Thomasin McKenzie

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Thomasin McKenzie
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McKenzie in November 2019
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie

(2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 21)
Wellington, New Zealand
EducationSamuel Marsden Collegiate School
Years active2012–present
Known forLeave No Trace
Jojo Rabbit
RelativesKate Harcourt (grandmother)

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (born 26 July 2000) is a New Zealand actress. She rose to prominence and garnered critical acclaim for playing the lead role in Debra Granik's 2018 drama film Leave No Trace.[1][2] She has also appeared in supporting roles in Jojo Rabbit and True History of the Kelly Gang.[3]

Early life[edit]

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 (née Fulton) and Peter Harcourt. Peter's family founded the Australian real estate company Harcourts International.[5]


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 war veteran in Leave No Trace, for which her performance received critical acclaim and won her 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 principal supporting role in satirical comedy drama Jojo Rabbit, where she plays a young Jewish girl hiding in the attic of the main character's house (played by Roman Griffin Davis), for which she gained further recognition by critics and audience alike.

She was cast in Top Gun: Maverick, but dropped out in favor of other projects, such as 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 will play the lead in psychological horror Last Night in Soho. She is also set to portray American gymnast Kerri Strug in Perfect, directed by Olivia Wilde.

Personal life[edit]

McKenzie lives in Wellington. She graduated from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in 2018.[1]



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
TBA Perfect Kerri Strug


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[6]


  1. ^ a b 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". 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. ^ 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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