Thandie Newton

Thandie 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.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2018The Death & Life of John F. DonovanAudrey Newhouse2018-12-31
2018Solo: A Star Wars StoryVal2018-05-25
2018GringoBonnie Soyinka2018-03-09
2017Bill Cosby: Fall of an American IconNarrator2017-06-05
2014Half of a Yellow SunOlanna2014-05-16
2012Good DeedsLindsey2012-02-23
2011RetreatKate2011-10-21
2011Vanishing on 7th StreetRosemary2011-02-18
2011The ProphetNarrator2011-01-03
2010For Colored GirlsTangie / Orange2010-11-05
2010HugeKris2010-06-18
20092012Laura Wilson2009-10-10
2008RockNRollaStella2008-10-30
2008W.Condoleezza Rice2008-10-17
2008How to Lose Friends & Alienate PeopleHerself2008-10-02
2007Run, Fatboy, RunLibby2007-10-10
2007NorbitKate Thomas2007-02-08
2006The Pursuit of HappynessLinda2006-12-14
2005CrashChristine Thayer2005-05-06
2004The Chronicles of RiddickDame Vaako2004-06-11
2003ShadeTiffany2003-05-18
2002The Truth About CharlieRegina Lambert2002-10-25
2000It Was an AccidentNoreen Hurlock2000-10-27
2000Mission: Impossible IINyah Nordoff-Hall2000-05-24
1999BesiegedShandurai1999-05-21
1998BelovedBeloved1998-10-16
1998The Leading ManHilary Rule1998-03-06
1997In Your DreamsClare1997-12-13
1997Gridlock'dBarbara 'Cookie' Cook1997-01-29
1996LoadedZita1996-04-12
1995The Journey of August KingAnnalees1995-10-01
1995Jefferson in ParisSally Hemings1995-03-31
1994Interview with the VampireYvette1994-11-11
1993The Young AmericansRachael Stevens1993-10-08
1992FlirtingThandiwe Adjewa1992-11-14