Thandie Newton

Birthday:

11/06/1972

Place of birth:

London, England, UK:

Biography:

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.



Credits

The Death & Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
as Audrey Newhouse
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
as Val
Gringo (2018)
as Bonnie Soyinka
Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon (2017)
as Narrator
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
as Olanna
Good Deeds (2012)
as Lindsey
Retreat (2011)
as Kate
The Prophet (2011)
as Narrator
For Colored Girls (2010)
as Tangie / Orange
Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)
as Rosemary
Huge (2010)
as Kris
2012 (2009)
as Laura Wilson
W. (2008)
as Condoleezza Rice
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
as Herself
RockNRolla (2008)
as Stella
Run Fatboy Run (2007)
as Libby
Norbit (2007)
as Kate Thomas
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
as Linda
Crash (2005)
as Christine Thayer
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
as Dame Vaako
Shade (2003)
as Tiffany
The Truth About Charlie (2002)
as Regina Lambert
It Was an Accident (2000)
as Noreen Hurlock
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
as Nyah Nordoff-Hall
L'assedio (1999)
as Shandurai
Beloved (1998)
as Beloved
In Your Dreams (1997)
as Clare
Gridlock'd (1997)
as Barbara 'Cookie' Cook
The Leading Man (1996)
as Hilary Rule
The Journey of August King (1995)
as Annalees
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
as Sally Hemings
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
as Yvette
Loaded (1994)
as Zita
The Young Americans (1993)
as Rachael Stevens
Flirting (1991)
as Thandiwe Adjewa
Liyana (2018)
Executive Producer