Thandiwe “Thandie” Newton
Actress (London, UK, 11.6.1972)
Thandiwe “Thandie” Newton, born 6 November 1972 in London, is an English actress, daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care worker, and Nick Newton, an English laboratory technician and artist. The name “Thandiwe” means “beloved” in Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa or siSwati. Newton was brought up in London and Penzance, Cornwall, she studied dance at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Between 1992 and 1995, Newton went to Downing College, Cambridge, where she studied social anthropology. 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 Noah Taylor. Newton married English writer, director and producer Oliver Parker in 1998. They have three children: daughters Ripley (born in 2000) and Nico (born in 2004), and son Booker Jombe (born in 2014).
After the film Flirting (1991), Newton appeared in about forty titles, film and TV-series, produced mostly in UK and US. It is worth remembering at least Jonathan Demme’s Beloved (1998) in which she played the eponymous character, alongside Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey; Mission: Impossible II by John Woo and starring Tom Cruise (2000); Paul Haggis’ Crash (2004), for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; and The Pursuit of Happyness by Gabriele Muccino, starring Will Smith.
Thandie played also the leading role in Bernardo Bertolucci’s L’assedio (Besieged), filmed in Rome and co-starring among others John C. Ojwang, Cyril Nri and Paul Osul.
L’assedio (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1998, ff, act)
Frame taken from:
L’assedio. Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. Fiction, Navert Film, Mediaset, Telepiù, 1998.
Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi, with Francesco Russo and Renata Ornella Orlando
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