THANDIE NEWTON Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Thandiwe Adjewa Newton                                                         
Born: 6 November 1972 Zambia                                                         
Thandiwe Adjewa "Thandie" Newton (born November 6, 1972) is a BAFTA Award-winning   
English actress.                                                                     
Newton was born in Zambia, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care         
worker/nurse, and Nick Newton, a white English laboratory technician and artist.     
The name "Thandiwe" means "beloved" in Ndebele and the name "Thandie" is             
pronounced TAN-dee. Newton played a character named "Beloved" in the film           
adaptation of the Toni Morrison novel Beloved in 1998. According to Newton, her     
mother is a Zimbabwean Shona Princess. She was raised in Zambia and at               
Penzance, Cornwall, and educated at Downing College, University of Cambridge.       
Newton made her film debut in Flirting (1991). This Australian movie was also a     
launch pad for a young Nicole Kidman, with whom she has remained friends. She       
gained international recognition opposite Nick Nolte in the Merchant-Ivory           
production of Jefferson in Paris as Sally Hemmings, which led to her being cast     
in Jonathan Demme's Beloved (1998), in which she played the title character and     
costarred with Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, and Oprah Winfrey. She played the       
female lead Nyah Hall in the film Mission: Impossible II. When this film went       
over schedule, she had to pull out of the film Charlie's Angels, and her             
character ultimately went to Lucy Liu.                                               
Between 2003 and 2005, Newton played Makemba "Kem" Likasu, the love interest of     
Dr. John Carter on the American television series ER, and in 2004 also appeared     
in The Chronicles of Riddick. She appeared in Crash as a wealthy black woman who,   
along with her husband, finds herself the target of a racist policeman (played       
by Matt Dillon). The policeman molests her before ultimately saving her life.       
Newton was honoured with a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006.         
Crash also won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2005. In 2007, she starred     
alongside Eddie Murphy in the comedy Norbit as his love interest.                   
Newton was an introducer at Wembley Stadium on July 7, 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 to try and entertain the audience.