Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (born 26 July 2000) is a New Zealand actress. A daughter of actress Miranda Harcourt, she began working as a teenager. After a minor role in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), she rose to critical prominence for playing a young girl living in isolation in Debra Granik's drama film Leave No Trace (2018), winning the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance,[2][3] as well as her role as a Jewish girl in the Academy Award-winning satirical comedy film Jojo Rabbit (2019).[4]

Thomasin McKenzie
McKenzie promoting the film "Jojo Rabbit" in 2019
McKenzie in 2019
Born
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie[1]

(2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 23)
Wellington, New Zealand
OccupationActress
Years active2012–present
Parent
RelativesKate Harcourt (maternal grandmother)
Geraldine Harcourt (aunt)[citation needed]

McKenzie continued gaining recognition with supporting roles in the 2019 films The King and True History of the Kelly Gang.[5] In 2021, she starred in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Old and Edgar Wright's psychological horror film Last Night in Soho, and featured in Jane Campion's western film The Power of the Dog. She has since played the title role in the thriller Eileen (2023) opposite Anne Hathaway.

Early life

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McKenzie was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand;[6] to actress and acting coach Dame Miranda Harcourt, and director Stuart McKenzie. She is the granddaughter of actress Dame Kate Harcourt and Peter Harcourt. Her grandfather Peter Harcourt's family has founded the real estate company Harcourts International in Wellington.[7] She has an elder brother, Peter McKenzie and a younger sister, actress Davida McKenzie who played as a small role in a British apocalyptic black comedy film Silent Night. McKenzie completed her secondary education at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in 2018 at her hometown.[2]

Career

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After appearing with her brother in the film Existence (2012), McKenzie portrayed teenager Louise Nicholas in the television film Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story (2014). In 2015, she played Pixie Hannah in the soap opera Shortland Street. The following year, she played the titular character in the children's comedy web series Lucy Lewis Can't Lose.

She gained recognition for her portrayal as a daughter of a war veteran in Debra Granik's Leave No Trace (2018). Her performance received critical acclaim and won her the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance. In 2019, McKenzie joined the ensemble cast of Netflix's The King as Queen Philippa of Denmark, starring alongside Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson. She next played the role of a young Jewish girl who hides in the home of the title character in Taika Waititi's satirical comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit (2019) which she obtained a nomination at the Critics' Choice Movie Award as Best Young Actress.

In August 2018, McKenzie was cast in Top Gun: Maverick, but dropped out of the film after signing onto Lost Girls (2020). In 2021, she starred in the M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Old, and played the lead character in Edgar Wright's psychological horror film Last Night in Soho, opposite Anya Taylor-Joy.[8] In the same year, she joined John Crowley's televised adaptation of Kate Atkinson's novel Life After Life for BBC Two, which premiered in 2022.[9]

In 2023, McKenzie joined the main cast of the second season of Pantheon, a science fiction drama adaptation of the series of short stories by Ken Liu, voicing MIST, the first C.I. (computational intelligence) born of U.I. (uploaded intelligence). In the same year, she played the lead character in the William Oldroyd's psychological thriller Eileen, opposite Anne Hathaway and will portray American gymnast Kerri Strug in Olivia Wilde's Perfect.[10]

McKenzie was cast in the lead role for the upcoming film, Joy, a true story of the world’s first in vitro fertilisation baby and set to be released in 2024.[11] In May 2023, McKenzie joined in the lead role for Mona Fastvold's upcoming psychological horror Self-Portrait.[12] In the same month, McKenzie joined Andrew Niccol's upcoming live-action animated film I, Object.[13] In September 2023, McKenzie joined Jim O'Hanlon's upcoming British period comedy Fackham Hall, written by comedian Jimmy Carr.[14]

Personal life

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In March 2017, McKenzie was living in Wellington, New Zealand.[2] McKenzie moved to London, United Kingdom, in June 2023.[15]

