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She has a Zimbabwean mother and a British father.

The name 'Thandie' is a variation of her actual middle name Thandiwe (pronounced tan-DEE-way), which means 'beloved.'.

Voted by the readers of Black Men Magazine as one of "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year." [2000]

A delayed shoot for Mission: Impossible II (2000) caused her to turn down one of the lead roles in Charlie's Angels (2000). Lucy Liu was cast instead.

One of her fondest memories is watching her mother get dressed in her traditional African garb because it taught her black pride.

Raised in Penzance, Cornwall, England.

Ranked #48 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002)

Graduated with a 2:1 (otherwise known as "an undergraduate degree with 2nd Class Honours, Upper Division")in Anthropology from Cambridge University.

She named her daughter Ripley after the character played by Sigourney Weaver in Alien (1979).

Her younger daughter Nico Parker was named for German-born singer Nico, member of the legendary rock group The Velvet Underground.

Delivered both of her daughters naturally via a birthing pool.

In July 2011, in a speech at the TEDGlobal 2011 Conference, Newton disclosed that earlier in her career, she struggled with the eating disorder bulimia.

Daughter of Nick Newton and Nyasha Newton (born Nyasha Jombe) and sister of Jamie Newton.

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a daughter Ripley Parker on 17 September 2000. Child's father is her husband, Ol Parker.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 32, a daughter Nico Parker in mid-December 2004. Child's father is her husband, Ol Parker.

Was 2 months pregnant with her daughter Nico Parker when she completed filming Crash (2004).

Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to her daughter Nico to begin filming The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).

Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 41, a son Booker Jombe Parker on March 3, 2014. Child's father is her husband, Ol Parker.

Was 6 months pregnant with her son Booker when she completed filming the 2nd season of Rogue (2013).

Her mother is a Princess of the Shona Tribe.

Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her son Booker to begin filming Westworld (2016).

David Schwimmer called her "the queen of practical jokes".

Is occasionally mistaken for Zoe Saldana.

Her daughter Nico Parker is also an actress. While Newton was filming Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Parker made her debut in Dumbo (2019) filmed on a nearby movie set.

She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2019 Queen's New Years Honours List for her serves to Film and Charity. She is an actress in London, England.

Born on the same date as Rebecca Romijn.

Mentioned in "Cock Mobster" by Paul Barman.

Newton's name has been misspelled as "Thandie" ever since her first role in Flirting (1991) in which her character's name is Thandiwe Adjewa. The correct spelling, Thandiwe, pronounced "tan-Dee-way" which means "beloved" in Shona, is one of the most widely spoken languages of Zimbabwe.