THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE
THANDIE NEWTON (Regina
received rave reviews
for her bold performance in Jonathan Demme's 1998 adaptation of the Toni
Morrison novel, Beloved, which co-starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.
Most recently, Newton
starred as a jewel thief who joins forces with super-agent Ethan Hunt (Tom
Cruise) in John Woo's blockbuster,
Mission: Impossible 2, one
of the highest-grossing films of 2000.
Born to a Zimbabwean
mother and an English father, Newton was raised in Zambia until she was three
years old. Due to political unrest in the country, her family then relocated to
England. At age 16, while studying modern dance at the London Art Educational
School, she won the lead role in John Duigan's critically acclaimed 1990
coming-of-age film, Flirting, playing a Ugandan girl isolated in an
Australian Ladies Academy who begins a romance with a teenage boy from a
neighboring boarding school. After completing the film, Newton returned to
England to continue her education, earning a B.A. with honors in anthropology at
Cambridge University, while also acting in feature films by some of Hollywood's
most acclaimed director's - including Neil Jordan's Interview With the
Vampire, and James Ivory's Jefferson
Newton also appeared as
a troubled singer opposite Tupac Shakur and Tim Roth in Vondie Curtis-Hall's
comedy-drama, Gridlock'd, and won critics' praise as the exiled wife
of an African leader in Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged. She recently wrapped
production on SHADE for first time director Damian Nieman, starring
opposite Gabriel Byrne and Stuart Townsend.
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