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Also Known As: Thandiwe Adjewa Newton Died:
Born: November 6, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actress

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Despite having grown up without the ambition to perform in front of the camera, Thandie Newton nonetheless grew into an accomplished, but often overlooked actress. Almost on a whim, she landed a starring role in the low-budget Australian feature, "Flirting" (1992), which immediately established Newton's potential. Though she put acting on the backburner to finish her studies at Cambridge University, Newton made several small, but memorable appearances in "Interview With the Vampire" (1994) and "GRIDLOCK'd" (1997). But it was her supporting role in "Mission: Impossible 2" (2000) that introduced her to a mass audience, which opened the doors to more prominent features like "The Truth About Charlie" (2002) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004). Not one to be relegated to playing the heroine in action fare, Newton expanded her horizons with a gripping and complicated performance in the racism-themed "Crash" (2005), which finally earned the actress the respect and award recognition she so richly deserved.

Despite having grown up without the ambition to perform in front of the camera, Thandie Newton nonetheless grew into an accomplished, but often overlooked actress. Almost on a whim, she landed a starring role in the low-budget Australian feature, "Flirting" (1992), which immediately established Newton's potential. Though she put acting on the backburner to finish her studies at Cambridge University, Newton made several small, but memorable appearances in "Interview With the Vampire" (1994) and "GRIDLOCK'd" (1997). But it was her supporting role in "Mission: Impossible 2" (2000) that introduced her to a mass audience, which opened the doors to more prominent features like "The Truth About Charlie" (2002) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004). Not one to be relegated to playing the heroine in action fare, Newton expanded her horizons with a gripping and complicated performance in the racism-themed "Crash" (2005), which finally earned the actress the respect and award recognition she so richly deserved.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Good Deeds (2012)
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 Huge (2010)
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 2012 (2009)
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 W. (2008)
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 RocknRolla (2008)
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 Norbit (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1973:
Raised in Zambia until age five
1978:
Moved with family to Penzance, Cornwall, England
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Studied dance and theater as a child until a back injury forced her to study acting full-time
1991:
Made feature acting debut at age 16 in John Duigan's "Flirting"
1994:
Hollywood acting debut, "Interview With the Vampire"; had small role of a maid; first screen role opposite Tom Cruise
1995:
Gained international recognition opposite Nick Nolte in "Jefferson in Paris"
1996:
Co-starred in Duigan's "The Leading Man"
1998:
Played the title character in Jonathan Demme's "Beloved" opposite Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover
1998:
Starred in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Besieged" (originally made for Italian television and released theatrically)
2000:
Played the female lead in the John Woo-directed sequel "Mission: Impossible II," starring Tom Cruise
2002:
Co-starred in the "Charade" (1963) remake "The Truth About Charlie"
2003:
Cast in the action thriller "Shade"; set in the world of L.A. poker hustlers
2004:
Played the love interest of Dr. John Carter (Noah Wyle) on the NBC medical drama "ER"; returned for the season finale in 2009
2004:
Starred opposite Vin Diesel in "The Chronicles of Riddick"
2005:
Starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash," a multicharacter study of L.A. race relations
2006:
Cast as Will Smith's estranged wife and the mother of his son in "The Pursuit of Happyness"
2007:
Played Eddie Murphy's love interest in the comedy "Norbit"
2008:
Cast as Simon Pegg's jilted fiancée in David Schwimmer's directorial debut "Run, Fatboy, Run"
2008:
Portrayed U.S. National Security Advisor-turned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's controversial biopic "W."
2009:
Played the U.S. president's daughter in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"
2012:
Re-teamed with writer, director, and co-star Perry in drama feature "Good Deeds"
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Education

Arts Educational School: -
University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England - 1995

Notes

"When we moved to England, there were very few black people in the town. We were almost a novelty. It was an opportunity for the neighbors to tell others, I met an African girl, how exotic! I always saw being black as something very useful, a mysterious element I could use to enrich my personality. Then I went into the arts, where difference is celebrated. So I've never really experienced racial hassle".--Thandie Newton, quoted in The New York Times November 19, 1995

Thandiwe is a Bantu term for "loved one" or "beloved".

"She has this fusion of brains, charm, decency- and of course, she's beautiful to look at. But she's also a very contemporary woman, and no director has really made use of that yet. I wanted to be the first."-- Jonathan Demme Entertainment Weekly August 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Oliver Parker. Screenwriter. Spanish; married in July 1998; should not be confused with the British director of the same name.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Nick Newton. English.
mother:
Nyasha Newton. Zimbabwean.
daughter:
Ripley Parker. Born on September 17, 2000.

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