Dame Miranda Harcourt honoured for services to film and theatre

Kiwi actor Miranda Harcourt has been made a Dame for her contribution to film and theatre.

Dame Miranda was named in the New Year's Honours and received her damehood at a ceremony in Wellington on Tuesday.

In the crowd was her mum, Dame Kate Harcourt, and her daughter Thomasin McKenzie.

Dame Miranda is no stranger to the stage, but admits she didn't know her way around this one. 

"I was quite nervous because I was the first one, so I had to get it right for everyone else," she said.

She's best known for her iconic role as Gemma in the '80s TV series Gloss, she flexed her directing muscle in the 2017 supernatural film The Changeover, and now coaches mega stars like Nicole Kidman.

"It's very humbling to be honoured for your work where you're alongside people who've worked hard for our nation, it's amazing," Dame Miranda said.

Though it's perhaps no surprise, given her mum is acting legend Dame Kate. 

"Our mother Dame Kate Harcourt has been through this before, so I knew which insignia I would get because she got it too," Dame Miranda said.

Also cheering Dame Miranda on was her daughter and rising star Thomasin McKenzie, who has been in major films like Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit and the 2021 thriller Last Night in Soho

"I'm very proud of my mum. She is the hardest-working person I know. I've never seen her take a holiday ever."

She also admits her mum and grandmother are tough acts to follow. 

"There's a little bit of pressure. My grandmother is a dame, my mum is a dame, so it's now up to me to try and carry on that tradition."

Proving there's no stopping this talented Kiwi family.