Margot Robbie is currently one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood. She has worked extremely hard to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry, and after many years, it seems as though her hard work is finally paying off.
From starring as Tonya Harding in the film, I, Tonya, which garnered her an Academy Award nomination, and her portrayal of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, to the upcoming film Birds of Prey in which she reprises her role as Harley Quinn, it’s safe to say Margot Robbie is here to stay. As her star continues to rise in Hollywood, many people might wonder about the leading man in her life.
Margot Robbie’s husband, Tom Ackerley, prefers to live a quiet, headline-free life. He’s always been by Robbie’s side, cheering her on and praising all of her accomplishments. The couple met many years ago and are both doing what they love to do.
But, who is Tom, exactly? Here are 20 interesting little-known facts about Margot Robbie's leading man.
20 Ackerley Was Born In England
Tom Ackerley was born and raised in Surrey, England on January 1, 1990. He attended and graduated from Godalming College where he studied film. While Tom Ackerley chose a career in film and media, his parents have careers in real estate, as Panda Gossips reports. His mother has her own property management company, while his father works as a real estate agent.
19 Ackerley Is A Film Assistant Director
As previously stated, Tom attended Godalming College where he studied film. This helped Ackerley launch his career in the film industry as a film assistant director. However, he made his name by directing movies like Macbeth and Brothers Grimsby, as Panda Gossips reports. He wasn't really that popular until he met and married Robbie, though.
18 Ackerley Met Robbie While Working On Set
Given the fact that Tom Ackerley works as a film assistant director, he’s had the opportunity to work on a lot of television and movie sets. Tom met Margot back in 2013, when they were both working on the war drama, Suite Francaise. At the time, Margot was still working hard to have her breakthrough film. The two connected immediately and a friendship was formed. As Bustle reports, Robbie told Vogue,
"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.’"
17 Ackerley And Robbie Were Roommates Before Dating
After meeting and making a friendly connection through their lines of work, Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley somehow became roommates, before they were even in a relationship. The two future lovers shard a three-bedroom home in London with a few of their closest film industry friends, as Elle reports. Moving in together with their group of friends eventually helped their budding friendship grow into something else, that neither of them had expected.
16 They Initially Kept Their Relationship A Secret
Since Margot and Tom lived in a house together with a large group of their closest pals, they decided to keep their romantic relationship a secret from the rest of the group. The two feared that their secret relationship would cause a change between their group of friends, especially since they all lived together. Eventually, Robbie and Ackerley’s roommates discovered the two were dating. Margot tells Elle,
"We kept [our relationship] a secret. Because we weren't really taking it seriously. 'Oh, whatever, we're just mates, we're just mates.'
And then, everyone found out. It was dramatic. I'm not going into the details, but sh*t hit the fan. Our house turned into The Jerry Springer Show for a moment there. But then the dust settled, and it was all good."
15 Ackerley Helped Change Robbie's Views On Relationships
During the time Robbie and Ackerley first met, Robbie stated that she had no intentions whatsoever of getting into a relationship. In fact, love and marriage were the furthest things on her mind at the time. As she told Vogue,
“I was the ultimate single gal. The idea of relationships made me want to vomit. And then this crept up on me."
Her thoughts began to change the moment she and Tom started to build a bond and establish a relationship.
14 Ackerley Helped Produce I, Tonya
Margot starred in the film I, Toyna, which was based on the true-life story of former figure skater, Tonya Harding. The film was a success and Margot received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Aside from pulling off a phenomenal performance in the film, Margot worked with her husband to produce the movie.
13 Ackerley Produced Other Films Margot Has Starred In
Tom Ackerley continues to use his wisdom and areas of expertise as an assistant film director to help create and produce brilliant movies. Aside from working alongside his wife to produce the film I, Toyna, there are other films that Margot Robbie has starred in that Ackerley has lent a hand to produce. These include Dreamland and Terminal.
12 He And Margot Have Their Own Production Company
Since Margot Robbie loves to be in front of the camera and Tom Ackerley opts to be behind the lens, the couple decided to bring their talents together. Robbie and Ackerley created their own production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, along with a few of their friends to create movies and television shows. Most recently, their production company signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television, as Deadline reports.
11 Ackerley Has A Great Sense Of Humour
As already stated, Margot Robbie had no intentions of getting into a relationship when she and Tom Ackerley initially met. However, as the two became close friends and eventually roommates, things changed. A look at Tom's Instagram account shows that he's quite a fun person to be friends with. He regularly posts funny images on the site, such as of himself and one of his buddies cutting his wedding cake (where's Margot?), and of him and Margot hamming it up for the camera. We're sure these two laugh a lot together.
