Thandiwe Nashita Newton, widely known as Thandie Newton, was born in London, UK, on November 6, 1972 (Williams, 2008). Her mother, Nyasha, a Rhodesian (or Zimbabwean) health care worker, and her father, Nick Newton, a British artist and technician, were living in Zambia and Thandie was born during a ten day trip to London. Nevertheless, Thandie spend her childhood between London and Cornwall (Williams, 2008).
Young Thandie was not a typical girl of her age. As Thandie stated later, she was growing between two unique cultures and felt like an ‘anomaly’ in a Catholic school with white children (Williams, 2008).
Thandie studied dance at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and at the age of sixteen she had a serious back accident that forced her to quit dancing (Williams, 2008). Yet during her recovery, in 1991, she successfully auditioned for her first role, as Thandiwe Adjewa, in the film ‘Flirting’, an Australian romance, written and directed by John Duigan. ‘Flirting’ was well recepted by the critics as a ‘High School Movie’ and received many AFI Awards.
After ‘Flirting Thandie decided to move to Los Angeles, California to pursue her career. Unfortunately, her British accent limited the acting opportunities. When Thandie became twenty years old, she returned to UK and went to Downing College, where she studied Social Anthropology.
Amongst Thandie’s most known movies is ‘Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles’, where Thandie played Yvette, Brad Pitt’s maid, ‘Jefferson in Paris’, where she played Sally Hemings, ‘Beloved’ and ‘Mission Impossible II’ as Nyah Fall. In 2007 Thandie Newton co – starred with Eddie Murphy in ‘Norbit’ and in 2008 she played the role of Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone’s biography of the US President George W. Bush. In 2009, she portrayed the daughter of the US President, Laura Wilson in Roland Emmerich’s ‘2012’.
Thandie Newton also participated in the famous TV series ‘ER’ as Kem Likasu, the wife of Dr. John Carter. She also appeared in ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ as Dame Vaako, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ as Linda and ‘Crash’ as Christine. For her role in ‘Crash’ Newton received a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress (www.actressarchives.com; www.imbd.com; www.thandie-newton.org).
Thandie’s first affair was with John Duigan, who was 23 years older than her. In 1998, she married Ol Parker and had two daughters, Ripley and Nico. Thandie Newton recently admitted that she has suffered from bulimia.