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Thandie Newton Bio
Thandie Newton (born November 6, 1972 as Melanie Thandiwe Newton) is an English Actress. She has appeared in several British and American films, and is known for roles such as Linda in The Pursuit of Happyness, Nyah Nordoff-Hall in Mission: Impossible II and Christine in Crash, for which she received a number of awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
After the film Flirting (1991), Newton played a faithful House slave “Yvette” in the Brad Pitt film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), which also starred Tom Cruise. Newton next appeared in the Merchant Ivory production of Jefferson in Paris as Sally Hemings, followed by Jonathan Demme’s horror drama Beloved (1998), in which she played the title character, a mentally handicapped young woman. The film also starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. Newton then starred as Nyah Hall, again opposite Cruise, in Mission: Impossible II. Her next role was in the low-budget film It Was an Accident, written by her husband, screenwriter Ol Parker.
Between 2003 and 2005, Newton played Makemba “Kem” Likasu, love interest and later wife of Dr. John Carter on the American television series ER. She reprised the role for the series finale in 2009. In 2004 she also appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick and Crash. Newton won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her role in Crash. She played Chris Gardner’s wife, Linda Gardner, in The Pursuit of Happyness. Also in 2006, Newton performed on radio in a pantomime version of Cinderella.
In 2007 Newton co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy Norbit as his love interest, and then opposite Simon Pegg as his ex-girlfriend in the 2008 comedy Run Fatboy Run. Newton next portrayed U.S. National Security Advisor-turned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in W., Oliver Stone’s film biography of President George W. Bush. The film was released 17 October 2008.
Newton was an introducer at Wembley Stadium on 7 July 2007 for the UK leg of Live Earth. She was due to introduce Al Gore to the concert, but he was delayed, leaving Newton to tell jokes in an attempt to entertain the audience. Newton next portrayed fictional U.S. First Daughter Laura Wilson in 2012, a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released 13 November 2009.
In July 2011 Newton delivered a Ted Talk on “Embracing otherness, embracing myself.” She discussed finding her “otherness” as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and as an Actress playing many different selves. In 2012 she starred alongside Tyler Perry in the romantic drama film Good Deeds. In 2013 Newton starred in Rogue, the first original drama series for DirecTV’s Audience Network. She left Rogue during the third season. In 2015 she starred in the U.S. miniseries The Slap.
In 2016 she performed the character Maeve Millay in HBO’s Westworld.
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