Thandie Newton

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Thandie Newton Biography

Thandie Newton was born in Zambia in 1972 to a Zimbabwean mother and British father who moved their family to London when Newton was four. 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. It was while school that the actress met Australian director John Duigan, who was casting his coming-of-age tale Flirting (1991). Newton won a leading role as the smart, worldly girlfriend of the film's protagonist and starred alongside a then relatively unknown Nicole Kidman. Her next film of any significance was 1994's Interview With the Vampire, in which she had a minor role which, ironically enough, called for her to be killed off by Kidman's husband, Tom Cruise. The same year Newton acted as part of an ensemble cast in Loaded, a fairly obscure film directed by Anna Campion, sister of The Piano's Jane. She was then reunited with Flirting director Duigan in 1995 for The Journey of August King, a little-seen feature in which she starred with Jason Patric. Greater recognition came in the form of the same year's Jefferson in Paris, a critically maligned but impressively cast film in which Newton played Sally Hemings, slave and lover of Nick Nolte's Thomas Jefferson. Acting alongside individuals such as Nolte, James Earl Jones, and Gwyneth Paltrow certainly did little to hurt Newton's reputation, and the next year she had yet another starring role, this time opposite Jon Bon Jovi in her third film with director Duigan, The Leading Man. Read Full Bio >>

Thandie Newton Awards

2011 Black Reel Awards Best Actress For Colored Girls (2010). Nominated
2007 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). Nominated
2006 BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Crash (2004/I). Won
2006 London Critics Circle Film Awards British Supporting Actress of the Year Crash (2004/I). Won
2006 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Crash (2004/I). Nominated

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    "For Colored Girls" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Rogue" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    V-Day One Billion Rising Photocall at Parliament Square in London on February 14, 2013

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    EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 - Arrivals

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    70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

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    70th Annual Golden Globe Awards HBO Afterparty - Arrivals

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