10 Ackerley And Robbie Got Married In A Private Ceremony
Tom Ackerley and Margot Robbie have always done a great job at keep their relationship out of the public eye. The two lovebirds tied the knot in a private ceremony in Byron Bay, Australia, back in 2016. The wedding consisted of just a few of their closest family and friends. Their wedding was so top secret that the guests weren’t told the location of the wedding.
The 50 guests were told to meet at different locations and then were taken to the wedding venue by bus.
They also had to hand over their cameras and phones.
9 He And Robbie Continued Living With Their Roommates After The Wedding
After their secret wedding ceremony, Ackerley and Robbie went back to the house they shared in London with their roommates. Robbie stated that their friends and roommates joked that it was time for the married couple to spread their wings and get a place of their own. Margot tells Elle,
"It honestly hadn't occurred to us. We were, like: 'Hm? What? Just the two of us? That's going to be weird.'
And the first time we were in a house, the two of us, it was weird. Nice. But we missed having heaps of people around."
8 Ackerley Is A Huge Sports Fan
Aside from his love of creating and working on films and television shows, Tom Ackerley considers himself to be a huge sports fan. Some of Ackerley's favourite sports to watch and keep up with are golf and hockey, and he’s a big fan of the New York Rangers. Ackerley and Robbie have been casually spotted out enjoying a few sports games together.
7 Ackerley And Robbie Make Sure They Spend Quality Time Together Outside Of Work
With both their stars continuing to rise, the couple have made sure they find time to spend together. They decided to make a pact that no matter how busy their schedules might be, they will not go longer than three weeks without physically seeing one another, even if it means they have to fly out of town just to spend one day with each and fly right back. Margot tells E! News that she and Tom also speak on the phone every day.
6 The Honeymoon Had To Be Postponed
After holding their secret wedding ceremony with family and friends, Robbie and Ackerley had to wait for a minute before they could truly celebrate their nuptials. Right after they said their ‘I Dos’ the couple immediately began working on the film, I, Toyna. This meant Robbie and Ackerley had to postpone their honeymoon until the filming and production of I, Tonya were completed.
5 Ackerley And Robbie's Engagement Was Never Announced
Margot and Tom have always been pretty good about keeping their relationship out of the headlines. When news got out that they had got married, it came as a big surprise because the two never announced or acknowledged that they were even engaged! Robbie and Ackerley both confirmed their marriage by posting wedding rings and loving photos on their Instagram pages.
4 Ackerley Rarely Walks The Red Carpet With Robbie
Tom Ackerley has never been the type of individual who longed for attention in the spotlight. As Your Tango reports, the couple didn't walk the red carpet together until almost a whole year after they got married! These two really like to keep their relationship out of the spotlight.
3 Ackerley Had A Surprising Run-In On Their Honeymoon
After production of I, Tonya wrapped, Ackerley and Robbie were finally able to have their long-awaited honeymoon. In a recent sit down with Ellen Degeneres on her talk show, Robbie opened up about a hilarious incident they encountered on their honeymoon.
Robbie revealed that Ackerley was wearing an embarrassing pair of shorts, and declined to change his clothes after she suggested he do so because no one they’d know would see him. While Ackerley was wearing the shorts, the couple surprisingly ran into Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, and former United States president Barack Obama, who were all visiting the resort in Tahiti where the couple was staying, as Rolling Stone reports.
2 He Prefers To Work Behind The Camera
While Margot Robbie continues to work and expand her career as an actress, her husband Tom Ackerley prefers to stay behind the cameras. Ackerley has found a love for working behind the scenes to create, produce, write and direct a variety of television shows and films. Ackerley's love for being behind the camera is one of the many reasons he and Robbie started their own production company. As Elite Daily reports, the two love working together. They seem to make a good team!
1 He's Been Nominated For Awards
With his own production company that he co-founded with Robbie and some friends, Ackerley continues to perfect his work and craft behind the scenes. His phenomenal work behind the camera also got him nominated for an award.
Ackerley's production work on I, Tonya landed him a 2018 Producers Guild of America nomination. He’s also received a Darryl F. Zanuck Oustanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures nomination for his work on the film, as Producers Guild reports.
He's definitely a star in his own right.
References: Bustle, Elle, Vogue, Deadline, Instagram, Harper's Bazaar, Elite Daily