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Miranda Harcourt - Rata Studios

Over the past several years, Harcourt has established a powerful reputation amongst Hollywood’s big hitters—as seen in Nicole Kidman’s Emmy award-winning shout-out to Miranda’s ongoing work with her in Big Little Lies and other projects.

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She’s one of New Zealand’s most recognisable actors and directors, but it’s her work as an acting coach that earns Miranda Harcourt a place as a New Influencer in 2018.

Over the past several years, Harcourt has established a powerful reputation amongst Hollywood’s big hitters—as seen in Nicole Kidman’s Emmy award-winning shout-out to Miranda’s ongoing work with her in Big Little Lies and other projects. Here in Wellington, Harcourt’s influence is continuing to be felt as she fosters aspiring screen talent through Rata Studios.

Her young actors are turning up in productions all over the place, not least Erana James’ celebrated lead performance in Harcourt and husband Stuart McKenzie’s acclaimed screen adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s The Changeover. And this year, the latest success is Harcourt and McKenzie’s own daughter Thomas in Harcourt-McKenzie whose starring role in American indie movie Leave No Trace alongside Ben Foster has been hailed at the Sundance Film Festival as a breakout performance.

If New Zealand produces a true movie superstar within the next decade, it’s most likely she or he will have been coached and mentored by Miranda Harcourt.