We’ve grown to love the actress Thandie Newton for her versatile work from “Norbit,” to HBO’s Westworld. Having recently celebrated 30 years in the industry, Thandie has reclaimed the real name Thandiwe. Thandiwe Newton reintroduces herself in British Vogue’s May 2021 issue
Newton’s full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton. Thandiwe is pronounced “tan-DEE-way” and it means “beloved”. In an interview with British Vogue, she revealed that her name was misspelled in the credits of her first film in 1991, Flirting which co-starred Nicole Kidman and Noah Taylor. As a result, Thandie Newton has been her performance name credit in all of her films for over three decades. Thandiwe Newton reintroduces herself in British Vogue’s May 2021 issue
Thandiwe (formerly Thandie) Newton is the latest cover star for British Vogue, gracing its May issue eloquently. The accompanying profile finds the British actress discussing the return to using “w” in her first name, as well as reflecting on motherhood and discussing sexual harassment. The interview is with Diana Evans, who first interviewed the star 20 years prior.
Newton’s entertaining “In The Bag” episode (a youtube series produced by the British Vogue team) also finds her fully glammed up, displaying the contents of her massive Christian Louboutin tote—which include face masks, because we are talking about her beauty. You can catch the issue on newsstands when it is released on April 9.
Newton was born in London to a white British father, Nick, and a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha. Her family settled in Penzance, Cornwall, when Newton was three years old. In 2006, she won a Bafta Film Award for best supporting actress for her role in Crash, which went on to win best picture at the Oscars. It was Newton’s role in the HBO sci-fi series Westworld earned her an Emmy Award in 2018 for best supporting actress in a drama series.
Her other film credits include “Mission: Impossible 2,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
Newton was due to star in the 2000 remake of Charlie’s Angels, but revealed last year she dropped out of the role after being asked to play up to racial stereotypes, adding that she also felt “objectified”.
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