British Actress and Producer.
Thandiwe NEWTON is an Actress, Executive Producer, Anthropologist.
She is known for "Beloved" (1998, Actress), "Mission Impossible 2" (2000, Actress), "The Pursuit of Happyness" (2006, Actress), 2012" (2009, Actress), "Urgences" (TV Series, 2003-2005, 2009, Actress), "Westworld" (TV Series, 2016-, Actress), "Half A Yellow Sun" (Actress), "Liyana" (2018, Executive Producer), "President" (2021, Executive Producer).
Sometimes credited as
Melanie Thandiwe NEWTON
Height: 5' 3" (1,6 m)
Born on 6 November 1972, in London (UK).
Her Talent agent: Sharron Elkabas (MN2S, London)
Contact: +44 (0)207 234 9455
Thandiwe Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of Zimbabwean mother Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona [people], and British father Nick Newton, who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK, where she lived in Cornwall (in southwest Britain) until she was 11 and enrolled in London's Art Educational School to study modern dance until a back injury forced her to quit dancing. This led to her auditioning for films. Her first role was in John Duigan's "Flirting" (1991). She then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue acting. When her British accent limited the amount of work she was getting, she returned to Britain, studied at Cambridge University, and earned a degree in anthropology. Between semesters she continued acting and became noticed in in- demand for future film roles.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder
Melanie Thandiwe NEWTON has received various awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a British Academy Film Award, in addition to nominations for two Golden Globe Awards.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to film and to charity.
In April 2021, Newton, having been widely known as Thandie Newton for 30 years because of a misspelling of her first name in the credits of her first film [Flirting, 1991, by John Duigan], announced she was finally correcting this. She would henceforth be known and credited as Thandiwe Newton, her real name - pronounced "tan-Dee-way" which means "beloved" in Shona, is one of the most widely spoken languages of Zimbabwe - beginning with Reminiscence (2021).
Thandiwe Newton stars on HBO's critically acclaimed series Westworld for which she won the 2018 Emmy Award and was nominated for a 2020 Emmy Award for "Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series." Additionally, she won the 2016 and 2018 Critics Choice Award for "Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" and was nominated for a 2017 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series." In 2017 and 2019, Newton was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" as well as two SAG Awards for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series" and "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" in 2017.
Newton has reteamed with Westworld's Lisa Joy to star in her sci-fi feature, Reminiscence opposite Hugh Jackman which Warner Bros. released in 2021. Newton recently wrapped production on Julian Higgins' feature directorial debut God's Country as well as Janus Metz's spy thriller, All The Old Knives opposite Chris Pine for Amazon Studios.
Newton is well-known for her work in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Crash. For her performance, she received a BAFTA Award for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" and a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture." Newton was also praised for her role in Gabriele Muccino's critically acclaimed box office hit The Pursuit of Happyness opposite Will Smith. She has also starred in several other blockbuster films including John Woo's Mission Impossible 2 opposite Tom Cruise, which grossed over $540 million worldwide and Roland Emmerich's 2012, which grossed over $760 million worldwide, Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story ($390 million box office), Nash Edgerton's Gringo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half A Yellow Sun opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, For Colored Girls opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Guy Ritchie's Rocknrolla, Oliver Stone's W.opposite Josh Brolin (playing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice), Xavier Dolan's The Death & Life of John F. Donovan which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, David Schwim- mer's Run Fat Boy Run, Jonathan Demme's The Truth About Charlie and Jonathan Demme's Beloved in which she received rave reviews for her astonishingly original and bold perfor- mance as the title character which co-starred Oprah Winfrey. Additionally, Newton executive produced the film Liyana which is a documentary about a group of young children in Swaziland who use the power of storytelling to work through personal traumas. Liyana opened in select theaters on October 10, 2018.
Newton's other television credits include: the acclaimed BBC One drama Line of Duty which garnered her rave reviews and a 2018 BAFTA TV Award nomination for "Best Leading Actress;" ER; American Dad!; Rogue; The Slap; and Big Mouth.
In 2012, Newton made her stage debut in London's West End starring in Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman. And in 2016, she recorded the audiobook for Jane Eyre which was in the #9 highest customer-rated audiobook for the year. More recently, she recorded the audiobook War and Peace for Audible.
As an activist and philanthropist, Newton was named to the Queen's New Year's Honours List, receiving an OBE for services to film and charity. She is a founding board member of the V-Day Foundation and their One Billion Rising campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. In 2011, she attended the opening of City of Joy, which is a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In conjunction with V-Day, Netflix released a documentary, The City of Joy on September 7, 2018. Additionally, Newton memorably spoke at the 2011 TED Global Conference on the topic of "Embracing Otherness" and the video has been viewed over 3.2 million times.
When not filming, Newton resides in London with her husband, writer/director Ol Parker and their three children, Ripley, Nico, and Booker.
