Facts about Mackenzie Davis: Grace in Terminator Dark Fate and other movies

Mackenzie Davis is a Canadian actress, producer, and model, who starred as the augmented super-soldier Grace in “Terminator: Dark Fate”. She was born Mackenzie Rio Davis on 1 April 1987 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada’s third-most populous province.

She had a flair for acting and went on to study how to act at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. It didn’t take very long for film director Drake Doremus to discover her, and she went on to make her acting debut in his feature film “Breathe In” in 2013.

Before then, she had made a small appearance in “Smashed” (2012), and after Drake Doremus 2013 film, Mackenzie starred in a couple of others including, “What If” (2013), “That Awkward Moment” (2014), “The Martian” (2015), “Blade Runner 2049” (2017), and “Happiest Season” (2020).

Her most notable role came in 2019 when she was cast in the Terminator franchise as Grace. The actress has been active in Hollywood since 2011.

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10 need to know facts about Mackenzie Davis

  1. She was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  2. Her parents are John Davis and Lotte, and they own a hair care business called AG Hair Care.
  3. Mackenzie Davis has dual Canadian and UK citizenship.
  4. She studied English Literature and Women’s Studies at the University (McGill University, Montreal) and acting after moving to New York.
  5. She is not married neither is she homosexual.
  6. She has been in films with top stars like Zac Effron, Ryan Gosling, Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others.
  7. Mackenzie Davis is not a fan of social media but believes she is loud, outgoing, and passionate.
  8. As early as 2013, when her career was just getting started, she won the Canadian Screen Award nomination for her role in “The F Word” (2013).
  9. She believes she has a very addictive personality.
  10. She is a very private person and does not share personal information regarding her family in public.

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Early life and education

Mackenzie Davis was born on 1 April 1987 to Lotte and John Davis. Lotte was a graphics designer from South Africa, while John was a hairdresser from Liverpool, England. She grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and her parents owned AG Hair Care.

Growing up, Mackenzie wanted to be Beetlejuice, a poltergeist from the 1988 fantasy comedy film by the same name. She said, “I watched nonstop ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘The Princess Bride’ growing up.”

She rarely talks about her family making it difficult for us to provide any detail about them.

While in college, Mackenzie claimed to have modelled for some time. According to IMDB, she said, “I was desperate to travel, and I got scouted, and they wanted me to go to Paris and London for six months. And I discovered that I hated it. I didn’t like the expectation to be pretty all the time.”

Mackenzie Davis does not have any known siblings, but we found that she did graduate from the private Collingwood School in 2005 before going on to study English Literature and Women’s Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

After obtaining a degree, she enrolled at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City to study acting.

Career as an actress

Mackenzie Davis, after her university education, decided to study acting. She moved to the United States of America, where she enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse to study acting since she wanted to pursue a career as an actress.

During her college days, film director Drake Doremus discovered Mackenzie Davis, and he cast her to feature in his feature film “Breathe In” back in 2013. However, she had already gotten her first acting role in “Smashed” in 2012. She has since featured in a host of movies and series to date.

Her career is also decorated with achievements as she was bestowed a Canadian Screen Award nomination for her role in “The F Word” (2013). In some countries, it was released as “What if?”.

After this early start, Mackenzie appeared in the film “The Awkward Moment” in 2014. The American romantic comedy-drama film starred Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, to name but a few. Although the film received negative reviews from critics, Zac Effron still went on to win the 2014 MTV Movie Awards for Best Shirtless Performance for the film.

Then in 2015, Mackenzie Davis starred as one of the casts for the science fiction film “The Martian”, directed by Ridley Scott. Matt Damon was the lead actor in the film. In 2016, Mackenzie starred as Yorkie in “San Junipero”, an episode of the anthology series “Black Mirror”.

The actress has starred alongside some famous actors and actresses over her acting career, and the 2017 movie “Blade Runner 2049” is another example. The film had Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Dave Bautista on it, and Mackenzie played Mariette.

Among the top films she has been in, 2019’s Terminator instalment “Terminator: Dark Fate” stands out. Mackenzie played the role of the augmented super-soldier Grace in the film alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

These are just about some of the few film she has been on. She has also been in TV series and played the role of a computer programmer Cameron Howe in “Halt and Catch Fire”, which aired from 2014 to 2017.

Terminator: Dark Fate Grace

Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and Linda Hamilton in Terminator Dark Fate
Mackenzie Davis (center), Natalia Reyes (left), and Linda Hamilton (right)

One of the films Mackenzie Davis got very famous for was playing one of the lead roles in the Terminator franchise “Terminator: Dark Fate”.

She portrayed the role of Grace the augmented super-soldier who came from the future to protect Dani Ramos who is in Mexico in the current timeline from an advanced Terminator, the Rev-9.

Cameron Howe

cameron howe

Cameron Howe is a fictional character portrayed by Mackenzie Davis in the American period drama television series created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, “Halt and Catch Fire”, which aired from 1 June 2014 to 14 October 2017, spanning four seasons and 40 episodes.

Mackenzie (Cameron Howe) was a college dropout, who puts her future in jeopardy to join Joe MacMillan’s rogue PC project. This 22-year-old prodigy shocks the system of conservative, old-guard Cardiff Electric, but she simultaneously represents what is next in the world of computing while delivering a slap in the face to the traditionally male-dominated 1980s tech industry.

