Thandie Newton is an English actress. She has appeared in several British and American films. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about her!
1.Her full name is Melanie Thandiwe “Thandie” Newton”.
2. She was born on November 6, 1972.
3. As of 2016, she plays the sentient android, the madam Maeve Millay in the HBO science fiction-Western television series Westworld.
4. Thandie Newton was born in London, England, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean, and Nick Newton, an English laboratory technician and artist.
5. Her birthplace has been incorrectly reported to be Zambia in some biographies, but she has confirmed in interviews that she was born in London.
6. The name “Thandiwe” means “beloved” in Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa or siSwati.
7.”Thandie” is pronounced /ˈtændi/ in English.
8. Thandie Newton has said her mother is a Shona princess, though she has offered no evidence supporting this claim.
9. Regarding her childhood, Newton remarked at a TED conference, “From about the age of 5, 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.”
10. Newton was brought up in London and Penzance, Cornwall and studied dance at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
11. Newton grew up an atheist.
12. Between 1992 and 1995, Newton attended Downing College, Cambridge, where she studied social anthropology.
13. At 16, she began a six-year relationship with the Australian film director John Duigan, who subsequently cast her in the film
Flirting, a sequel to Duigan’s 1987 film The Year My Voice Broke, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Noah Taylor.
14. After the film Flirting (1991), Newton played a faithful house slave “Yvette” in the Brad Pitt film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), which also starred Tom Cruise. Newton next appeared in the Merchant Ivory production of Jefferson in Paris as Sally Hemings, followed by Jonathan Demme’s horror drama Beloved (1998), in which she played the title character, a mentally handicapped young woman.
15. The film also 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 her husband, screenwriter Ol Parker
16. Between 2003 and 2005, Newton played Makemba “Kem” Likasu, love interest and later wife of Dr. John Carter on the American television series ER.
17. She reprised the role for the series finale in 2009. In 2004, she also appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick and Crash. Newton won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her role in Crash.
18. She played Chris Gardner’s wife, Linda Gardner, in The Pursuit of Happyness. Also in 2006, Newton performed on radio in a pantomime version of Cinderella.
19. In 2007, Newton co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy Norbit as his love interest, and then opposite Simon Pegg as his ex-girlfriend in the 2008 comedy Run Fatboy Run.
20. Newton next portrayed U.S. 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.
21. Thandie Newton was an introducer at Wembley Stadium on 7 July 2007, for the UK leg of Live Earth.
22. She was due to introduce Al Gore to the concert, but he was delayed, leaving Newton to tell jokes in an attempt to entertain the audience.
23. THANDIE Newton next portrayed fictional U.S. First Daughter Laura Wilson in 2012, a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released 13 November 2009.
24. 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 different selves. In 2012, she starred alongside Tyler Perry in the romantic drama film Good Deeds.
25. In 2013, Newton starred in Rogue, the first original drama series for DirecTV’s Audience Network. She left Rogue during the third season.
26. In 2015, she starred in the U.S. miniseries The Slap.
27. Newton married English writer, director, and producer Ol Parker in 1998.
28. They have three children: daughters Ripley (b. 2000) and Nico (b. 2004), and son Booker Jombe (b. 2014).
29. Her daughters were named after the character Ellen Ripley in the Alien films and the singer NicO.
30. She is vegan and was named PETA’s “Sexiest Vegan of 2014” in the UK.
31. 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.
32. In 2007 Newton sold her near-new BMW X5 and replaced it with a Toyota Prius after Greenpeace stuck a “This gas-guzzling 4×4 is causing climate change” sticker on her BMW.
33. In 2008 Newton visited poverty-stricken Mali, describing it as a “humbling experience.” She visited the village of Nampasso in the Ségou Region of the country.
34. In 2013 Newton led the One Billion Rising flash mob in London, for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality.
35. David Schwimmer (who directed Run Fatboy Run) called the actress “the queen of practical jokes.”
36. Newton has expressed an affinity for Buddhism.
37. In 2016, Newton stated she was the victim of a director who repeatedly showed a video to his friends of her in a sexually-graphic audition which dated to her teenage years