Thomasin McKenzie

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McKenzie in 2018
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie

(2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 19) [1]
Wellington, New Zealand [1]
Education Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
Years active2011–present
Parent(s)Stuart McKenzie
Miranda Harcourt
Relatives Kate Harcourt (grandmother)

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (born 26 July 2000) [1] is a New Zealand actress. She is best known for her breakout role in the 2018 American film Leave No Trace , for which she received critical acclaim. [2] [3] [4]

<i>Leave No Trace</i> (film) 2018 film directed by Debra Granik

Leave No Trace is a 2018 American drama film directed by Debra Granik and written by Granik and Anne Rosellini, based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock. The plot follows a military veteran father with PTSD who lives in the forest with his young daughter. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and was theatrically released by Bleecker Street in the United States, on June 29, 2018. The film received universal critical acclaim, with praise for the performances of Foster and McKenzie, and, after Paddington 2, it is the second-most reviewed film to hold an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Personal life

McKenzie was born in Wellington, New Zealand [1] to actress Miranda Harcourt and director Stuart McKenzie. She is of Anglo-Celtic descent and lives in Wellington, where she attended Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, graduating in 2018. [2]

Miranda Harcourt actress

Miranda Catherine Millais Harcourt is a New Zealand actress and acting coach. She is the daughter of actress Dame Kate Harcourt.

Anglo-Celtic people are descended primarily from British and Irish people. The concept is mainly relevant outside of Great Britain and Ireland, particularly in Australia but also in Canada, the United States of America, New Zealand and South Africa, where a significant diaspora is located.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School is located in the Wellington suburb of Karori in New Zealand. It has a socio-economic decile of 10 and provides private year 1 to 13 education for girls, with a co-educational Preschool. Its exam results rank consistently in the top schools in New Zealand. Samuel Marsden Collegiate School students complete the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) but the school also offers Cambridge A-Level exams in certain subjects.

She is the granddaughter of actress Kate Harcourt and Peter Harcourt. Peter was from the family that founded real estate company Harcourts International. [5]

Kate Harcourt New Zealand actress

Dame Catherine Winifred Harcourt, known professionally as Kate Harcourt, is a New Zealand actor. Listen with Mother, "a morning radio show for pre-schoolers" that aired nationally, "led her to television, as host of the Wellington version of children's show Junior Magazine." Over her long career she has worked in comedy as well as drama in theatre, film, and TV.

John Bateman Harcourt established the Harcourts real estate company in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1888.



YearTitleRoleNotes [6]
2014Consent: The Louise Nicholas StoryYoung Louise
2014A Long BesideKate (young)Short film
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Astrid
2015The Boyfriend GameEdith
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 Performer
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 Phillippa
Jojo Rabbit Elsa Korr
True History of the Kelly Gang Mary
2020 Last Night in Soho EloisePost-production
TBA Lost Girls Post-production


YearTitleRoleNotes [6]
2014Consent: The Louise Nicholas StoryYoung LouiseTelevision film
2015 Shortland Street Pixie Hannah 28 episodes
2016Bright Summer NightPetra QuinceEpisode: "Finale"
2016JeanYoung JeanTelevision film
2017The Cul De SacWilla3 episodes
2017 Lucy Lewis Can't Lose Lucy Lewis11 episodes

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  2. 1 2 Keogh, Brittany (10 March 2017). "Young Kiwi actor Thomasin McKenzie's big break in US movie My Abandonment" . Retrieved 19 April 2017.
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