Who are Thandiwe 'Thandie' Newton's parents? Actress's family revealed

Jane Corscadden April 6, 2021
Who are Thandiwe 'Thandie' Newton's parents? Actress's family revealed
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Who are Thandie Newton’s parents? The actress is in the spotlight today as she is reverting her name back to its original spelling, Thandiwe.

As a result, people are wanting to know more about Thandie Newton including who her family are, and how her name is pronounced. Let’s take a look!

Who is Thandiwe Newton?

Thandiwe ‘Thandie’ Newton is a British actress who is known for her roles in Westworld, Mission: Impossible II, The Pursuit Of Happyness, and 2012.

Since her career began in 1991, she’s been a regular at awards ceremonies.

She has won a Critics Choice TV Award, Primetime Emmy, and BAFTA among others. As well as this, she’s also been nominated for Golden Globes.

Thandiwe has been married to English filmmaker Ol Parker since 1998. The pair have three children together: daughters Ripley and Nico, and son Booker Jombe.

Thandiwe Newton’s parents and early life

She was born in Westminster, a surburb of London in England, in 1972.

Thandie Newton’s parents are Nyasha, her mother who is a Zimbabwean member of a Shona chiefly family. She was also a health-care worker.

Her father, Nick, is a British lab technician.

Thandiwe’s birthplace has incorrectly been listed as Zambia in many biographies. But she has confirmed in interviews that she was born in London.

She was born during a trip to the city and then spent the first three years of her life living in Zambia.

Her name, Thandiwe, is a name of Nguni origin meaning “beloved.”

The letter ‘w’ was excluded from her first acting credit, leaving it as Thandie. She has since claimed back the original spelling of her name.

The pronunciation is Thandiwe Newton’s first name is “tan-DEE-way.”

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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.