Meet Thandiwe Newton’s three children as actress exits Magic Mike 3

Bruno Cooke April 18, 2022
Meet Thandiwe Newton’s three children as actress exits Magic Mike 3
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Amid reports that Thandiwe Newton – she reverted to the true spelling of her name (from “Thandie”) in April last year – and her husband Ol Parker are separating, meet her children, all of whom were home births.

How many children does Thandiwe Newton have?

Newton married English writer, director and producer Ol Parker in 1998, and they have three children together.

They are daughters Ripley (born 2000) and Nico (2004) and son Booker Jombe (2014). 

She tweeted on 4 March 2014 that their youngest, Booker Jombe Parker, was “born joyously at home yesterday”, US Magazine reports.

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The magazine adds that, as with Booker, Thandiwe gave birth to her two daughters Ripley and Booker at home.

“My 3rd home birth with brilliant independent midwife Caroline Flint – and Carole Goddard,” she tweeted. “Keep independent midwifery alive!”

Newton’s two daughters are also in showbiz

The oldest of Thandiwe Newton’s three children, “rebel daughter Lippy Ripley” (per Daily Mail), told the paper her screenplay, titled The F*** It Bucket, had been accepted by Netflix.

It’s about a teenager with an ambitious bucket list. Production starts later this year. Read more about it via the Knight Hall Agency website here.

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Meanwhile Nico, four years Ripley’s junior, had her breakthrough role in Tim Burton’s Dumbo (2019), as Milly Farrier. She’s since starred alongside Naomie Harris and Jude Law in HBO miniseries The Third Day (2020), and appeared alongside Thandiwe in sci-fi movie Reminiscence (2021). 

Born 3 March 2014, Booker Jombe Parker recently turned eight, and is not (yet) in the business.

Salma Hayek is replacing Newton on Magic Mike 3 after star’s departure

Following Thandiwe Newton’s exit from the set of Magic Mike’s Last Dance, rumours circulated (by The Sun) that her departure was the result of an alleged argument with co-star Channing Tatum over Will Smith’s Oscars slap. 

But her spokesperson told the Daily Mail’s MailOnline that the report was “completely inaccurate”. 

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Variety reported on Wednesday (13 April 2022) that Salma Hayek would replace Newton in the third instalment of the Magic Mike franchise, as the new female lead.

Since then, reports have emerged that Newton and her husband of 24 years Ol Parker are separating. Page Six reported last week on “the breakdown of her marriage”, and cites “multiple sources” in its claim that Newton has been “battling emotional and family problems after separating from her husband”.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that Newton made the decision to exit Magic Mike’s Last Dance “to deal with family matters”.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or