FILMOGRAPHY - Actress (49 credits, on 7 June 2022)
(filming) (2023) - Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget /// Role: Ginger (voice)
(2016-2022) - Westworld (TV Series) /// 36 episodes /// Role: Maeve Millay
(2022) - Le couteau par la lame /// Role: Celia Harrison
(2022) - Human Resources (TV Series) /// 5 episodes /// Role: Mona (voice)
(2022) - God's Country /// Role: Sandra
(2019-2021) - Big Mouth (TV Series) /// 12 episodes /// Role: Mona (voice)
(2021) - Reminiscence /// Role: Emily'Watts' Sanders
(2020) - Boss Bitch Fight Challenge (Video short) /// Role: Thandie (as Thandie Newton)
(2018) - Ma vie avec John F. Donovan /// Role: Journalist (as Thandie Newton)
(2018) - Solo: A Star Wars Story /// Role: Val (as Thandie Newton)
(2018) - Gringo /// Role: Bonnie Soyinka (as Thandie Newton)
(2017) - Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé: Family Feud (Music Video) /// Role: Thandie (as Thandie Newton)
(2017) - Line of Duty (TV Series) /// 6 episodes /// Role: Roz / DCI Roz Huntley
(2013-2015) - Rogue (TV Series) /// 24 episodes /// Role: Grace Travis (as Thandie Newton)
(2015) - The Slap (TV Series) /// 8 episodes /// Role: Aisha (as Thandie Newton)
(2013) - Half of a Yellow Sun /// Role: Olanna (as Thandie Newton)
(2012) - Good Deeds /// Role: Lindsey Wakefield (as Thandie Newton)
(2011) - Retreat /// Role: Kate (as Thandie Newton)
(2010) - Les couleurs du destin /// Role: Tangie / Orange (as Thandie Newton)
(2010) - L'empire des ombres /// Role: Rosemary (as Thandie Newton)
(2010) - Huge /// Role: Kris (as Thandie Newton)
(2009) - 2012 /// Role: Laura Wilson (as Thandie Newton)
(2003-2009) - Urgences (TV Series) /// 14 episodes /// Role: Makemba'Kem' Likasu (voice, uncredited) (as Thandie Newton)
(2008) - W., l'improbable président /// Role: Condoleezza Rice (as Thandie Newton)
(2008) - Un Anglais à New York /// Role: Thandie Newton (as Thandie Newton)
(2008) - RocknRolla /// Role: Stella (as Thandie Newton)
(2007) - Cours toujours Dennis /// Role: Libby (as Thandie Newton)
(2007) - Norbit /// Role: Kate Thomas (as Thandie Newton)
(2006) - À la recherche du bonheur /// Role: Linda (as Thandie Newton)
(2006) - American Dad! (TV Series) /// Episode : Camp Refoogee (2006) /// Role: Makeva (voice) (as Thandie Newton)
(2006) - The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa (Short) /// Role: The Mona Lisa (as Thandie Newton)
(2004) - Crash - Collision /// Role: Christine (as Thandie Newton)
(2004) - Les Chroniques de Riddick /// Role: Dame Vaako (as Thandie Newton)
(2003) - Les maîtres du jeu /// Role: Tiffany (as Thandie Newton)
(2002) - La vérité sur Charlie /// Role: Regina Lambert (as Thandie Newton)
(2000) - It Was an Accident /// Role: Noreen Hurlock (as Thandie Newton)
(2000) - Mission: Impossible 2 /// Role: Nyah Hall (as Thandie Newton)
(1998) - Beloved /// Role: Beloved (as Thandie Newton)
(1998) - Shanduraï /// Role: Shandurai (as Thandie Newton)
(1997) - Gridlock'd /// Role: Cookie (as Thandie Newton)
(1996) - The Leading Man /// Role: Hilary Rule (as Thandie Newton)
(1996) - In Your Dreams (TV Movie) /// Role: Clare (as Thandie Newton)
(1995) - The Journey of August King /// Role: Annalees (as Thandie Newton)
(1995) - Jefferson à Paris /// Role: Sally Hemings (as Thandie Newton)
(1994) - Entretien avec un vampire /// Role: Yvette (as Thandie Newton)
(1994) - Loaded /// Role: Zita (as Thandie Newton)
(1993) - Young Americans - Les jeunes américains /// Role: Rachael Stevens (as Thandie Newton)
(1991) - Pirate Prince (TV Movie) /// Role: Becky Newton (as Thandie Newton)
(1991) - Flirting /// Role: Thandiwe Adjewa (as Thandie Newton)
(2021) - President (Documentary) (executive producer)
(2017) - Liyana (Documentary) (executive producer - as Thandie Newton)
(2019) - Big Mouth (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Disclosure the Movie: The Musical! (2019)... (performer: "Agressive Woman")
(2010) - Les couleurs du destin (performer: "Main Title" - uncredited)
(1998) - Beloved (performer: "Pullin' The Skiff")
(2016) - City of Joy (Documentary) (special thanks - as Thandie Newton)
(2012) - Now Is Good (the filmmakers would also like to thank - as Thandie Newton)
(2005) - Imagine Me & You (special thanks - as Thandie Newton)
updated by Thierno Dia, on 7 June 2022.