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Dame Miranda

World renowned Acting Coach and communication expert


One of New Zealand's most-loved actresses, Dame Miranda Harcourt's acting ability was truly recognised when she toured New Zealand and overseas to Edinburgh, London, Denver, Hong Kong and Sydney with the solo show 'Verbatim', by William Brandt.

She has appeared in a number of stage, film and television productions, including three series of Gloss, Marlin Bay, Typhon's People, City Life, the award-winning, Ends Meat, and TV1's telemovie, Duggan.

Previous experience
Miranda is not only an outstanding actress but as former head of acting at New Zealand drama school Toi Whakaari she's passing on her knowledge to the new generation now specialising in child acting courses and on-set coaching. She's a woman with a social and political conscience; teaching drama in prisons, psychiatric institutions, schools, and with the deaf and disabled.

Over the years accolades from her peers include an ONZM, a Media Peace Prize, Best actress, Best Short film and Best Production at both the Chapman Trip Awards and the New Zealand Film and Television Awards. In the 2022 New Year Honours, Miranda was announced to be named a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) for her services to the screen industry and theatre.

Current work
Miranda's widely varying experiences have allowed her a chance to view the world from a different perspective, and she enjoys offering that new perspective to others. Her skills enable her to relate to a wide range of audiences as a facilitator, MC, interactive presenter, or as a communicator who can get your message across.

Miranda is an inspirational public figure with a hybrid reputation for both glamour and philanthropy.

Miranda was excellent, we received lots of positive comments. Corbans Wines

Miranda tied the afternoon together brilliantly. Her style was very relaxed but also very professional.

Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co

Miranda's presentation was wonderful. As the last speaker on the last day of the conference she was amazing - great to work with, nothing too much trouble, on time, well prepared, professional, content targeted the audience.

Alliance of Girls' Schools

Miranda invested time with us to really understand our delegates, the focus of the conference and the objectives of her sessions. This meant she delivered a tailored and highly relevant keynote and 2 workshops that were meaningful and practical for our delegates.

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