Thandie Newton

Real Name : Thandiwe Nashita Newton

Born: 06/11/1972 (50 yo)
Birth place: London, England (UK)

Citizenship : United Kingdom
Ascendant : Other African
Ethnicity : Zimbabwean ancestry

Occupation : Actress
Active Years: 1991 to present


Thandiwe Nashita "Thandie" Newton is a British actress. She has appeared in a number of British and American films, including The Pursuit of Happyness, Mission: Impossible II, Crash, Run Fatboy Run, W., 2012, Norbit and For Colored Girls.


Newton was born in London, England, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care worker, and Nick Newton, a British laboratory technician and artist.

Her birthplace has been incorrectly reported to be Zambia in some biographies,[8] but she has confirmed in interviews that she was born in London. The name "Thandiwe" means "beloved" in Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa or Swazi, and "Thandie" is pronounced /?tændi/ TAN-dee in English. According to Newton, her mother is a Shona princess.

Regarding her childhood, Newton remarked at a TED conference: "From about the age of 5, I was aware that I didn't fit. I was the black, atheist kid in the all-white, Catholic school run by nuns. I was an anomaly." Brought up in London and Penzance, Cornwall, she studied dance at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and at sixteen, while recovering from a back injury, she successfully auditioned for her first film role. She then went on to study social anthropology at Downing College, Cambridge, from 1992 to 1995, where she achieved a 2:1.


Newton made her film debut in Flirting (1991). She played the role of Brad Pitt's maid Yvette in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994).

She gained international recognition in the Merchant Ivory production of Jefferson in Paris as Sally Hemings, which led to her being cast in Jonathan Demme's Beloved (1998), in which she played the title character with co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She played the female lead Nyah Hall in the film Mission: Impossible II. She was originally expected to play Alex Munday in the film Charlie's Angels, but turned it down to appear in the low-budget film It Was an Accident. Lucy Liu was ultimately given the part.

Between 2003 and 2005, Newton played Makemba "Kem" Likasu, the love interest, and later wife of Dr. John Carter on the American television series ER. She reprised the role once more for the series finale in 2009. In 2004 also appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick and Crash. In the latter, she played Christine Thayer, a wealthy black woman who, along with her husband, finds herself the target of a racist policeman (played by Matt Dillon), who sexually assaults Thayer but then later saves her life after he is the first on the scene at a car crash. Newton was honoured with a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her role in Crash. She also played Chris Gardner's wife, Linda Gardner, in The Pursuit of Happyness. In addition to her film and television credits she played the title role in a 2006 radio pantomime version of Cinderella.

In 2007, she starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy Norbit as his love interest, and opposite Simon Pegg as his ex-girlfriend in the comedy Run Fat Boy Run. Newton next portrayed U.S. National Security Advisor-turned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in W., Oliver Stone's film biography of President George W. Bush. The film was released 17 October 2008.

Newton was an introducer at Wembley Stadium on 7 July 2007 for the UK leg of Live Earth. She was due to introduce Al Gore to the concert, but he was delayed, leaving Newton to tell jokes in an attempt to entertain the audience. Newton next portrayed the United States President's First Daughter Laura Wilson in 2012, a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released 13 November 2009.

In July 2011, Newton delivered a TED Talk on "Embracing otherness, embracing myself". In it, she discussed finding her "otherness" as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and as an actress playing with many different selves. In 2012, she starred alongside Tyler Perry in the romantic drama film Good Deeds. In 2013, Thandie starred in Rogue, the first original drama series for DirecTV's Audience Network.

Personal life

She married English writer/director/producer Ol Parker in 1998. The couple have two daughters: Ripley, born in 2000, and Nico, born in 2004. Her daughters were named after the character Ellen Ripley in the Alien films and the singer Nico. On September 8, 2013, Newton's rep confirmed their third child was on the way. In 2006, she contributed a foreword to We Wish: Hopes and Dreams of Cornwall's Children, a book of children's writing published in aid of the NSPCC. In it, she writes vividly about her childhood memories of growing up in Cornwall and the way in which the county's vibrant cultural heritage made it easy for her to "enrich every situation with layers of magic and meaning".

In 2008, Newton visited poverty-stricken Mali, describing it as a "humbling experience". She visited the village of Nampasso in the Ségou Region of the country. Newton swapped her BMW X5 for a Toyota Prius after protesters bombarded the car with eggs at the gates of her daughters’ school. She then wrote to her celebrity friends, asking them to join her in switching to more environmentally sound cars.

David Schwimmer (who directed Run Fatboy Run) called the actress "the queen of practical jokes".

Newton has expressed an affinity with Buddhism.

In 2013, Thandie led the One Billion Rising flash mob in London, for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality.

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  • 1991      Flirting                
  • 1991      Pirate Prince (Television film)
  • 1993      The Young Americans                  
  • 1994      Loaded                               
  • 1994      Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles  
  • 1995      Jefferson in Paris                           
  • 1995      The Journey of August King                      
  • 1996      The Leading Man                           
  • 1997      Gridlock'd          
  • 1997      In Your Dreams (Television film)
  • 1998      Besieged

Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress

  • 1998      Beloved

Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

  • 2000      Mission: Impossible II  
Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Female - Newcomer
Nominated – Empire Award for Best British Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
  • 2000      It Was an Accident
  • 2002      The Truth About Charlie
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 2003      Shade  
  • 2004      The Chronicles of Riddick                           


  • 2004      Crash   
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Empire Award for Best Actress
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 2006      The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa (Short film)
  • 2006      American Dad!                                
  • 2006      The Pursuit of Happyness          
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 2007      Norbit  
  • 2007      Run Fatboy Run              
  • 2008      RocknRolla        
  • 2008      How to Lose Friends & Alienate People              
  • 2008      W.         
  • 2003–09 ER (TV series) 
  • 2009      2012                     
  • 2010      Huge                    
  • 2010      Vanishing on 7th Street              
  • 2010      For Colored Girls            
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
  • 2011      Retreat                               
  • 2012      Good Deeds     
  • 2013      Rogue   (TV series)
  • 2013      Half of a Yellow Sun