Thandiwe Newton

Thandiwe Nashita "Thandie" Newton (born 6 November 1972) is an English actress. She has appeared in a number of British and American films. Newton was born in London, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care worker and Nick Newton, a Cornish laboratory technician and artist. The name "Thandiwe" means "beloved". Raised in London and Penzance, Kernow/Cornwall, she went on to study social anthropology at Downing College, Cambridge, from 1992 to 1995. Newton made her film debut in Flirting (1991). She played the role of Brad Pitt's maid Yvette in Interview With A Vampire (1994). She gained international recognition in the Merchant Ivory production of Jefferson in Paris as Sally Hemings, which led to her being cast in Jonathan Demme's Beloved (1998), in which she played the title character alongside co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She played the female lead Nyah Hall in the film Mission: Impossible II. Between 2003 and 2005, Newton played Makemba "Kem" Likasu, the love interest, and later wife of Dr. John Carter on the American television series ER. She reprised the role once more for the series finale in 2009. In 2004 also appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick and Crash. Newton was honoured with a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her role in Crash. She also played Chris Gardner's wife, Linda Gardner, in The Pursuit of Happyness. In addition to her film and television credits she played the title role in a 2006 radio pantomime version of ...

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriele Muccino
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Brian Howe  •  James Karen

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriele Muccino
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Brian Howe  •  James Karen

W. (2008)

The story of the eventful life of George W. Bush—his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith—and the critical days leading up to his decision to invade Iraq.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Josh Brolin  •  Elizabeth Banks  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Ioan Gruffudd

The story of the eventful life of George W. Bush—his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith—and the critical days leading up to his decision to invade Iraq.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Josh Brolin  •  Elizabeth Banks  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Ioan Gruffudd

Crash (2005)

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In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of a Brentwood housewife, her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple converge during a 36-hour period.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Haggis
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Don Cheadle  •  Matt Dillon  •  Michael Peña

In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of a Brentwood housewife, her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple converge during a 36-hour period.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Haggis
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Don Cheadle  •  Matt Dillon  •  Michael Peña

Gridlock'd (1997)

After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
CAST:  Tupac Shakur  •  Tim Roth  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Charles Fleischer

After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
CAST:  Tupac Shakur  •  Tim Roth  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Charles Fleischer

Jefferson in Paris (1995)

His wife having recently died, Thomas Jefferson accepts the post of United States ambassador to pre-revolutionary France, though he finds it difficult to adjust to life in a country where the aristocracy subjugates an increasingly restless peasantry. In Paris, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Thandiwe Newton

His wife having recently died, Thomas Jefferson accepts the post of United States ambassador to pre-revolutionary France, though he finds it difficult to adjust to life in a country where the aristocracy subjugates an increasingly restless peasantry. In Paris, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Thandiwe Newton

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

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With computer genius Luther Stickell at his side and a beautiful thief on his mind, agent Ethan Hunt races across Australia and Spain to stop a former IMF agent from unleashing a genetically engineered biological weapon called Chimera. This mission, should Hunt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Dougray Scott  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Ving Rhames

With computer genius Luther Stickell at his side and a beautiful thief on his mind, agent Ethan Hunt races across Australia and Spain to stop a former IMF agent from unleashing a genetically engineered biological weapon called Chimera. This mission, should Hunt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Dougray Scott  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Ving Rhames

Shade (2003)

Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens, a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need enough money to enter a game ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Damian Nieman
CAST:  Stuart Townsend  •  Joe Nicolo  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Carl Mazzocone Sr.

Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens, a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need enough money to enter a game ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Damian Nieman
CAST:  Stuart Townsend  •  Joe Nicolo  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Carl Mazzocone Sr.

