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Who is Emma Mackey? Margot Robbie 'lookalike' lands Burberry campaign after leading Barbie and Sex Education roles

The 27-year-old actor is on track to become as known as fellow Brits Florence Pugh and Emma Watson.

L-R: Emma Mackey's new Burberry campaign, Barbie film poster and in Sex Education. (Burberry/Barbie/Netflix)
L-R: Emma Mackey's new Burberry campaign, Barbie film poster and in Sex Education. (Burberry/Barbie/Netflix)

Emma Mackey is on the up.

The 27-year-old French-British actor, who rose to fame starring in Netflix’s Sex Education, is currently gracing the silver screen as a leading Barbie character. Google searches for Mackey’s name jumped by 95% as her role as Physicist Barbie in the Greta Gerwig-directed film became known.

She's also today been named the face of Burberry’s first-ever refillable fragrance, Burberry Goddess.

The lavender and vanilla infused fragrance doesn't come cheap: Available from Selfridges, it costs £130 for the 150ml refill.

Other notable roles include playing the lead in 2022 period drama Emily and a part in Kenneth Branagh's Poirot reprise, Death on the Nile.

Emma Mackey is the face of the new Burberry perfume, Goddess. (Burberry)
Emma Mackey is the face of the new Burberry perfume, Goddess. (Burberry)

Who is Emma Mackey?

Born in 1996 in Le Mans, France to a French father and an English mother, Emma Mackey moved to England when she went to study English language and literature at the University of Leeds.

Sex Education was her first role, where she played the smart 'bad girl' Maeve Wiley for three seasons. She'll reprise her role in the fourth and final season.

Mackey was nominated for a British Academy Television Award in 2021, and subsequently won the Rising Star Award at the 2023 film BAFTAs after taking the lead role in the 2022 film Emily, based on the life of Emily Bronte.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Emma Mackey, winner of the EE Rising Star Award, poses in the Winners Room at the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 at The Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Emma Mackey won the EE Rising Star Award at the 2023 BAFTAs. (Getty Images)

She has also had roles in Death on the Nile, Eiffel and The Winter Lake and will star alongside Fiona Shaw in the upcoming film, Hot Milk.

Unlike other stars her age, she’s not on social media having deleted her public Instagram in 2021. "I haven’t had any social media for six months, which has done wonders for me; I highly recommend it," she told Stylist earlier this year.

Physical similarities to Margot Robbie

Mackey partly scored her role in Barbie due to her physical similarities to the film's female lead, Margot Robbie. Internet users have shared side-by-side photos of the pair resembling one another for some time now and Robbie, along with director Gerwig, decided to capitalise on the resemble by making a joke about it in the film.

However, once the pair were in full hair and make-up on set, Robbie admitted the joke no longer worked and so it was removed from the film.

Read more: Margot Robbie explains why joke about ‘lookalike’ Emma Mackey was dropped from new Barbie movie - Evening Standard, 2-min read

Emma Mackey's best red carpet fashion moments

As well as making waves in Hollywood, Mackey has been praised for her chic red carpet style.

The slinky, Saint Laurent dress she wore to the Barbie European premiere earlier this month was hailed 'sensational' by the Daily Mail.

July 2023: Mackey wears Saint Laurent slip gown and Cartier's Essential Lines necklace worth £108,000

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Emma Mackey attends the
Emma Mackey attends the Barbie European Premiere. (Getty Images)

February 2023: Mackey wears Saint Laurent dress to 2023 BAFTAs

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Emma Mackay attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 at The Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
Emma Mackey attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023. (Getty Images)

October 2022: Mackey wore an oversized black suit for the premiere of Emily

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Emma Mackey attends the UK premiere of
Emma Mackey at the UK premiere of "Emily". (Getty Images)

February 2022: Mackey wears a wide legged white suit with a drop neck waistcoat in Paris

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 25: Emma Mackey arrives at the 47th Cesar Film Awards Ceremony At L'Olympia on February 25, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)
Emma Mackey arrives at the 47th Cesar Film Awards Ceremony. (Getty Images)

September 2021: Mackey holds a Courreges bag at the Courreges show at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Actress Emma Mackey of Sex Education wears a black jacket, white plaid top, black Courreges leather bag, blath leather pants, and black Courreges shoes at the Courreges show on September 29, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)
Emma Mackey at the Courreges show. (Getty Images)

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