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Thandiwe Adjewa Newton







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The Truth About Charlie


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Thandie Newton - Biography


Thandiwe Adjewa "Thandie" Newton (born 6 November 1972) is an English actress. She has appeared in a number of successful British and American films, including The Pursuit of Happyness; Run, Fat Boy, Run; Mission: Impossible II; Crash and W.

Newton was born in London, England, and is the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care worker, and Nick Newton, an English laboratory technician and artist. Her birthplace has been incorrectly reported to be Zambia in some biographies, however she has confirmed in interviews that she was born in London, during a two-week trip by her parents. The name "Thandiwe" means "beloved" in Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa or Swazi and the name "Thandie" is pronounced TAN-dee. According to Newton, her mother is a Zimbabwean Shona Princess. Raised in London and Penzance, Cornwall, she went on to study Archaeology and Anthropology at Downing College, Cambridge, from 1992 to 1995, where she achieved a 2:1.

Newton made her film debut in Flirting (1991). 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. She played the female lead Nyah Hall in the film Mission: Impossible II. When this film went over schedule, she had to pull out of the film Charlie's Angels, and her character ultimately went to Lucy Liu.
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. In the latter, she played a wealthy black woman who, along with her husband, finds herself the target of a racist policeman (played by Matt Dillon). Newton was honoured with a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006. 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 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 introduce Al Gore to the concert, but he was delayed, leaving Newton to tell jokes to try and entertain the audience.
Newton next portrayed the United States President's First Daughter Laura Wilson in 2012, a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released 13 November 2009.

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.
In 2006, she 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 writes vividly about her childhood memories of growing up in Cornwall and the way in which the county's vibrant cultural heritage made it easy for her to "enrich every situation with layers of magic and meaning".
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.
Newton swapped her BMW X5 for a Toyota Prius after protesters bombarded the car with eggs at the gates of her daughters’ school. She then wrote to her celebrity friends, asking them to join her in switching to more environmentally sound cars.
In an interview with The Advocate, Newton revealed she had a lesbian relationship at 16 and was in love with the girl. She discussed her sexual orientation saying "We're all potentially bisexual; it all depends on your circle, your upbringing and all kinds of things. Or maybe I'm just talking about myself. I could've easily fallen in love with a woman over a man."
Newton has suffered from bulimia.
Some of Newton's co-stars have mentioned that she can be a bit of a practical joker. Simon Pegg, for instance, mentioned that she once put plastic wrap over his toilet whilst shooting Run Fatboy Run, and sewed up the neck and cuffs of his T-shirts. Furthermore, on the special features of the DVD, whilst Simon Pegg is being interviewed, they are interrupted by the fact that Pegg has to change bottles of water - the stock provided was replaced with vodka by Newton. "He is extremely easy to do these things to. I got him, what a sap!" said Newton at the film's London premiere. David Schwimmer (who directed the film) dubbed the actress "the queen of practical jokes".


Thandie Newton - Personal Quotes


"It was hysterical. We wanted to make it naughty and fun. When the camera stopped rolling, it was hard to stop laughing." - about her love scene with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

"I use the film industry as a pleasure for work and that kind of thing and it's not a pursuit to make me feel happy in my life."

"Having children is life-changing, to state the obvious. It's a gigantic shift in your life and I welcomed it. Not to put too fine a point on it, there's something about the shame that goes with sexual exploitation, deviance, whatever. As a woman, having a baby psychologically erases it all from your body. And that, for me, was incredibly important."

"I don't put the pressure on myself to be a very successful movie star. I want to enjoy being an actor and I want to be challenged by the roles I take. What is lovely is that I'll get sent a small movie, and you know that by virtue of me being involved they get their money and that's fantastic."

"God, yeah, I'm good at playing the emotionally strangled person. The woman who is in the worst place in her life. That's me!"

"I remember one day on the set of Flirting, Nicole telling me she'd got an audition with [Tom] Cruise for his movie Days of Thunder. Jokingly, I asked her why she'd ever want to work with him. We all know the answer to that now."


Thandie Newton - Filmography


Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) .... Rosemary
Huge (2009)
2012 (2009/I) .... Laura Wilson
"ER" .... Makemba 'Kem' Likasu (14 episodes, 2003-2009)
- And in the End... (2009) TV episode .... Makemba 'Kem' Likasu
- Carter est Amoureux (2005) TV episode .... Makemba 'Kem' Likasu
- Refusal of Care (2005) TV episode (voice) (uncredited) .... Makemba 'Kem' Likasu
- Twas the Night (2004) TV episode (voice) (uncredited) .... Makemba 'Kem' Likasu
- Damaged (2004) TV episode (voice) (uncredited) .... Makemba 'Kem' Likasu
(9 more)
W. (2008/I) .... Condoleezza Rice
... aka Oliver Stone's W. (Germany: TV title)
... aka W. - Ein missverstandenes Leben (Germany: DVD title)
RocknRolla (2008) .... Stella
Run Fatboy Run (2007) .... Elizabeth Olivia 'Libby' Odell
... aka Run, Fatboy, Run (UK: alternative spelling) (USA: new title)
... aka Run, Fat Boy, Run (USA: new title)
Norbit (2007) .... Kate Thomas
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) .... Linda
"American Dad!" .... Makeva (1 episode, 2006)
- Camp Refoogee (2006) TV episode (voice) .... Makeva
2006 BET Awards Nominations Live (2006) (TV) .... Presenter
Crash (2004/I) .... Christine Thayer
... aka L.A. Crash (Germany)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) .... Dame Vaako
... aka The Chronicles of Riddick: The Director's Cut (USA: director's cut)
Shade (2003/I) .... Tiffany
The Truth About Charlie (2002) .... Regina Lambert
... aka Die Wahrheit über Charlie (Germany)
It Was an Accident (2000) .... Noreen Hurlock
Mission: Impossible II (2000) .... Nyah Nordoff-Hall
... aka M:I-2 (USA: DVD box title (promotional abbreviation))
... aka Mission: Impossible II (Germany)
Beloved (1998/I) .... Beloved
Besieged (1998) .... Shandurai
... aka L'assedio (Italy)
... aka The Siege (Canada: English title)
In Your Dreams (1997) (TV) .... Clare
Gridlock'd (1997) .... Barbara 'Cookie' Cook
The Leading Man (1996) .... Hilary Rule
The Journey of August King (1995) .... Annalees
Jefferson in Paris (1995) .... Sally Hemings
... aka Jefferson à Paris (France)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) .... Yvette
... aka Interview with the Vampire (USA: short title)
Loaded (1994) .... Zita
... aka Bloody Weekend (UK)
The Young Americans (1993) .... Rachael Stevens
Pirate Prince (1991) (TV) .... Becky Newton
Flirting (1991) .... Thandiwe Adjewa


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