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, reluctant hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Twohy
CAST:  Vin Diesel  •  Christina Cox  •  Colm Feore  •  Karl Urban

After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, reluctant hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Twohy
CAST:  Vin Diesel  •  Christina Cox  •  Colm Feore  •  Karl Urban

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

When Regina Lambert returns from a vacation to Paris, she finds not only her apartment, but also her bank account completely empty. A visit to the police headquarters reveals that Charlie has been murdered and a lot of people are after his money. Regina now begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Tim Robbins  •  Christine Boisson

When Regina Lambert returns from a vacation to Paris, she finds not only her apartment, but also her bank account completely empty. A visit to the police headquarters reveals that Charlie has been murdered and a lot of people are after his money. Regina now begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Tim Robbins  •  Christine Boisson

Beloved (1998)

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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Danny Glover  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  LisaGay Hamilton

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Danny Glover  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  LisaGay Hamilton

Flirting (1991)

The year is 1965 and Danny Embling, is an awkward, underdeveloped teen suffering from occasional bouts of stuttering, attends an all-male boarding school in New South Wales, Australia. it has been some time since Danny has had any romantic relationship with a girl. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Noah Taylor  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Naomi Watts

The year is 1965 and Danny Embling, is an awkward, underdeveloped teen suffering from occasional bouts of stuttering, attends an all-male boarding school in New South Wales, Australia. it has been some time since Danny has had any romantic relationship with a girl. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Noah Taylor  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Naomi Watts

The Journey of August King (1995)

The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his produce and purchasing the stock and goods he will need to survive the winter. On his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Jason Patric  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Larry Drake  •  Sam Waterston

The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his produce and purchasing the stock and goods he will need to survive the winter. On his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Jason Patric  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Larry Drake  •  Sam Waterston

Retreat (2011)

Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Tibbetts
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Jamie Bell  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Jimmy Yuill

Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Tibbetts
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Jamie Bell  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Jimmy Yuill

Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

An epic love story: Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins, living a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria. The two women make very different choices of lovers, but rivalry and betrayal must be set aside as their lives are swept up in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Biyi Bandele
CAST:  Thandiwe Newton  •  Anika Noni Rose  •  John Boyega  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor

An epic love story: Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins, living a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria. The two women make very different choices of lovers, but rivalry and betrayal must be set aside as their lives are swept up in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Biyi Bandele
CAST:  Thandiwe Newton  •  Anika Noni Rose  •  John Boyega  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor

The Prophet (2011)

Gary Tarn has grappled with the Lebanese poet and thinker Kahlil Gibran's classic 'The Prophet' from 1923, which is famous worldwide for its main character's simple, inspiring answers to the questions with which all of us grapple. From love to crime, from marriage ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Tarn
CAST:  Thandiwe Newton

Gary Tarn has grappled with the Lebanese poet and thinker Kahlil Gibran's classic 'The Prophet' from 1923, which is famous worldwide for its main character's simple, inspiring answers to the questions with which all of us grapple. From love to crime, from marriage ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Tarn
CAST:  Thandiwe Newton

Good Deeds (2012)

Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Tyler Perry  •  Phylicia Rashād  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Brian J. White

Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Tyler Perry  •  Phylicia Rashād  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Brian J. White

In Your Dreams (1997)

The second of three contemporary stories showing in the Love Bites 1997 season. Clare accuses fellow-student Jamie of raping her after their first date. Three months later they face each other in court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Cellan Jones
CAST:  Thandiwe Newton  •  Oliver Milburn  •  Miles Anderson  •  David Bradley

The second of three contemporary stories showing in the Love Bites 1997 season. Clare accuses fellow-student Jamie of raping her after their first date. Three months later they face each other in court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Cellan Jones
CAST:  Thandiwe Newton  •  Oliver Milburn  •  Miles Anderson  •  David Bradley

It Was an Accident (2000)

An ex-con gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Metin Hüseyin
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Max Beesley  •  James Bolam

An ex-con gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Metin Hüseyin
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Max Beesley  •  James Bolam

Huge (2010)

A feuding double act try to make it in the cut-throat world of stand-up comedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Miller
CAST:  Noel Clarke  •  Johnny Harris  •  Ralph Brown  •  Thandiwe Newton

A feuding double act try to make it in the cut-throat world of stand-up comedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Miller
CAST:  Noel Clarke  •  Johnny Harris  •  Ralph Brown  •  Thandiwe Newton

For Colored Girls (2010)

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About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Janet Jackson  •  Loretta Devine  •  Thandiwe Newton

About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Janet Jackson  •  Loretta Devine  •  Thandiwe Newton
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