Kodi Smit-McPhee

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Kodi Smit-McPhee
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Smit-McPhee at the 2019 WonderCon
Years active2005–present
FamilySianoa Smit-McPhee (sister)

Kodi Smit-McPhee is an Australian actor. He is known for his roles as The Boy in The Road, Owen in Let Me In, Norman Babcock in ParaNorman, Alexander in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix, and the lead role in the prehistoric film Alpha.

Early life[edit]

Smit-McPhee was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Sonja Smit and Andy McPhee. His father is an actor and former professional wrestler. His older sister is actress and singer Sianoa Smit-McPhee.[1]


Smit-McPhee at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International

Smit-McPhee's first feature film role was in Romulus, My Father, which garnered him the 2007 AFI Award for Best Young Actor as well as a Best Actor nomination. For his appearance in The Road (2009), he received a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor and a 2010 Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination for Best International Actor. The following year, he starred in Let Me In, for which he received a 2010 Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor for his performance in the film; he was also nominated for the film Matching Jack the same year. In 2012, he filmed The Congress. The film premiered at the 2013 Directors' Fortnight at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.[citation needed]

Viggo Mortensen, Smit-McPhee, Joe Penhall, John Hillcoat, and Steve Schwartz at the 2009 premiere of The Road

Smit-McPhee then voiced the lead role of Norman in ParaNorman, a 2012 animated comedy horror film which was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the 2013 Academy Awards, and also received a 2013 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Animated Film. Later the same year, Smit-McPhee had a role in Dead Europe, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. His next role came in The Wilderness of James in the title role of James. He also starred in A Birder's Guide to Everything, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and played Benvolio in a film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He co-starred in the 20th Century Fox film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). The project reunited him with director Matt Reeves, with whom he previously worked with on the film Let Me In.[citation needed]

In 2013, Smit-McPhee filmed the action science fiction film Young Ones. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. Soon afterwards he appeared in Slow West, which was released in 2015.[citation needed] In March 2014, he was cast in the Nine Network's seven-part drama series Gallipoli; which was broadcast in February and March 2015, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. He plays 17-year-old Thomas "Tolly" Johnson, who ages himself up so that he can enlist with his brother Bevan and ends up fighting at Gallipoli in the campaign that helped create the Anzac legend.[2] The series was produced by Endemol Australia and was shot over a three-month period starting in March 2014. Smit-McPhee played Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), a character whose older version was previously played by Alan Cumming.[3] Smit-McPhee reprised the role in Dark Phoenix, which was released in 2019.[4]

In 2018, he played the central character Keda, an Ice Age adolescent who tames a wolf, in Alpha.[citation needed] Jane Campion's first feature film in 12 years, The Power of the Dog, featured Smit-McPhee in a lead role in 2021.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Smit-McPhee was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis, at age 16.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Stranded Teddy Short film
2006 Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Toby Connelly Television film
2007 The King Young John Wesley Television film
Romulus, My Father Raimond
2009 The Road Boy
Tinytown Davis
2010 Let Me In Owen
Matching Jack Finn
2012 Dead Europe Josef
ParaNorman Norman Babcock (voice)
2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything David Portnoy
The Congress Aaron Wright
Romeo & Juliet Benvolio
2014 All the Wilderness James Charm
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Alexander
Maya the Bee Willy (voice)
Young Ones Jerome Holm
2015 Slow West Jay Cavendish
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
2018 Alpha Keda
Deadpool 2 Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler Uncredited cameo
2019 Dark Phoenix Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Dolemite Is My Name Nicholas Josef von Sternberg
2020 2067 Ethan Whyte
2021 The Power of the Dog Peter Gordon
2022 Elvis Jimmie Rodgers Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Monarch Cove Young Jake 4 episodes
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Brandon Episode: "Umney's Last Case"
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Jackson Evans Episode: "The Fifth Quarter"
2011–2016 Poppy Cat Ravi (voice)
2015 Gallipoli Thomas "Tolly" Johnson Miniseries
2020 Interrogation Chris Keller

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2007 Australian Film Institute Best Lead Actor Romulus, My Father Nominated
Young Actor's Award Romulus, My Father Won
2008 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor – Supporting Role Romulus, My Father Won
Special Achievement Award Romulus, My Father Won
2009 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Romulus, My Father Won
2010 Australian Film Institute Best Actor The Road Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Matching Jack Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actor/Actress The Road Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor The Road Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth (Male) Let Me In Won
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Road Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Award Best Young Actor Let Me In Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Let Me In Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Male Supporting Actor Matching Jack Nominated
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Let Me In Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble for a Feature Film Let Me In Nominated
2015 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Nominated
2021 Key West Film Festival Golden Key for Emerging Talent The Power of the Dog Won [6]



  1. ^ "Acting game is a family affair". Sydney Morning Herald. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  2. ^ Knox, David (3 March 2014). "Nine announces Gallipoli cast". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  3. ^ Lealos, Shawn S. (18 February 2015). "X-Men Apocalypse Casts Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler". Renegade Cinema. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (14 June 2017). "Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  5. ^ Hawgood, Alex (31 May 2019). "Kodi Smit-McPhee, a Star of 'X Men: Dark Phoenix,' Has Real-Life Battles". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  6. ^ Moye, Clarence (15 October 2021). "Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sean Baker, and Clint Bentley To Receive Golden Key Awards from Key West Film Festival". Awardsdaily. Archived from the original on 15 October 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.

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