Kodi Smit-McPhee

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Kodi Smit-McPhee
Smit-McPhee at the 2019 WonderCon
Born (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 28)[1]
Years active2005–present
RelativesSianoa Smit-McPhee (sister)
AwardsFull list

Kodi Smit-McPhee (born 13 June 1996) is an Australian actor. He gained recognition as a child actor for his leading roles in The Road (2009) and Let Me In (2010). He provided the voice of the titular character in ParaNorman (2012) and appeared in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Alpha (2018), and Dark Phoenix (2019).

In 2021, Smit-McPhee garnered critical acclaim for playing a troubled teenager in Jane Campion's western film The Power of the Dog. He received various accolades for his performance, including a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Early life[edit]

Smit-McPhee was born on 13 June 1996[1] in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Sonja Smit and Andy McPhee. His father is an actor and former professional wrestler. His older sister is actress and singer Sianoa Smit-McPhee.[2]

At age 16, Smit-McPhee was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a degenerative form of arthritis which causes vertebrae in the spine to fuse and can lead to chronic pain and loss of vision.[3][4] While filming The Power of the Dog, his vision was impaired in his left eye due to a severe cataract related to his condition.[5]


Smit-McPhee at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con

Smit-McPhee's first feature film role was in Romulus, My Father, which garnered him the 2007 AFI Award for Best Young Actor[6] as well as a Best Actor nomination.[7] For his appearance in The Road (2009), he received a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor[8] and a 2010 Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination for Best International Actor.[9] The following year, he starred in Let Me In, for which he received a 2010 Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor for his performance in the film.[10]

Viggo Mortensen, Smit-McPhee, Joe Penhall, John Hillcoat, and Steve Schwartz at the 2009 premiere of The Road

Smit-McPhee then voiced the lead role of Norman in ParaNorman, a 2012 animated comedy horror film which was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the 2013 Academy Awards, and also received a 2013 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Animated Film. Later the same year, Smit-McPhee had a role in Dead Europe, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. His next role came in The Wilderness of James in the title role of James. He also starred in A Birder's Guide to Everything, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and played Benvolio in a film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He co-starred in the 20th Century Fox film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).[11]

In 2013, Smit-McPhee filmed the action science fiction film Young Ones. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. Soon afterwards he appeared in Slow West, which was released in 2015.[12]

In March 2014, he was cast in the Nine Network's seven-part drama series Gallipoli which was broadcast in February and March 2015, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. He plays 17-year-old Thomas "Tolly" Johnson, who pretends to be older so that he can enlist with his brother Bevan and ends up fighting at Gallipoli in the campaign that helped create the Anzac legend.[13] Aged 17 when he undertook the role, Smit-McPhee said afterwards that it showed "that soldiers aren't the patriotic brave souls they look like, it's showing them at their most vulnerable in tragic times and when they are terrified".[14]

Smit-McPhee played Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), a character whose older version was previously played by Alan Cumming.[15] Smit-McPhee reprised the role in Dark Phoenix, which was released in 2019.[16]

In 2018, he played the central character Keda, an Ice Age adolescent who tames a wolf, in Alpha.[17]

In 2021, Smit-McPhee starred in Jane Campion's film The Power of the Dog. The film premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, where it opened to critical acclaim. Smit-McPhee's performance in particular received praise, with Carlos Aguilar of TheWrap calling him "terrifyingly remarkable" and Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian writing, "Smit-McPhee brings something inscrutably complex and reserved to his character's behaviour".[18][19] In March 2022, Smit-McPhee joined Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming Apple+ series Disclaimer.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Romulus, My Father Raimond
2009 The Road Boy
Tinytown Davis
2010 Let Me In Owen
Matching Jack Finn
2012 Dead Europe Josef
ParaNorman Norman Babcock (voice)
2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything David Portnoy
The Congress Aaron Wright
Romeo & Juliet Benvolio
2014 All the Wilderness James Charm
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Alexander
Maya the Bee Willy (voice)
Young Ones Jerome Holm
2015 Slow West Jay Cavendish
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
2018 Alpha Keda
2019 Dark Phoenix Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Dolemite Is My Name Nicholas Josef von Sternberg
2020 2067 Ethan Whyte
2021 The Power of the Dog Peter Gordon
2022 Elvis Jimmie Rodgers Snow
2024 Memoir of a Snail Gilbert Pudel (voice)
TBA Maria Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Monarch Cove Young Jake 4 episodes
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Brandon Episode: "Umney's Last Case"
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Jackson Evans Episode: "The Fifth Quarter"
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Toby Connelly Television film
2007 The King Young John Wesley Television film
2011–2016 Poppy Cat Ravi (voice)
2015 Gallipoli Thomas "Tolly" Johnson Miniseries
2020 Interrogation Chris Keller Main role
TBA Disclaimer Upcoming miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Smit-McPhee received many youth awards for his performances in films Romulus, My Father (2007), The Road (2009) and Let Me In (2010).

His critically acclaimed performance[5] in The Power of the Dog (2021) earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as nominations in that category at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Critics' Choice and SAG Awards.


  1. ^ a b "Kodi Smit-McPhee". Golden Globes. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Acting game is a family affair". Sydney Morning Herald. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  3. ^ Hawgood, Alex (31 May 2019). "Kodi Smit-McPhee, a Star of 'X Men: Dark Phoenix,' Has Real-Life Battles". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  4. ^ Paiella, Gabriella (3 December 2021). "Kodi Smit-McPhee Is Here Now". GQ. Retrieved 8 August 2023.
  5. ^ a b Bahr, Sarah (3 December 2021). "Kodi Smit-McPhee on Quiet Confidence, Chronic Pain and 'The Power of the Dog'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  6. ^ "AFI Awards - Awards Room 2007". zimbio.com. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Australian Film Institute Awards 2007 Best Lead Actor". australiantelevision.net. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  8. ^ "15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2010)". criticschoice.com. 21 November 2011. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  9. ^ "2010 AFI Awards: Nominees". tvtonight.com.au. 27 October 2010.
  10. ^ "16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2011)". criticschoice.com. 20 November 2011.
  11. ^ Yamato, Jen (22 February 2013). "'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Casts Kodi Smit-McPhee". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ "Slow West". Sundance Film Festival.
  13. ^ Knox, David (3 March 2014). "Nine announces Gallipoli cast". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  14. ^ Cartwright, Darren (3 February 2015). "Gallipoli star hates war even more". Stuff. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  15. ^ Lealos, Shawn S. (18 February 2015). "X-Men Apocalypse Casts Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler". Renegade Cinema. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (14 June 2017). "Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  17. ^ White, James (12 November 2015). "Kodi Smit-McPhee starring in The Solutrean". Empire.
  18. ^ Aguilar, Carlos (December 2021). "'The Power of the Dog' Film Review: Jane Campion Western Explores Cowboy Masculinity as Camouflage". TheWrap. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  19. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (17 November 2021). "The Power of the Dog review – Jane Campion's superb gothic western is mysterious and menacing". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  20. ^ "Alfonso Cuarón's Apple Series 'Disclaimer' Adds The Power Of The Dog Oscar Nominee Kodi Smit-McPhee". Deadline. March 2022.

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