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BAFTA Award winner THANDIE NEWTON (Kate) is not only one of the world's great beauties, but an actress of uncommon talent and range.

Newton can currently be seen in Gabriele Puccino's critically acclaimed box-office hit "The Pursuit of Happyness” opposite Will Smith as Smith's estranged wife. Newton was praised for her work in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture of 2006, "Crash,” the story of a multiracial group of characters whose lives interconnect following a car accident in Los Angeles. For her performance, Newton received BAFTA (Outstanding Supporting Actress) and SAG (Best Ensemble) Awards.

Newton recently completed work on David Schwimmer's comedy "Run Fat Boy Run” opposite Hank Azaria and Simon Pegg. The film centers on a man who leaves the woman he loves (Newton) at the altar and tries to make amends five years later when the woman has moved on with another man (Azaria). Libby (Newton) must then decide between the two men she loves (Pegg and Azaria).

Born in London to a Zimbabwean mother and an English father, Newton was raised in London and Zambia until she was three years old. Due to political unrest in Zambia, her family then relocated to England permanently..

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 teenaged boy from a neighboring boarding school. After completing the film, she returned to England to continue her education, earning a B.A. with honors in anthropology at Cambridge University, while also acting in feature films for some of Hollywood's most acclaimed directors - including Neil Jordan's "Interview With aVampire” and James Ivory's "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.”

Other credits include Jonathan Demme's contemporary romantic thriller "The Truth About Charlie,” inspired by Stanley Donen's 1963 film "Charade,” and the John Woo-helmed action film "Mission Impossible 2.” 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.

On television, Newton made recurring guest appearances as Kem, a Congolese Aid Worker on NBC's hit drama "ER” opposite Noah Wyle. It marked Newton's American television debut.

Newton resides in England with her husband and two children.

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