Thomasin McKenzie

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.[1][2] After supporting roles in the 2019 films The King, Jojo Rabbit, and True History of the Kelly Gang,[3], 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 McKenzie
McKenzie in 2021
McKenzie in 2021
Born
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie

(2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 21)
Wellington, New Zealand
EducationSamuel Marsden Collegiate School
OccupationActress
Years active2012–present
Known forLeave No Trace
Jojo Rabbit
Last Night in Soho
Parent(s)
RelativesKate Harcourt (maternal grandmother)
Davida McKenzie (sister)
McKenzie in 2019

Early lifeEdit

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie was born in Wellington, New Zealand,[4] 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.[5] She has an elder brother and a younger sister, actress Davida McKenzie. She graduated from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in 2018.[1]

CareerEdit

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.[6] She is also set to portray American gymnast Kerri Strug in Perfect, directed by Olivia Wilde.

Personal lifeEdit

As of March 2017, McKenzie resided in Wellington, New Zealand.[1]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Existence Scraps
2014 Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story Young Louise
A Long Beside Kate (young) Short film
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Astrid
2015 The Boyfriend Game Edith Short film
2017 The Changeover Rose Keaton
2018 Leave No Trace Tom National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Actor/Actress
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2019 The King Queen Philippa of Denmark
Jojo Rabbit Elsa Korr Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Actor/Actress
True History of the Kelly Gang Mary
2020 Lost Girls Sherre Gilbert
2021 The Justice of Bunny King Tonyah
Old Maddox Cappa
The Power of the Dog Lola
Last Night in Soho Eloise "Ellie" Turner

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Keogh, Brittany (10 March 2017). "Young Kiwi actor Thomasin McKenzie's big break in US movie My Abandonment". Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  2. ^ Macandrew, Ruby (14 March 2017). "Wellington teenager Mi McKenzie lands lead movie role in US film My Abandonment". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (31 May 2018). "Taika Waititi's WWII Pic 'Jojo Rabbit' Adds Thomasin McKenzie". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Thomasin McKenzie". Issue Magazine. Archived from the original on 9 November 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019. Birth Date: 26/07/2000 Birth Place: Wellington NZ
  5. ^ McFadden, Suzanne (11 August 2017). "At home with Dame Kate Harcourt and daughter Miranda".
  6. ^ Wright, Edgar (29 October 2021), Last Night in Soho (Drama, Horror, Mystery), Complete Fiction, Film4, Focus Features International (FFI), retrieved 24 October 2021
  7. ^ 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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