Kodi Smit-McPhee

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Kodi Smit-McPhee
Kodi Smit-McPhee Verge Jeff Vespa.jpg
Smit-McPhee in 2014.
Born (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 20)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Family Sianoa Smit-McPhee (sister)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (born 13 June 1996) is an Australian actor. He is best 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, and Nightcrawler in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse. He will also play Will Burrows (the main protagonist) in the upcoming film adaptation of the novel Tunnels.

Early life[edit]

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


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. His appearance in 2009's The Road saw him receive 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.

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

Smit-McPhee then starred in ParaNorman, in which he lent his voice as the lead role of Norman. The film 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 adaption 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.

In 2013, Smit-McPhee filmed the action science fiction film Young Ones. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. Soon after, he appeared in Slow West, which was released in 2015. In March 2014, he was cast in the Nine Network's eight-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 is 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 role whose older version was previously played by Alan Cumming.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Smit-McPhee lives in Los Angeles, California, with his sister.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Stranded Teddy Short film
2006 Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Toby Connelly Television film
2007 Romulus, My Father Raimond
2007 The King Young John Wesley Television film
2009 Tinytown Davis
2009 The Road Boy
2010 Let Me In Owen
2010 Matching Jack Finn
2012 ParaNorman Norman Babcock Voice
2012 Dead Europe Josef
2013 The Congress Aaron Wright
2013 Romeo & Juliet Benvolio
2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything David Portnoy
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Alexander
2014 All the Wilderness James Charm
2014 Young Ones Jerome Holm
2014 Maya the Bee Willy Voice
2015 Slow West Jay Cavendish
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
2017 The Solutrean


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Brandon Episode: "Umney's Last Case"
2006 Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Jackson Evans Episode: "The Fifth Quarter"
2006 Monarch Cove Young Jake 4 episodes
2015 Gallipoli Thomas "Tolly" Johnson Miniseries


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Sky Fibre - X-Men Apocalypse - Television Advertisement Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler Set after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse[5][6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


  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. ^ Shawn S. Lealos (February 18, 2015). "X-Men Apocalypse Casts Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler". Renegade Cinema. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Kodi Smit-McPhee cast as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer announces". News.com.au. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Sky Fibre and X-Men: Apocalypse TV Ad - Extended Cut
  6. ^ [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEGrk72p5sQ/ Sky Fibre and X-Men: Apocalypse TV Ad - Behind the Scenes (Visual Effects)

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