Conversation with . . . Thandie Newton

27 03 2008

For close to 20 years, actress Thandie Newton has danced on the edge of the cinematic razor showing tremendous range in over 20 films. Her latest film, “Run Fatboy Run,” has her playing a role that she doesn’t play often enough – the pursued beauty.

Born in London on November 6, 1972, Thandiwe Newton spent some of her formative years in Zambia with her Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, and her British father, Nick. However, political unrest would prompt the family to relocate to England where Thandiwe would attend the University of Cambridge.

After a back injury curtailed her plans for a career in dance, she dropped the “w” from her name when she turned her attention to acting. In 1991, the regal beauty made her screen debut in Flirting, an Australian film featuring another then unknown, Nicole Kidman.

Thandie has since proven herself to be one of the most talented thespians around, delivering very memorable performances in such pictures as “Crash,” “Beloved,” “Besieged,” “Jefferson in Paris,” “Mission: Impossible II” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Recently, the versatile actress has even mastered comedy, first as the object of Eddie Murphy’s affection in the $100 million hit “Norbit,” and now as a pregnant woman left at the altar by Simon Pegg’s character in “Run, Fatboy, Run.”

As for her private life, Thandie has been married for ten years to writer/director Ol Parker. The couple lives in London where they are raising their two daughters, Ripley, 7, and Nico, 3. Here, she weighs in on everything from family life to her new movie to colorblind casting to the candidacy of Barack Obama.

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