Winner: Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow Award 2013
Winner: Young Artists Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film, Bridge to Terabithia, 2008
Finalist: Teen Choice Awards for Soul Surfer (Best Actress) and The Carrie Diaries (Best Breakout Role)
Finalist: Grace Awards, Most Inspiring Performance in a Feature Film, Soul Surfer, 2011
Finalist Critics Choice Awards Best Actress, Bridge to Terabithia, 2008
"Leslie could never have come in full bloom without the freedom and life you showed me. You pulled Leslie out of me and I would never have won the award without your help. Thank you so much! I really hope we can do many more films together."
Bridge to Terabithia, Down A Dark Hall, Mercy Street, Soul Surfer
“I recently started coaching with Miranda and my only regret is that I did not discover her earlier. What I love about her approach is that it is 100% practical and applicable. Whereas in other acting classes I sometimes think, "well, this is interesting but how on earth am I going to apply what I'm learning here to when I'm actually working", the reverse is true with Miranda. She gave me exercises that had a clear objective: to deepen my connection with the text, my character and the other actors I was working with. And they really worked. Furthermore, Miranda has great insight. She immediately identifies aspects of you/your performance that aren't serving you, explains why this is so, and then offers tools to change these habits. She is direct and clear but never aggressive. She creates a supportive, focussed learning environment that means you get a lot done but also have fun in the process. I wholeheartedly recommend Miranda to anyone with an upcoming film or TV role - or even an audition. She will make you better.”
“It was a joy to work with Miranda. Her attention to detail and technique guided me in the right direction for me to play a role that was very much a side step from my previous endeavors. Her teaching was never overwhelming and her positive vibe and sense of humour made it easy for me to trust myself in the steps I was taking. Thanks to her I've gone from comic foil to leading man!”
Flight of the Concords, LoveBirds
“Miranda – I cannot thank you enough for all the help you have given me on this shoot. I have learned a lot from you, and will always remember our time together… I hope to work with you again some day.”
"I'm so thankful to have met Miranda. After one lesson with her I viewed my acting in a whole new way. She gave me the tools to connect with my character, to connect with my fellow actors, to listen and respond without fear and to really let go and live in the scene. Miranda doesn't sugar-coat. She is a no nonsense teacher but you always feel that she is on your side. She creates a relaxed, inspiring learning environment. Across all genres, she knows her stuff and really understands actors. Miranda, thank you for putting me on the right track with acting."
Crownies, Last Resort, When Calls the Heart
“Miranda is invaluable. She works tirelessly to ensure that every moment of an actor's performance is compelling; that every take is one they can stand by and one the director can work with in the edit. While working with Miranda on 'Under The Mountain' I felt safe in the knowledge that, if something wasn't working, she would always have a solution. Everything she gave us enhanced our work enormously, not to mention the production as a whole.”
Under the Mountain
"Working with Miranda was absolutely invaluable. With her insight and guidance I (along with the other actors and the director) was able to work on a significantly deeper level in a highly pressurized environment. I cannot recommend her highly enough, and my only regret is that I can't work with her on every job!"
"Just wanted to say thank you for being so amazing with us! your techniques are immediately applicable and so simply brilliant. I feel like i have grown more in this past week as an actor than the whole of last year. You are truly unique."
"I had an audition today, and I used the techniques I learnt while filming your class. It was the most amazing audition I've ever had, I've never felt so free and real. It wasn't forced or planned, and was completely connected to the reader. The things that happened surprised even myself. It was an amazing experience. The things I learnt from you are revolutionary to me, and have changed the way I will approach auditions, and screen acting in general, forever. Thank you for your class. "
"After working on Neighbours for 18 years I attended Miranda's masterclass seeking ways in which I could stimulate my work and improve my scene study and performance. I was thrilled to find that Miranda's approach has helped me do exactly that. Her clear and concise explanations of approach to performance stimulated my thinking to the point that my first week of work after the masterclass has felt fresh and exciting."
"That hour on skype with you was a revelation. Am buzzing on it still. M Harcourt RULES!"
"Thanks — it worked. I got the role and i am literally ecstatic! Everything is quite surreal and insane right now! So yeah, not my usual monday. Thank-you so much for all your help it was so appreciated"
"Miranda helped to make my first film role a really comfortable experience. She lifted my confidence and guided me with just the perfect effort."
Soul Surfer and Winner American Idol 2005
"Thank you for everything you have done for me throughout 2013. I really appreciate it! I look forward to what 2014 has to offer"
I want a mini Miranda Harcourt in my pocket when acting at all times. She is the best for working on text. Highly recommend!
“Miranda is amazing. Working with her is always a new experience. She really helps me make each character truly unique. She is an inspiration and truly loves the art of film. I love the work I’ve gotten to do with Miranda!”
The Hunger Games, The Orphan
"Miranda helped me so much in the research, development and performance of Lindsey Salmon in THE LOVELY BONES. I could not be more grateful for the work she has done, it was an absolute pleasure to have been introduced by Peter and Fran to such a talented actress and teacher."
The Lovely Bones
"Miranda was absolutely invaluable during my audition for Heavenly Creatures. In the course of just a few hours, she managed to help me give a performance that would convince Peter and Fran to trust me with such a difficult role. She taught me about screen acting, and gave me techniques that not only could my 15-year-old self easily understand and put into practice, but that I am still using in my work today. She helped me bring the intensity and emotion out of myself that the role required in a way that didn't damage me emotionally- she had a great understanding of what I was mature enough to handle, and pushed me without ever being scary or pushy, just supportive and encouraging."
Heavenly Creatures, Two and a Half Men, Up in the Air
Stella Adler once said, “Your talent is in your choices.” Miranda has a remarkable ability to draw out dynamic, specific, interesting choices, connecting your instincts with the character to create powerful and watchable performances.