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THANDIE NEWTON (Dame Vaako) continues to prove herself to be not only one of
the most beautiful actresses in the business, but also one of the most talented.
She will soon be seen in the highly anticipated movie Crash, the debut feature of
Emmy-winning Canadian director Paul Haggis, which is the story of a multi-racial group
of characters whose lives interconnect following a car accident in Los Angeles. Newton
stars opposite Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan
Fraser, Ludacris and Ryan Phillippe.
Newton starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in Jonathan Demme's contemporary
romantic thriller The Truth About Charlie, inspired by Stanley Donen's 1963 film
Charade. Newton received rave reviews for her astonishingly original and bold
performance as the title character in Jonathan Demme's 1998 adaptation of Toni
Morrison's novel Beloved, co-starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.
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, she returned to England to continue her education, earning a BA with honors in
anthropology at Cambridge University, while also acting in feature films for some of
Hollywood's most acclaimed directors, including Neil Jordan (Interview With the
Vampire) and James Ivory (Jefferson in Paris).
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.
Newton can currently be seen guest-starring on NBC's hit drama ER, playing a
Congolese Aid Worker; this marks her American television debut.
Thandie Newton resides in England with her husband and daughter.
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