danica Taylor.
Taking to Instagram on the night, season eight winner Ekin-Su shared a carousel of snaps with Margot as they posed in front of the Barbie logo.
She wrote: ‘We queens’ on a selfie before uploading a full length picture of them both with the caption ‘I can’t’ atop of it alongside a smiling-crying face emoji.
Margot Robbie poses with Barbie fans at yesterday’s premiere in Leicester Square
The Aussie is a huge Love Island fan, and is seen here posing for a selfie with Ekin-Su Culcologlu
In one from April 2014, captioned ‘the house degenerates’, a brunette Margot is almost unrecognisable as she poses on a roof with her new housemates
Margot enjoying a pint outside a pub in London on June 4, 2014
Margot with Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, Sienna Miller, and Cara and Poppy Delevingne
Ekin-Su’s ex-boyfriend Davide, 28, also managed to get selfies with Margot, writing: ‘I’m a Barbie man, in a Barbie world.’
Margot previously revealed that she found the pair’s season the ‘best Love Island season ever’, adding: ‘Paige [Thorne] has probably been my favourite — but for pure entertainment I think Davide and Ekin-Su have made the season.’
Explaining her love for the series, she added: ‘Love Island reminds me of living in London — watching it with my girlfriends when everybody was home from work.’
Margot’s former home in Clapham, affectionately known as ‘The Manor’ by its residents, was a hotbed of partying and hard drinking – followed by small-hours excursions.
It was there that Margot began her relationship with her husband, Surrey-born film-maker Tom Ackerley, and had what she describes as ‘the best times’.
The lease on the property was originally signed in early 2014, shortly after the release of the film which would make her name – Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, in which she played seductress Naomi Lapaglia opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ekin-Su’s ex-boyfriend Davide, 28, also managed to get selfies with Margot, writing: ‘I’m a Barbie man, in a Barbie world’
It was in the UK that Margot began her relationship with her husband, Surrey-born film-maker Tom Ackerley (together last night) and had what she describes as ‘the best times’
Margot took her love for Love Island to new heights in 2020 as she brought Lucie Donlan, Michael Griffiths and Jordan Hames back to her apartment after a London premiere
Lucie shared last year: ‘After the film, we got a video message via an Instagram DM of Margot saying, “Please come to the after-party!”‘
Love Island contestant Jordan Hames (pictured) with the actress in 2021
Barbie fans pack into a Burger King in Leicester Square to try and get a glimpse of stars in attendance last night
In one from April 2014, captioned ‘the house degenerates’, a brunette Margot is almost unrecognisable as she poses on a roof with her new housemates.
‘I was like a naughty schoolgirl,’ she told Vanity Fair. ‘It was my first time living in London properly and I wanted to try every pub. I’m not going to look thin just for the sake of it.’
Another photo on her friend’s Instagram account shows Margot posing at South West Four, an electronic dance festival held on Clapham Common.
She has even admitted to frequenting tacky local nightclub Infernos, renowned for its sticky dancefloor and cheesy 1990s music playlist.
But Margot has always insisted her pleasures are far more earthly. She extolled the unlikely joys of living in Clapham in an interview with luxury London lifestyle magazine The Resident in 2017.
‘For me, where you live and what you do have to be simplistic and comfortable, otherwise how are you possibly going to relax?’ she said.
‘Clapham has always felt unassuming in the sense that you’re just left alone to get on with who you are, and that’s perfect. But I like living with lots of people. It reminds me of the house I grew up in.
‘It’s funny – I always think I want privacy because I’m never actually on my own, ever. But then when I am, I hate it. After five minutes I find people to hang out with.’
Margot has even spoken of her love for one of London’s more divisive features – the Tube.
At the UK premiere for Babylon in January, she told The Mirror: ‘I actually have two Oyster cards in my wallet right now. I always get the Tube.’
And when asked if she has been on the newest Elizabeth line, which opened last year, she said: ‘I haven’t but I hear its lovely!’
Margot got married to Tom Ackerley at a private property in Coorabell, Byron Bay in December 2016.
The following year, the duo made the move from London into a lavish 3,300 square-foot Los Angeles pad with four bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Now she’s in the US it’s possible Margot may meet up with one of her long-time friends – Prince Harry.
Robbie attending last night’s premiere, which saw London lit up pink
Speaking about their friendship in 2020, she said: ‘He is a really great guy… I know as much as anybody what a big decision it is to move halfway across the world.’
She continued: ‘I still miss London a lot but I had my reasons for moving and they have their reasons for the decision.’
She previously joked about leaving him hanging on texts.
‘He is pretty quick on text, actually. Unlike me. I write back four days later, weeks later sometimes,’ she told American TV show Extra.