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Melanie Thandiwe Newton ( ; born 6 November 1972), formerly credited as Thandie Newton, is a British actress. Newton has received various awards, including a
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and a
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, in addition to nominations for two
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s. She was appointed
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(OBE) in the
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for services to film and charity. Newton is known for starring roles such as the title character in '' Beloved'' (1998), Nyah Nordoff-Hall in '' Mission: Impossible 2'' (2000), Tiffany in '' Shade'' (2003), Dame Vaako in '' The Chronicles of Riddick'' (2004), Christine in '' Crash'' (2004), for which she received a
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, Linda in '' The Pursuit of Happyness'' (2006), Libby in '' Run Fatboy Run'' (2007), Stella in '' RockNRolla'' (2008), Condoleezza Rice in '' W.'' (2008), Laura Wilson in ''2012'' (2009), Tangie Adrose in '' For Colored Girls'' (2010), and Val in '' Solo: A Star Wars Story'' (2018). Since 2016, Newton has played a sentient android, the
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Maeve Millay, in the HBO science fiction-western series '' Westworld'', for which she received a
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and two Critics Choice Awards, as well as nominations for a
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,
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, and
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. In 2017, she portrayed DCI Roz Huntley in the
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drama series '' Line of Duty'', which earned her a nomination for the
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.


Early life

Newton was born in
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, to Nyasha Jombe, a
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an member of a Shona chieftaincy family, and Nick Newton, an English laboratory technician and artist. Her family had been living in
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and later returned there, where her younger brother was born.Lewis, Sian
"Thandie Newton: 'Condi was my hardest role ever'"
''Independent.co.uk'', 31 October 2008.
Her birthplace has been incorrectly reported to be Zambia in some sources,"Thandie Newton Biography"
''Yahoo! Movies''.
but she has confirmed in interviews that she was born in London.Williams, Kam

''KamWilliams.com'', 24 March 2008.
''Thandiwe'' is a name of Nguni origin, meaning "beloved". When she was three years old, the family returned to the United Kingdom, settling in
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,
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, so her father could help run his family's antiques business.''A Taste of My Life'', Series 4 (BBC Two, 4 June 2008) Thandie Newton - Quote: Nigel Slater (host): "You were born in London but you didn't stay here for long did you? You went down to
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?" Thandie Newton (answers): "'Actually I don't know how my mum and dad managed to do this. But we lived in Zambia, and my mum was pregnant with me. And I was born on a two-week trip back to London, and then we went back to Zambia and my brother was born there. And we ended up coming to England finally when I was three years old. So my dad could help out with the family antique business."
She attended St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School. Newton remarked at a TED conference, "From about the age of five, I was aware that I didn't fit. I was the black, atheist kid in the all-white Catholic school run by nuns. I was an anomaly". She began dropping the letter ''w'' in "Thandiwe", leaving it as "Thandie", pronounced in English. Newton was raised in London and Penzance. She studied dance at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Between 1992 and 1995, Newton studied at
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, where she obtained a degree in
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.


