Thandiwe Nashita “Thandie” Newton is a British actress probably best known for her roles in “Crash” and “Mission Impossible II,” though she has appeared in many other projects. She was most recently seen in DirecTV’s new drama series “Rogue.”
Her mother is Zimbabwean and a princess from the Shona tribe; her father is British. Her name, Thandiwe, means “beloved.”
She said, “From the age of five 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…my skin color wasn’t right, my hair wasn’t right, my history wasn’t right. My self became defined by Otherness.”
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Thandie Newton lived in Zambia until the political unrest forced her family to move back to England. When she was eleven, she enrolled in London’s Art Educational School, where she studied dance. A back injury, however, forced her to quit dancing. That's when she found her calling to act.
She later graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Anthropology.
Though she landed bit parts, she rose to prominence with her role in “Jefferson in Paris.” She is known as quite the practical joker on set.
Thandie Newton revealed that early in her career she struggled with bulimia. She added that as a teenager she was “definitely objectified to an extreme” as a 16-year-old during auditions.
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She has two children, Ripley Parker and Nico Parker; both were delivered naturally via a birthing pool.
As to getting older, Thandie said about plastic surgery, “It’s dangerous. Personally, it’s not something that I’ve thought about or want to do because I groove on getting older. I don’t mind the grey hair.” She added, “How can you communicate feelings if your face doesn’t move?”
Aside from acting, she told ebony.com that she is writing a script that is set in Brooklyn and Oakland in 1968.
Thandie Newton resides in London with her family.