Filmography

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Film

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Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 Existence Scraps
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Astrid
2017 The Changeover Rose Keaton
2018 Leave No Trace Tom
2019 The King Queen Philippa of Denmark
Jojo Rabbit Elsa Korr
True History of the Kelly Gang Mary
2020 Lost Girls Sherre Gilbert
2021 The Justice of Bunny King Tonyah
Old Maddox Cappa (aged 16)
Last Night in Soho Eloise "Ellie" Turner
The Power of the Dog Lola
2023 Eileen Eileen Dunlop [16]
TBA Joy Jean Purdy Post-production [17]
Fackham Hall In Production [14]
I, Object Filming [18]
Self-Portrait Lu Rile Pre-Production [19]
Grendel Queen Wealhtheow Pre-Production [20]

Television

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Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story Young Louise Television film
2015–2020 Shortland Street Pixie Hannah Recurring role
2015 End of Term Annabel 1 episode
2016 Bright Summer Night Petra Quince 4 episodes
2016 Jean Young Jean Television film
2017 The Cul De Sac Willa 3 episodes
2016 Lucy Lewis Can't Lose Lucy Lewis Lead role
2022 Life After Life Ursula Todd Miniseries [21]
2023 Totally Completely Fine Vivian Cunningham Lead role
2023 Pantheon MIST (voice) Main role; season 2
TBA Gossamer TBA Filming; voice role

Awards and nominations

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Award Year Category Work Result Ref.
Alliance of Women Film Journalists
2019
Best Supporting Actress Leave No Trace Nominated [22]
Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Chicago Film Critics Association
2018
Most Promising Performer Nominated [23]
Chlotrudis Awards
2019
Best Actress Nominated [24]
2023
Best Supporting Actress The Justice of Bunny King Nominated [25]
Columbus Film Critics Association
2019
Best Actress Leave No Trace Nominated [26]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards
2019
Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated [27]
2020
Jojo Rabbit Nominated [28]
Denver Film Critics Society
2019
Best Supporting Actress Leave No Trace Nominated [29]
Detroit Film Critics Society
2018
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [30]
Dublin Film Critics' Circle
2018
Best Actress Nominated [31]
Florida Film Critics Circle
2018
Pauline Kael Breakout Award Runner-up [32]
Georgia Film Critics Association
2019
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [33]
Breakthrough Award Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards
2018
Breakthrough Actor Nominated [34]
Greater Western New York Film Critics Association
2018
Best Debut Performance Nominated [35]
Hawaii Film Critics Society
2022
Best Actress Last Night in Soho Nominated [36]
Hollywood Film Critics Association
2020
Best Actress 23 and Under Jojo Rabbit Nominated [37]
Independent Spirit Awards
2019
Best Supporting Female Leave No Trace Nominated [38]
Indiana Film Journalists Association
2018
Best Actress Nominated [39]
Breakout of the Year Nominated
2019
Best Supporting Actress Jojo Rabbit Nominated [40]
IndieWire Critics Poll
2018
Best Supporting Actress Leave No Trace Nominated [41]
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
2018
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [42]
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Best Actress 23 and Under Nominated [43]
Music City Film Critics Association
2019
Best Young Actress Nominated [44]
2020
Jojo Rabbit Nominated [45]
National Board of Review
2018
Best Breakthrough Performance Leave No Trace Won [46]
Online Association of Female Film Critics
2018
Best Supporting Female Nominated [47]
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Online Film and Television Association
2019
Best Youth Performance Nominated [48]
Best Female Breakthrough Nominated
Online Film Critics Society
2018
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [49]
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
2019
Best Breakthrough Performance Jojo Rabbit Runner-up [50]
Phoenix Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won [51]
San Diego Film Critics Society
2018
Best Supporting Actress Leave No Trace Nominated [52]
Best Breakthrough Artist Won
2019
Best Supporting Actress Jojo Rabbit Nominated [53]
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
2018
Best Supporting Actress Leave No Trace Nominated [54]
Seattle Film Critics Society
2018
Best Youth Performance Nominated [55]
2019
Jojo Rabbit Won [56]
Seattle International Film Festival
2018
Best Actress Leave No Trace Nominated [57]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
2018
Best Youth Performance Nominated [58]
2019
Jojo Rabbit Nominated [59]
Women Film Critics Circle
2018
Best Young Actress Leave No Trace Nominated [60]
Women's Image Network Awards
2020
Best Actress in a Feature Film Jojo Rabbit Nominated [61]

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