Date of Birth : Nov 6th 1972
Thandie is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother (‘a princess of the Shona tribe) and an English father. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to England, UK. She then lived in Cornwall on England’s south coast until age 11. At that time she enrolled in London’s Art Educational School where she studied modern dance.
However, a back injury forced her out of dance. This led to her auditioning for and receiving her first role in John Duigan’s “Flirting”. She then moved to L.A. to pursue acting and her then boy friend. However receiving no work because of her British accent, she returned to England where she went to Cambridge to study & received a degree in anthropology.
Newton made her film debut in Flirting (1991). This Australian movie was also a launch pad for a young Nicole Kidman, with whom she has remained friends. She gained international recognition opposite Nick Nolte in the Merchant-Ivory production of Jefferson in Paris as Sally Hemmings, which led to her being cast in Jonathan Demme’s Beloved (1998), in which she played the title character and costarred with Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, and Oprah Winfrey. She played the female lead Nyah Hall in the film Mission: Impossible II. When this film went over schedule, she had to pull out of the film Charlie’s Angels, and her character ultimately went to Lucy Liu.