Career

Newton made her film debut in the
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comedy-drama ''
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'' (1991), filmed in 1989 but shelved for two years. She was credited as "Thandie Newton" and subsequently continued to use this name professionally. She then portrayed the slave "Yvette" in the
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film '' Interview with the Vampire'' (1994). Newton appeared in the
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production of '' Jefferson in Paris'' as
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. Next, she played in
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's drama '' Beloved'' (1998), based on
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's novel, in which she played the title character, the ghost of a young slave girl whose mother kills her to save her from slavery. The film also starred
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and
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. Newton starred as Nyah Nordoff-Hall, again opposite Cruise, in '' Mission: Impossible 2''. Her next role was in the low-budget film '' It Was an Accident'', written by her husband, screenwriter Ol Parker. Between 2003 and 2005, Newton played Makemba "Kem" Likasu, love interest of John Carter on the American television series '' ER''. She reprised the role for the series finale in 2009. In 2004, she also appeared in '' The Chronicles of Riddick'' and '' Crash''. She won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her role in ''Crash''. She played Chris Gardner's wife, Linda Gardner, in '' The Pursuit of Happyness''. Also in 2006, Newton performed on radio in a
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version of ''Cinderella''."Doctor Who poised for radio panto"
''News.BBC.co.uk'', 15 December 2006.
In 2007, Newton co-starred with
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as his love interest in the comedy '' Norbit''. She played opposite
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as his ex-girlfriend in the 2008 comedy '' Run Fatboy Run''. She next portrayed Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State in '' W.'',
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's biography of President
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. The film was released in October 2008. Newton was an introducer at
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on 7 July 2007, for the UK leg of Live Earth. She was due to introduce former US Vice President
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to the concert, but he was delayed, leaving Newton to tell jokes in an attempt to entertain the audience.Needham, Alex
"Live Earth: The live blog, part 2"
''The Guardian'', 7 July 2007.
Newton next portrayed fictional US First Daughter Laura Wilson in ''
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'', a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released 13 November 2009. In July 2011, Newton delivered a
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on "Embracing otherness, embracing myself." She discussed finding her "otherness" as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and as an actress playing many different selves. In 2012, she starred alongside Tyler Perry in the romantic drama film '' Good Deeds''. She was also in Perry's movie ''For Colored Girls'' (2010), adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 original choreopoem ''for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf''. In 2013, Newton starred in '' Rogue'', the first original drama series for
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's Audience Network. She left ''Rogue'' during the third season. In 2015, she starred in the US miniseries '' The Slap''. In 2016, Newton began portraying Maeve Millay in HBO science fiction drama series '' Westworld'', for which she won the
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, among other accolades. In 2017, she served as a narrator for the documentary entitled ''
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: Fall of an American Icon'', an exposé on the sexual assault charges laid against Cosby, which aired on
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. In the same year, Newton played DCI Roseanne "Roz" Huntley in the fourth season of BBC One's '' Line of Duty'', a role for which she received a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Actress. Newton appeared as Val in the ''
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'' film '' Solo: A Star Wars Story'', which was released in May 2018. In a 2021 interview, Newton announced that her professional name had been misspelled for 30 years and she was finally correcting this, and would henceforth be known and credited as "Thandiwe Newton", beginning with '' Reminiscence'' (2021), and would have corrections applied to her past performance credits.


Personal life

Newton married English writer, director, and producer Ol Parker in 1998. They have three children: two daughters, including Nico, and a son born in 2014. All three were
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s. She is
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and was named
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's "Sexiest Vegan of 2014" in the UK. In 2006, Newton contributed a foreword to ''We Wish: Hopes and Dreams of Cornwall's Children'', a book of children's writing published in aid of the
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. In it, she wrote about her childhood memories of growing up in Cornwall, and the way in which the county's cultural heritage made it easy for her to "enrich every situation with layers of magic and meaning". In 2007, Newton sold her near-new
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and replaced it with a
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after
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stuck a "This gas-guzzling 4x4 is causing climate change" sticker on her BMW. In 2008, Newton visited poverty-stricken
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, describing it as a "humbling experience". She visited the village of Nampasso in the Ségou Region of the country. In 2013, Newton led the One Billion Rising flash mob in London, for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality.
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(who directed '' Run Fatboy Run'') called the actress "the queen of
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s". Newton has expressed an affinity for
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. In 2016, Newton stated she had been the victim of a director who repeatedly showed his friends a video of her in a sexually graphic audition which she made as a teenager. Newton cited this experience as being a part of why she had taken the '' Westworld'' role, which involved substantial nudity. This role reflected experiences of survivors of sexual abuse while also asking moral questions about the meaning of humanity and what it means to be humane. In 2018, Newton said she was disappointed not to have been invited to participate in Time's Up, a movement against sexual harassment, considering that she had been "ostracised" for having spoken out about alleged sexual abuse by a director. Newton was ranked one of the best-dressed women in 2018 by fashion website Net-a-Porter. Later that year, it was announced that Newton was included in the
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edition of the ''
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'', ranking the 100 most influential Black Britons.


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