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THANDIE NEWTON (Nyah Hall) recently starred in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Besieged," opposite David Thewlis, and as the title character in Jonathan Demme's "Beloved," starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glovet. She previously worked with Tom Cruise in "Interview With the Vampire."

Born to a Zimbabwean mother and an English father, Thandie (pronounced "Tan-dee") Newton was raised in Zambia until she was 4 years old. Due to political unrest in the country, her family then relocated to England. 

At the age of 16, she won the lead role in the critically acclaimed "Flirting." After completing the role, Newton returned to England to continue her education, earning a B.A. with honors in anthropology at Cambridge University. 

Her feature film credits also include "The Young Americans," "Loaded," "Jefferson in Paris" (in which she portrayed Sally Hemmings), "The Journey of August King," "The Leading Man" and "Gridlock'd," in which she starred opposite Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur. 

Following "M:I-2," Newton will appear' in the independent comedy-thriller "It Was an Accident," set in the East End of London.


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