Thandiwe Nashita 'Thandie' Newton (born 6 November 1972) is an English actress. She has appeared in a number of British and American films, including The Pursuit of Happyness, Mission: Impossible II, Crash, Run Fatboy Run, and W.Newton was born in London, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care worker and Nick Newton, a laboratory technician and artist. Her birthplace has been incorrectly reported to be Zambia in some biographies, but she has confirmed in interviews that she was born in London, during a two-week trip by her parents. The name 'Thandiwe' means 'beloved' in Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa or Swazi. According to Newton, her mother is a Shona princess.
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