Photo of Thandie Newton Thandie Newton

Born Nov. 6, 1972, in Zambia, Thandie (pronounced TAN-dee) Newton was raised in England and began studying drama and dance at age 11 at the Arts Educational School. There, she met director John Duigan, who cast her in the coming-of-age tale Flirting (1991), marking her film debut.

Newton continued to amass film credits, including Interview with the Vampire and Jefferson in Paris, while studying social anthropology at Cambridge University. In 1997-98, she cemented her place in the public's consciousness with a trio of high-profile films: Gridlock'd, Beloved and Besieged.

Building on this success, Newton won a BAFTA award for her work in Paul Haggis's Crash and earned critical acclaim opposite Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness. In 2008, she starred in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla and played Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's W.

Thandie Newton in The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

2006 PG-13

Chris Gardner is smart and talented, but his dead-end salesman job barely pays the bills. When he and his son are evicted, they face trying times as a desperate Chris accepts an unpaid internship at a stock brokerage firm.

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  • Thandie Newton in The Chronicles of Riddick The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Thandie Newton in 2012 2012
  • Thandie Newton in Crash Crash
  • Thandie Newton in Line of Duty Line of Duty
  • Thandie Newton in RocknRolla RocknRolla
  • Thandie Newton in Interview with the Vampire Interview with the Vampire
  • Thandie Newton in Run, Fatboy, Run Run, Fatboy, Run
  • Thandie Newton in Vanishing on 7th Street Vanishing on 7th Street
  • Thandie Newton in Tyler Perry's Good Deeds Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
  • Thandie Newton in Retreat Retreat
  • Thandie Newton in Rogue Rogue
  • Thandie Newton in Norbit Norbit
  • Thandie Newton in Beloved Beloved
  • Thandie Newton in Shade Shade
  • Thandie Newton in W. W.
  • Thandie Newton in For Colored Girls For Colored Girls
  • Thandie Newton in Flirting Flirting
  • Thandie Newton in Half of a Yellow Sun Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Thandie Newton in The Young Americans The Young Americans
  • Thandie Newton in Loaded Loaded
  • Thandie Newton in Gridlock'd Gridlock'd