For over two decades and counting, Thandie Newton has portrayed challenging and unique roles on the big and small screens, many of which include excitable, hot-headed, and resilient characters. A ravishing beauty, the British/American actress started making waves in the movie community at a very young age and has continued to add more colourful feathers to her cap.
Over the course of Newton’s robust career, she has picked up a slew of enviable awards as well as nominations for her brilliant performances both in the American and British movie circles.
The A-lister launched her acting career in the year 1991 as Thandiwe Adjewa in John Duigan’s comedy movie, Flirting. Three years later, she scored another big role in the movie Interview with the Vampire. Cast along Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, Thandie portrayed the fictional character Yvette, a faithful house slave, in the movie.
She has also appeared in a slew of high-profile films, some of which she was cast in alongside elite figures such as Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy (in the 2007 romance/comedy film Norbit), Tyler Perry (in the romantic drama movie Good Deeds), and many others.
Thandie Newton’s Bio
The Critic’s Choice Award winner was born on 6th November 1972 and was named Melanie Thandiwe Newton after her birth. Contrary to some biographies making the rounds, Thandie was actually born in London, precisely in Westminster. For so many years, the public was fed with the information that the actress was born in Zambia. However, Thandie, in several interviews, confirmed that her place of birth is London and not Zambia.
Talking about her roots and nationality, the renowned actress is British by nationality and of Hungarian and black ancestry. The Beloved star was raised in London as well as Penzance, a fast-growing city in England.
Unlike most actresses who had a formal training in acting, Thandie holds a degree in Social Anthropology. She obtained her degree at Downing College, Cambridge, where she spent three academic years (from 1992 to 1995). In addition, she holds a certificate in dance which she obtained from the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
As mentioned earlier, Newton boasts a robust career timeline which keeps getting better with each passing year. Her catalogue of acting spans more than twenty-five years and boasts a slew of awards and nominations including Emmy Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe nomination, and Screen Actors Guild nomination. Thandie was able to grab these awards and nominations as a result of her superlative performance in the TV series Westworld which she began starring in since 2016.
Besides being a phenomenal lead actress, the English star also does great jobs as a supporting actress. In fact, her supporting role in the 2004 film The Chronicles of Riddick and Crash earned her a BAFTA Award. She currently portrays the fictional character Maeve Millay in science-fiction television series Westworld.
Besides acting, the British beauty has quite left some footprints in the media sector as well. In 2017, she was part of the team that covered the documentary on American elite comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault cases. She served as a narrator for the documentary which is entitled Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon.
Her Husband And Children
Thandie Newton is married to English producer, director and writer Oliver Parker. The sweethearts tied the knot in 1998 and share three children – two daughters and a son together. Their names are Ripley Parker (born 2000), Nico Parker (born 2004), and Booker Jombe (born 2014). Thandie’s daughters are named after German actress/singer/songwriter Nico (born Christa Päffgen) and Alien films character Ellen Ripley.
Popularly known as Ol Parker, Newton’s husband was born in London, England. He has been in entertainment since 1995. He banks as an author and film director. Famed for his 2018 musical film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Ol has also won for himself praises within and beyond the movie community as well as some nominations for his projects some of which include NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture Movies and BAFTA Award for Best British Film.
Thandie Newton’s Parents
The African-British movie star is the daughter of Nyasha Newton (mother) and Nick Newton (father). Her mother is a princess of the Shona tribe, an ethnic group in Zimbabwe while her father is a British artist and laboratory technician. The duo is said to have named her Thandiwe, which means “beloved” in Zulu, Swati, Ndebele, Xhosa, and Swati.