Thandie Newton (born Thandiwe Melanie Newton) is an English actress most known for her roles in The Pursuit of Happyness, Mission: Impossible II, Crash, and more. She plays Maeve Millay in HBO's Westworld. She was recently nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” at the 2018 Emmy's for her acting in Westworld.
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- A delayed shoot for Mission: Impossible II (2000) caused Thandie to turn down one of the lead roles in Charlie's Angels (2000). Lucy Liu was cast instead.
- One of her fondest memories is watching her mother get dressed in her traditional African garb because it taught her black pride.
- Raised in Penzance, Cornwall, England.
- Ranked #48 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002)
- Graduated with a 2:1 in social anthropology from Downing college, Cambridge.
- She named her daughter Ripley after the character played by Sigourney Weaver in Alien (1979).
- Her younger daughter was named for German-born singer Nico, member of the legendary rock group The Velvet Underground.
- Her full first name, Thandiwe which means "beloved." is pronounced tan-DEE-way.
- Delivered both of her daughters naturally via a birthing pool.
- In July 2011, in a speech at the TEDGlobal 2011 Conference, Newton disclosed that earlier in her career, she struggled with the eating disorder bulimia.
- Daughter of Nick Newton and Nyasha Newton and sister of Jamie Newton.
- Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a daughter Ripley Parker on 17 September 2000. Child's father is her husband, Ol Parker.
- Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 32, a daughter Nico Parker in mid December 2004. Child's father is her husband, Ol Parker.
- Was 2 months pregnant with her daughter Nico when she completed filming Crash (2004).
- Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to her daughter Nico to begin filming The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).
- Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 41, a son Booker Jombe Parker on March 3, 2014. Child's father is her husband, Ol Parker.
- Was 6 months pregnant with her son Booker when she completed filming the 2nd season of Rogue (2013).
- According to Thandie, her mother is a Princess of the Shona Tribe.
- Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her son Booker to begin filming Westworld (2016).