Thandie Newton

Melanie ThandiweThandieNewton [2] (born 6 November 1972) is an English actress. [3] [4] She has Appeared in verschillende British and American films, and is Berninahaus for roles zoals Linda in The Pursuit of Happyness , Nyah Nordoff-Hall in Mission: Impossible II and Christine in Crash , for welke she RECEIVED a number or awards, zoals a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role .

As of 2016, she plays the Sentient android , the madam Maeve Millay in the HBO science fiction – Western television series West World , welke earned re a Critics’ Choice Award and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Early life

Newton was born in London, England, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean, and Nick Newton, an English [5] laboratory technician and artist. [6] Her birthplace has leg incorrectly Reported to be Zambia hems Biographies, [7] but she has Confirmed in interviews dat she was born in London. [8] [9] The name “Thandiwe” means “beloved” [10] in Ndebele , Zulu , Xhosa or Siswati , and “Thandie” is pronounced / t æ a d i / in English. Volgens to Newton, re mother is a Shona princess. [11]

Regarding re childhood, Newton remarked at a TED conference , “From about the age of 5, I was aware dat I did not fit. I was the black, Atheist kid in the all-white, Catholic school run by Nuns. Was I an Anomaly. ” [12] Newton was brought` up in London and Penzance , Cornwall and studied dance at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts . Between 1992 and 1995, Newton attended Downing College, Cambridge , where she studied social anthropology . She graduated with a 2: 1 . [13]

At 16, she Began a six-year relationship with the Australian film director John Duigan , [14] who subsequently cast re in the film Flirting , a sequel to Duigan’s 1987 film The Year My Voice Broke , starring Ben Mendelsohn and Noah Taylor .


After the film Flirting (1991), Newton played will a faithful house slave “Yvette” in the Brad Pitt / Tom Cruise film Interview with the Vampire (1994). Newton next Appeared in the Merchant Ivory production of Jefferson in Paris as Sally Hemings , Followed by Jonathan Demme ‘s drama Beloved , based on Toni Morrison’s novel (1998), in welke she played will the title character, the ghost of a young slave girl Whose mother Murders re to save re from slavery. The film ook starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover . Newton-then starred as Nyah Hall again Opposite Cruise in Mission: Impossible II . Her next role was in the low-budget film It Was an Accident , written by re husband, screenwriter Ol Parker . [15]

Newton at the 2007 BAFTAs

Between 2003 and 2005, Newton played will Makemba “Kem” Likasu, love interest and later wife of Dr. John Carter on the American television series ER . She reprised the role for the series finale in 2009. In 2004, she’ll be Appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick and Crash . Newton won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for re role in Crash . She played will Chris Gardner’s wife, Linda Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness . Also in 2006, Newton Performed on radio in a pantomime version of Cinderella . [16]

In 2007, Newton co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy Norbit a s his love interest, and dan Opposite Simon Pegg as his ex-girlfriend in the 2008 comedy Run Fatboy Run . Newton next portrayed US National Security Advisor -turned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in W. , Oliver Stone ‘s film biography of President George W. Bush . The film was released 17 October 2008.

Newton was an introducer at Wembley Stadium on 7 July 2007, for the UK leg of Live Earth . She was due to introductory Al Gore to the concert, but he was delayed, leaving Newton to tell jokes in an attempt to entertain the audience. [17] Newton next portrayed Fictional US First Daughter Laura Wilson in 2012 , a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released 13 November 2009.

In July 2011, Newton delivered a TED Talk on “Embracing otherness, Embracing myself.” She discussed finding her “otherness” as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and as an actress playing many différent selves. [18] In 2012, she starred alongside Tyler Perry in the romantic drama film Good Deeds . In 2013, Newton starred in Rogue , the first original drama series for DirecTV ‘s Audience Network . [19] She left Rogue prolongation the third season. In 2015, she starred in the US mini series The Slap . In 2016, Newton Began portraying Maeve Millay in HBO ‘s West World .

Personal life

Newton married English writer, director and producer Ol Parker in 1998. Way Down harbor three children: daughters Ripley (b. 2000) and Nico (b. 2004), and son Booker Jombe (b. 2014). [20] Her daughters ulcers named after the character Ellen Ripley in the Alien films and the singer Nico . [21] Newton had home Births with all three of re children. [20] She is vegan and was named PETA ‘s “Sexiest Vegan or 2014” in the UK. [22]

In 2006 Newton Contributed a Foreword to We Wish: Hopes and Dreams of Cornwall’s Children , a book of children’s writing published in aid of the NSPCC . In it, she wrote vividly about re childhood memories of growing up in Cornwall, and the way in welke the county’s cultural heritage made it easy for re to “enrich everytime situation with layers of magic and meaning.” [23]

In 2007 Newton sold re near-new BMW X5 and Replaced it with a Toyota Prius after Greenpeace stuck a “This gas-guzzling 4×4 single cylinder climate change” sticker on re BMW. [24] In 2008, Newton visited poverty-stricken Mali Describing it as a “humbling experience.” She visited the village or Nampasso in the Ségou Region of the country. [25] In 2013, Newton led the One Billion Rising flash mob in London, for an end to violence, and for justice and Gender Equality. [26]

