Thandie Newton(1972-), Actress
Thandiwe Adjewa ('Thandie') Newton
Sitter in 2 portraits
Newton was born in London and grew up in Cornwall, the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother from the Shona tribe, and a British father who both worked in healthcare in Zambia until political unrest caused them to move back to the UK. She studied Anthropology at Downing College, Cambridge. She made her film debut in Flirting (1991), subsequently starring in Beloved (1998) and Besieged (1998). In 2000 she appeared in Mission: Impossible II (2000) and from 2003 to 2005 in the American television series ER (2003-5). Newton was awarded a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite Matt Dillon in Crash (2006) and played Condoleezza Rice in the George W. Bush biopic W (2008). In 2011 she made her London stage debut in Death and the Maiden at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below