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Thandiwe Newton

1972-11-06 London, England, UK

Image of Thandiwe Newton


Thandiwe Nashita "Thandie" Newton (born 6 November 1972) is an English actress. She has appeared in a number of British and American films. Newton was born in London, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care worker and Nick Newton, a Cornish laboratory technician and artist. The name "Thandiwe" means "beloved". Raised in London and Penzance, Kernow/Cornwall, she went on to study social anthropology at Downing College, Cambridge, from 1992 to 1995. Newton made her film debut in Flirting (1991). She played the role of Brad Pitt's maid Yvette in Interview With A Vampire (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 alongside co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She played the female lead Nyah Hall in the film Mission: Impossible II. 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. 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 alongside 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 2008 film biography of President George W. Bush. In 2009 Newton next portrayed the United States President's First Daughter Laura Wilson in 2012. She can also be seen in Vanishing on 7th Street and For Colored Girls both released in 2010. Newton 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.


Reminiscence Emily 'Watts' Sanders 2021-08-19
Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times 2020-09-19
The Death & Life of John F. Donovan Audrey Newhouse 2019-03-13
Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Narrator 2019-11-29
Solo: A Star Wars Story Val 2018-05-15
Gringo Bonnie Soyinka 2018-03-08
Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon Narrator 2017-06-05
Half of a Yellow Sun Olanna 2013-09-08
Good Deeds Lindsey 2012-02-23
The Prophet Narrator 2011-01-03
Retreat Kate 2011-10-14
For Colored Girls Tangie / Orange 2010-11-05
Vanishing on 7th Street Rosemary 2010-09-11
Huge Kris 2010-06-18
2012: Roland Emmerich - Master of the Modern Epic Herself 2010-03-02
The End of the World: The Actor's Perspective Self 2010-03-02
2012 Laura Wilson 2009-10-10
RockNRolla Stella 2008-09-04
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Thandie Newton 2008-10-02
W. Condoleezza Rice 2008-10-17
Run Fatboy Run Libby 2007-09-06
Norbit Kate Thomas 2007-02-08
Father and Son: On Screen and Off 2007-05-22
Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American Dream Self 2007-03-27
The Pursuit of Happyness Linda Gardner 2006-12-14
The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa The Mona Lisa 2006-03-29
Crash Christine Thayer 2005-05-06
The Chronicles of Riddick Dame Vaako 2004-06-11
Shade Tiffany 2003-05-18
The Truth About Charlie Regina Lambert 2002-10-25
Mission: Impossible II Nyah Nordoff-Hall 2000-05-24
It Was an Accident Noreen Hurlock 2000-10-27
L'assedio Shandurai 1998-02-05
Beloved Beloved 1998-10-16
In Your Dreams Clare 1997-12-13
Gridlock'd Barbara 'Cookie' Cook 1997-01-29
The Leading Man Hilary Rule 1996-12-12
Jefferson in Paris Sally Hemings 1995-03-31
The Journey of August King Annalees 1995-09-14
Loaded Zita 1994-09-01
Interview with the Vampire Yvette 1994-11-11
The Young Americans Rachael Stevens 1993-10-08
Flirting Thandiwe Adjewa 1991-03-20
All the Old Knives Celia Harrison
God's Country Sandra Guidry