Miranda Harcourt Actor Profile







Wellington, New Zealand


174 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Miranda is a celebrated New Zealand actress, director and acting coach, who has mentored some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Her career began over 30 years ago, when she starred as Gemma Redfern in the notorious Kiwi television series Gloss. Since then, she has starred in New Zealand feature films For Good, Fracture, The Rehearsal and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. She has appeared in telemovies Tangiwai, based on one of New Zealand’s most infamous historical tragedies, and Jean, about the legendary Kiwi aviator Jean Batten. Alongside her husband Stuart McKenzie, Miranda directed the 2017 film The Changeover, based on the novel by Margreat Mahy. An internationally renowned acting coach, Miranda has worked with actors such as Nicole Kidman, Saiorse Ronan, Dev Patel, AnnaSophia Robb and many more. She has coached on films such as BAFTA-winning film Lion, and acclaimed films Heavenly Creatures and Bridge to Terabithia.


2012New Zealand Television Awards-Finalist Best Performance by a Supporting Actress-Tangiwai: A Love Story
2003New Zealand Film Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actress - For Good
2002Appointment as an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit- ONZM for Services to the Theatre and Community
1999Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards Winner - Best Production - Much Ado About Nothing
1999New Zealand Film Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actress - Duggan
1993Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards Winner - Best Actress - A Dolls House
1993New Zealand Film Awards Nomination - Best Actress - Act Of Murder
1989New Zealand Film Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actress - Gloss

Feature Film.

2022KĀINGASarah (Supporting )S
Dir. Nahyeon Lee
2015The RehearsalLivia (Major Support)Rehearsal Films
Dir. Alison Maclean
2013The Hobbit Laketown Mother3 Foot 7 Limited
Dir. Peter Jackson
2004FractureIrene Rosser (Support )Kahukura Productions
Dir. Larry Parr
2003For GoodFleur Hill (Lead )MAP Film Productions
Dir. Stuart McKenzie
2000ClarePhillida Bunkle (Support)Gibson Group
Dir. Yvonne Mackay
1997Topless Women Talk About Their LivesSoap Star (Support )John Swimmer Productions
Dir. Harry Sinclair
1988Send a GorillaKerry Anne (Major Support )Preston Laing Productions
Dir. Melanie Read
1981Bad BloodIvy Smith (Support )Southern Pictures
Dir. Mike Newell

Short Film.

1996Chinese WhispersMAP Film Productions
Dir. Stuart McKenzie & Neil Pardington
1995Dirty CreatureTop Shelf Productions/Wingnut Films
Dir. Grant Campbell
1994SnapMAP Film Productions
Dir. Stuart McKenzie
1994The DigDaughterMAP Film Productions
Dir. Neil Pardington
1992Ends MeatIndependent & General Productions
Dir. Stuart McKenzie
1992I'm In HereKeir & Cox Productions
Dir. Danny Mulheron


2023My Life Is Murder S3Cynthia (Guest)Dir. Various
2020Shortland StreetSusan Rolleston (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2019Wellington Paranormal - Season 2Mrs HopperNew Zealand Documentary Board Ltd
Dir. Various
2016Jean - Telefeature Sunday Montana Theatre TVNZEllen Batten (Major Support)Lippy Productions
Dir. Rob Sarkies
2016Lucy Lewis Can't LoseMs Parker (Principal)Redletter TV
2015Shortland StreetSusan Rolleston (Recurring Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2015The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 2Paula (Guest)Prime TV
2014Passion in ParadiseDr HorneDir. Bryan Bruce
2013Passion in Paradise Prof. Elaine Williams (Support)Red Sky Film & Television Ltd
2013Shortland StreetSusan Rolleston (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2011Rage Fran Oram (Support)Tom Scott Productions Limited
Dir. Danny Mulheron
2010Paradise Cafe Series 2Victoria (Support)The Gibson Group
2010TangiwaiMabel LoveLippy Pictures Limited
Dir. Charlie Haskell
2008Paradise Cafe Series 1Victoria (Lead/Core)Gibson Group
2008Until Proven InnocentDr. Sullivan (Support)Lippy Productions
2007A Tall Long Faced TaleDidoProduction Shed.TV Ltd
2003The StripNatalieGibson Group
Dir. Danny Mulheron
1998DugganChristineGibson Group
Dir. Yvonne Mckay
1997City LifeRebekah (Regular Recurring)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Chris Bailey
1994Act of MurderDanika (Lead )Point of View Productions
Dir. Shirley Horrocks
1994At The End of the DaySolo (Lead )Kotuku Productions
Dir. Peter Sharp
1994Cover StoryMargaretGibson Group
Dir. Mike Smith
1994Riding High Series 1Annabel (Guest)Television New Zealand
1993Typhons PeopleHilary Gladstone (Lead/Core)Gibson Group
Dir. Yvonne McKay
1992Marlin BayGuest RoleSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Steve LaHood
1992Shortland StreetMadeleine Trent (Regular Recurring)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Simon Bennett
1989The Arcadia FactorLead RoleTelevision New Zealand
Dir. Wayne Tourelle
1987Gloss Series 1 - 3Gemma Stace (Pivotal Lead)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Aileen O'Sullivan, Peter Sharp & Wayne Tourelle


2003Top GirlsMarlene (Lead)Downstage Theatre, Wellington
Dir. Colin McColl
1998Flowers From My Mother's GardenMirandaNew Zealand International Arts Festival
Dir. Roy Ward


2018World of Wearable Art
2017Hyundai MotorsVoice Artist
2016Hyundai MotorsVoice Artist
2015Corelogic IVR - 12 Months NZSputnik
2015Furniture company
2014BNZ (Brand Demo)Colenso BBDO
2014Hyundai VO Exclusivity + VoiceVoice ArtistShine Ltd
2011Voice of Hyundai
2010Hairy MaclaryNarratorAnimation Series
2009Child Cancer - TV
2008Save The Children Fund - TV
2007Moore Wilson - Radio
2006NZ Lotteries - TV & Radio
2006NZ Trade & Enterprise - Radio
2006Radio New Zealand Independent - TV
2006Voice of Hyundai - TV
2006Whitcoulls - TV
2005Frontier of Dreams - TV
2005Get A Life Coach - Television New ZealandNarrator
2004Blind Institute Dog Charity - TV
2004Telecom - TV & Radio
2003Airforce - TV/Radio
2003Dunedin Art Gallery
2003Porse Nanny Network - TV
1995Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's DairyNarrator

Web Series.

2017Lucy Lewis Can't LoseMrs ParkerThe Casting Company