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"You're not actually thinking about kissing – you're thinking, ‘Is my face in the right place, is my hair there, oh my God, you can see my nipple.’"
Full name: Thandiwe Nashita Newton
DOB: November 6, 1972
Place of birth: London, England
Occupation: Actress

Thandie Newton facts

  • Named her daughter Ripley after Sigourney Weaver’s character in Alien. The baby was born bald, presumably.

  • Her full name is ‘Thandiwe’ which means ‘beloved’.

  • She once had her BMW X5 pelted with eggs by environmental protesters, so swapped it for a Prius.

  • Was Eddie Murphy’s love interest in the obesity-based comedy, Norbit.

Why we love Thandie Newton

Imagine Charlie’s Angels without Lucy Liu. Impossible, you’re thinking – she made that film. The truth is that it was only at the very last minute that Miss Liu became an angel. Up until then a Miss Thandie Newton had the part, and although her agent called it “career suicide”, Thandie backed out. She “didn’t want that kind of fame” she said.

She lied. Now she’s become a Hollywood mainstay, starring in Oscar-winner Crash in 2004, The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006 and Ritchie’s Cockney cock-up, RockNRolla in 2008. She even managed to sneak in a couple of years working in ER in the early 2000s. On a random note, she’s of Zimbabwean descent and her first name is actually ‘Thandiwe’. Now you know.

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