Mackenzie Davis movies

Her filmography spans almost over 20 films in her career so far and many of them have done relatively well. Let’s take a look at the movies she has been in over the years and roles she played in the table below.

Year Title Role
2011 Alex Terri
2012 Smashed Millie
2012 The Hat Goes Wild Cathy
2013 Breathe In Lauren Reynolds
2013 The F Word Nicole
2013 Bad Turn Worse Sue
2013 Plato’s Reality Machine Sophia
2013 Moontown Shayna
2014 That Awkward Moment Chelsea
2014 Emptied Charlotte Laurence
2015 Freaks of Nature Petra Lane
2015 A Country Called Home Reno
2015 Memory Box Isabelle
2015 The Martian Mindy Park
2016 Always Shine Anna
2017 Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town Izzy
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Mariette
2018 Boomerang Jenifer
2018 Tully Tully
2019 Terminator: Dark Fate Grace Harper
2020 The Turning Kate Mandell
2020 Irresistible Diana Hastings
2020 Happiest Season Harper Caldwell


She has also acted in a couple of TV series as well and there is a pretty decent list of that too.

Year Title Role Notes
2012 I Just Want My Pants Back Lucie Episode: “Safety Nets”
2014–2017 Halt and Catch Fire Cameron Howe Main role; 40 episodes
2016 Black Mirror Yorkie Episode: “San Junipero”
2017 No Activity Patricia / “Pat the Rat” Episode: “The Witness”
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Princess Buttercup Episode: “The Shrieking Eels”
2021 Station Eleven Kirsten Upcoming miniseries


Her career wouldn’t be complete if she doesn’t have a few nominations and awards under her belt and trust that she does. Over a stellar career so far, Mackenzie Davis has been nominated in several jury awards at film festivals and a shared Ensemble Award at the CinemaCon Award in 2019.

Personal life

Mackenzie Davis height, partner, Terminator Dark Fate Grace, movies

Mackenzie Davis, despite being a model and an actress, who has starred in several movies and is constantly in the media, does a pretty good job in hiding any personal information about herself.

Yes, we do know she was born on 1 April 1987 and that her parents, John Davis and Lotte, own a business, a haircare company AG Hair Care, however, we can only assume she is an only child as no information about having siblings is available anywhere just yet.

Mackenzie was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where she also attended elementary and high school. She finished from the private Collingwood School in 2005 and then enrolled to study English literature and women’s studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

She is currently 34 years old and it’s unknown if she is married or has had any children or if she has a romantic partner. Some even think she might be homosexual. Those rumors started spreading because Mackenzie Davis often plays the role of a strong female character in most of her films.

Her role in “Terminator: Dark Fate” drew those notions and during her interview with Vulture, she addressed it saying, “I’m so happy to be a part of it. I just think that’s so cool. I feel like l_sbians haven’t really had their time the way g_ys have, but l_sbians are having a time right now in such a satisfying way. I’m so honored to be in any way involved or invited to participate in small doses.”

Mackenzie Davis partner

She has no partner according to official records however, she has been seen often in the company of Gus Thompson at event ceremonies.

It’s been rumored the pair are dating but she has yet to confirm or denounce the notion.

Mackenzie Davis and Gus Thompson
Mackenzie Davis and Gus Thompson at the Fortuna Desperata Opening Night

Mackenzie Davis Instagram

Its somewhat odd for someone who is a model and famous actress to come out and say she is not a fan of social media, however, it is not quite unusual.

Many famous celebrities like her don’t have social media accounts and others even have someone managing it on their behalf.

As for Mackenzie Davis, she has no known verified or official Instagram account as of this publication. In short, there’s no official account of hers on any popular social media platform currently.

IMDB quoted her as saying, “I dream of not having access to technology. I think it’s a very wonderful time that we have found ourselves in, in terms of access to information, but alone time is better for some personalities than others. And I would very gladly give it up. I think I’d do very well.”

She also mentioned having a very addictive personality and it is why even she loved the DOS games, Super Nintendo, she won’t engage in that kind of stuff because it would be difficult for her to stop. She has since stopped playing any games.

Mackenzie has also reiterated that she is probably quite loud and outgoing and passionate and maybe a bit difficult or stubborn too.

Additionally, she was quoted as saying she is always surprised when she hears actors saying they don’t like sex scenes. “It’s like a freebie. It’s fun to make out with someone. So yes, thumbs up on that,” she concluded.

Physical appearance

Mackenzie Davis height

Mackenzie Davis hot photo
Mackenzie Davis hot photo pose for Vogue in 2014

She is a model you know. Does that paint some form of picture to you? Well, Mackenzie Davis is a blonde and beautiful 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) woman. This is why there have been many people searching for Mackenzie Davis hot photos online. There are abundance of them.

Net worth

Starting off as a model before going on to star in so many movies over the years, Starsoffline puts Mackenzie Davis’ net worth at a whopping $3 million accrued over the years as an actress as well as movie producer.


The Canadian born actress is just another story of a go getter and a talented superstar who worked their a-s off to get to whatever milestone they have attained in life.

She may have found her true purpose much later but she never stopped searching and is one of the sought after in the industry today.

Succeeding and thriving in Hollywood is no mean feat and despite all the odds, Mackenzie Davis can be called a victor.

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