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Thomasin McKenzie

Talented young actress Thomasin McKenzie has acting in her blood so it was almost inevitable that she would end up working in front of the camera. Her mother is well-known NZ actor, Miranda Harcourt, her father, Stuart McKenzie is a writer and director and her grandmother is acting legend, Dame Kate Harcourt, so she comes from a long lineage of thespians.

Despite this, Thomasin claims she wasn't initially interested in acting when she was growing up, she learnt from an early age that acting was a hard career path to head down. She dabbled in a few smaller roles, but what really changed the 14 year olds mind, was a role in the controversial telefeature, Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story, where she played the young Louise.

The role challenged her in a way that made her realise there was more to acting than she had previously experienced and lead her to consider taking on other roles if they ever arose.

The teenager is currently commuting between Auckland and her hometown of Wellington for her role on Shortland Street as young cancer victim, Pixie Hannah, getting back to school whenever she can find a gap in the filming schedule.

Thomasin has also starred in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and the New Zealand film, Existence.