Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (born 26 July 2000) is a New Zealand actress. After a minor role in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, she rose to critical prominece with the lead role in Debra Granik's 2018 drama film Leave No Trace. After supporting roles in the 2019 films The King, Jojo Rabbit, and True History of the Kelly Gang,, as well as the 2021 thriller Old, Edgar Wright's psychological horror film Last Night in Soho established her as one of the industry's lead actresses.
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie
26 July 2000
Wellington, New Zealand
|Education||Samuel Marsden Collegiate School|
|Known for||Leave No Trace|
Last Night in Soho
|Relatives||Kate Harcourt (maternal grandmother)|
Davida McKenzie (sister)
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to actress Miranda Harcourt and director Stuart McKenzie. She is the granddaughter of actress Dame Kate Harcourt and Peter Harcourt. Peter's family founded the real estate company Harcourts International in Wellington. She has an elder brother and a younger sister, actress Davida McKenzie. She graduated from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in 2018.
McKenzie first appeared in 2012 film Existence, along with her brother. McKenzie made her acting debut in 2014, portraying the teenage Louise Nicholas in the television film Consent. In 2015, she played Pixie Hannah in the soap opera Shortland Street, and in 2016, she played the titular character in the children's comedy web series Lucy Lewis Can't Lose. She first gained recognition for her portrayal as a daughter of a war veteran in Leave No Trace; this performance received critical acclaim and won her the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance. Later on, she would be featured in a small role in The King, playing Queen Philippa of Denmark in 2019. In the same year, she played a principal supporting role in the satirical comedy drama Jojo Rabbit, in which she plays a young Jewish girl hiding in the attic of the house of the title character, for which she gained further recognition by critics.
She was cast in Top Gun: Maverick, but dropped out in favour of other projects, such as the crime drama Lost Girls. In 2021, she joined the television adaptation of Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, playing the main character, Ursula Todd; co-starred in the thriller Old, by M. Night Shyamalan, and plays the lead character in the psychological horror film Last Night in Soho. She is also set to portray American gymnast Kerri Strug in Perfect, directed by Olivia Wilde.
|2015–2020||Shortland Street||Pixie Hannah||Recurring role, 28 episodes|
|2015||End of Term||Annabel||1 episode|
|2016||Bright Summer Night||Petra Quince||4 episodes (2–3, 6 and 10)|
|2016||Jean||Young Jean||Television film|
|2017||The Cul De Sac||Willa||3 episodes|
|2017||Lucy Lewis Can't Lose||Lucy Lewis||Lead role|
|TBA||Life After Life||Ursula Todd||Filming|
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Birth Date: 26/07/2000 Birth Place: Wellington NZ
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- Wright, Edgar (29 October 2021), Last Night in Soho (Drama, Horror, Mystery), Complete Fiction, Film4, Focus Features International (FFI), retrieved 24 October 2021
- Kanter, Jake (20 April 2021). "Thomasin McKenzie & Sian Clifford To Lead Cast For BBC Adaptation of Kate Atkinson's 'Life After Life'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
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