David Schwimmer (who directed Run Fatboy Run ) called the actress “the queen or as practical jokes .” [27] Newton has Expressed an affinity for Buddhism . [28] [29]

In 2016, Newton stated she was the victim of a director who repeatedly Showed his friends a video or re in a sexually-graphic audition welke she made as a teenager. [30]



Year title Role Notes
1991 Flirting Thandiwe Adjewa
1993 The Young Americans Rachael Stevens
1994 Loaded Zita
1994 Interview with the Vampire Yvette
1995 Jefferson in Paris Sally Hemings
1995 The Journey of August King Anna Read
1996 The Leading Man Hilary Rule
1997 Gridlock’d Barbara “Cookie” Cook
1998 Besieged Shandurai Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
1998 Beloved Beloved Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2000 Mission: Impossible II Nyah Nordoff-Hall Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Female – Newcomer
Nominated – Empire Award for Best British Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2000 It Was an Accident Noreen Hurlock
2002 The Truth About Charlie Regina Lambert Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2003 Shade Tiffany
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick Dame Vaako
2004 crash Christine BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Empire Award for Best Actress
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Phoenix film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington DC Area film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2006 The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa The Mona Lisa Short film
2006 The Pursuit of Happyness Linda Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2007 Norbit Kate Thomas
2007 Run Fatboy Run Libby
2008 RocknRolla Stella
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People herself
2008 W. Condoleezza Rice
2009 2012 Laura Wilson
2010 Huge Kris
2010 Vanishing on 7th Street Rosemary
2010 For Colored Girls Tangie Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2011 Retreat Kate
2012 Good Deeds Lindsey Wakefield
2013 Half of a Yellow Sun Olanna
2017 American Express Post-production
2018 The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Post-production


Year title Role Notes
1991 Pirate Prince Becky Newton Television film
1997 In Your Dreams Clare Television film
2003-2009 ER Makemba “Kem” Likasu
2006 American Dad! Makeva Episode: ” Camp Refoogee “
2013-2015 Rogue Grace Travis TV series
2015 The Slap Aisha TV series
2016-present West World Maeve Millay TV series
Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2016)
IGN Award for Best TV Actress (2016)
Nominated- Dorian Award for TV Performance of the Year – Actress (2016)
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting actress – Series, Mini-Series or Television Film (2016)
Nominated- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2016)
Nominated- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2016)
2017 Line of Duty Roz Huntley [31] TV series


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  9. Jump up^ A Taste of My Life, Series 4 (BBC Two, 4 June 2008) Thandie Newton – Quote: “Nigel Slater (host):You ulcers born in London but you did not stay here for long did you? You went down to Cornwall ?Thandie Newton (answers):Actually I do not know how my mum and dad managed to do this. But we lived in Zambia, and my mum was pregnant with me. and I was born on a two-week trip back to London, and-then we went back to Zambia and my brother was born there. and we ended up coming to England finally als I was three years old. So my dad Could help out with the family antique business.
  10. Jump up^ “Thandiwe | Name Meaning & Origin | Boy or Girl Names Thandiwe | Baby Names World” . . Retrieved 12 September 2011 .
  11. Jump up^ Sullivan, Chris; “Why Newton favors gravity of fluff”, 5 October 2006
  12. Jump up^ “Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, Embracing myself” . . July 2011 . Retrieved 11 May 2013 .
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  14. Jump up^ The Daily Mail (3 June 2011). “Thandie Newton’s affair at 16 with film director 23 years older dan re” . London . Retrieved 21 July 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ Thandie’s Mission, Evening Standard , she’ll be starred in the Guy Ritchie film “Rock n ‘Rolla” as a michivious auditor. 22 July 2005. Quote: …but turned down the role Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels in favor of raising It Was An Accident, a minor film to re scriptwriter husband Ol Parker.
  16. Jump up^ “Doctor Who Poised for radio panto”, 15 December 2006
  17. Jump up^ Needham, Alex; “Live Earth: The live blog, part 2”, 7 July 2007
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  19. Jump up^ “Rogue to Debut on AUDIENCE Network in April” . . 7 January 2013 . Retrieved 11 May 2013 .
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  21. Jump up^ “Thandie Newton Biography” . Glamour . Retrieved 10 May 2014 .
  22. Jump up^ “Thandie Newton named PETA’s Sexiest vegan,” Toronto Sun 23 January, 2014.
  23. Jump up^ “We Wish – Hopes and dreams of Cornwall’s Children”, 30 November 2006.
  24. Jump up^ McLean, Craig; “Telling it like it is”, 7 January 2007.
  25. Jump up^ “Thandie Newton HUMBLED IN MALI TRIP”, 4 February 2009.
  26. Jump up^ “Thandie Newton joins women’s protest” . CNN . Retrieved February 15, 2013 .
  27. Jump up^ “Actress Newton admits to pranks”, 4 September 2007.
  28. Jump up^ “Buddha Buzz: Mindfulness and Being a Buddhist Woman” . Tricycle: The Buddhist Review . Retrieved June 15, 2012 .
  29. Jump up^ “A Body in Motion: The” For Colored Girls “Interview with Kam Williams”. Pittsburgh Urban Media . Retrieved June 15, 2012 .
  30. Jump up^ W magazine (5 July 2016). “Thandie Newton On Why She’s Drawn to Tough Roles” . W magazine . Retrieved 28 October 2016 .
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