Thandiwe Newton

Last updated on the 27 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Born: 6 November 1972, London, England. 

Thandiwe Newton (formerly credited as Thandie Newton) was born to a Zimbabwean mother and an English father. She spent her early years in Zambia, where her father worked as a lab technician. At the age of three, her family relocated to Cornwall, England, following political unrest in Zambia. This multicultural upbringing greatly influenced Newton’s perspective and shaped her passion for storytelling.

Despite facing racial prejudice during her childhood, Newton embraced her heritage and developed a deep appreciation for the arts. She attended Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, where she learnt her trade and nurtured her love for the theatre. Her dedication and talent caught the attention of talent scouts, leading her to secure a scholarship at the prestigious Cambridge University.

Throughout her career, Newton has delivered remarkable performances in a wide range of genres. Notable films include “Beloved” (1998), “Crash” (2004), and “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006). Her portrayal of Christine Thayer in “Crash” earned her widespread recognition and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In addition to her success in film, Thandiwe Newton has also made a significant impact on television. Her role as Maeve Millay in the hit HBO series “Westworld” (2016-present) received critical acclaim and earned her Primetime Emmy and Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations.

Beyond her achievements in the entertainment industry, Thandiwe Newton is known for her advocacy work and commitment to social justice. She has been a vocal advocate for women’s rights, particularly addressing issues of sexual abuse and harassment. Newton has also been involved in various charitable endeavors, including her role as an ambassador for the V-Day movement, which aims to end violence against women and girls globally.

Thandiwe Newton is married to English writer and director Ol Parker and they have three children together.


BAFTA award


WINNER|Film: Actress in a Supporting Role for Crash 2006



Suggested viewing


Line of Duty (2017)

Line of Duty season 4 poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.7

As DCI Roseanne Huntley leads a high-profile investigation into a series of murders, suspicions arise that she may be hiding something. Anti-corruption unit AC-12, led by Superintendent Ted Hastings, scrutinises Huntley’s actions, uncovering a web of lies and deceit. The pursuit of justice leads to a tense confrontation, exposing the depths of corruption within the police force.

Top cast: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Jason Watkins, Paul Higgins, Lee Ingleby, Gaite Jansen, Claudia Jessie, Thandiwe Newton (S4.E1-E6).

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (2023)

Chicken Run Dawn of the Nugget poster
Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.4

In the aftermath of their daring escape from the Tweedy farm, Ginger and Rocky have settled into a tranquil island haven with their daughter, Molly. However, their peace is shattered when they discover a sinister new threat: Mrs. Tweedy has resurfaced with a state-of-the-art poultry farm, intent on turning all chickens into nuggets. Ginger, Rocky, and their loyal flock must once again unite to foil Mrs. Tweedy’s nefarious plans and liberate their fellow feathered friends.

Top cast: Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey, Imelda Staunton, Lynn Ferguson, David Bradley, Jane Horrocks, Romesh Ranganathan, Daniel Mays, Josie Sedgwick-Davies, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Mohammed, Miranda Richardson.

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