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Thandie Newton

Highest Rated:   96% Flirting (1992)
Lowest Rated:   9% Norbit (2007)
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Birthplace:   London, England, UK
Fine-boned and soft-spoken, Thandie Newton displays a deceptive fragility that is betrayed by the strong, resilient characters she often portrays. The actress was born in London in 1972 to a Zimbabwean mother and British father. It was while a student at a private school in North London that the actress met Australian director John Duigan, who was casting his coming-of-age tale Flirting (1991). Newton won a leading role as the smart, worldly girlfriend of the film's protagonist and starred alongside a then-relatively unknown Nicole Kidman. Her next film of any significance was 1994's Interview With the Vampire, in which she had a minor role alongside Kidman's then-husband, Tom Cruise.The same year, Newton acted as part of an ensemble cast in Loaded, a fairly obscure film directed by Anna Campion, sister of The Piano's Jane Campion. She was then reunited with Flirting director Duigan in 1995 for The Journey of August King, a little-seen feature in which she starred with Jason Patric. Greater recognition came in the form of the same year's Jefferson in Paris, a critically maligned but impressively cast film, in which Newton played Sally Hemings, slave and lover of Nick Nolte's Thomas Jefferson. Acting alongside individuals such as Nolte, James Earl Jones, and Gwyneth Paltrow certainly did little to hurt Newton's reputation and the next year she had yet another starring role, this time opposite Jon Bon Jovi in her third film with director Duigan, The Leading Man.Despite her leading status, Newton still hovered on the border of relative obscurity, something that finally began to change with three 1998 films in which she had major roles. The first was Vondie Curtis-Hall's Gridlock'd, a film that won Newton raves for her turn as a heroine-addicted jazz singer opposite Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur. Beloved, Newton's second film that year, won her further recognition, both for her mere presence in the highly anticipated adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel, and for her portrayal of the mysterious, ghostly girl who torments Oprah Winfrey's Sethe. Finally, it was with her third film of 1998, Besieged, that Newton graduated from relative obscurity to the rank of Hollywood Up and Comer. The film, which was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and co-starred David Thewlis, received stellar reviews, many of which singled out Newton's performance for particular praise. This, along with a coveted spot on the April 1999 cover of Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood Issue, further cemented the actress' well-deserved status as one of the industry's latest Forces to Be Reckoned With.In 2000, Newton further ascended the ranks of recognition when she starred opposite former Interview With the Vampire co-star Tom Cruise in John Woo's Mission: Impossible II; although the film received mixed reviews, Newton earned almost unanimous approval from critics, who praised her strong, dynamic performance.Over the coming decade, Newton would remain a charismatic and beloved force on screen, appearing in films like Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness, W., and Retreat.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film
  • Actor
2018
51% Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Olanna
$54.1k 2014
30% Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
  • Lindsey Wakefield
$35.1M 2012
80% The Prophet
  • Actor
2011
73% Retreat
  • Kate
2011
49% Vanishing On 7th Street
  • Rosemary
$22.7k 2011
14% Huge
  • Actor
2011
32% For Colored Girls
  • Tangie/Orange
$37.8M 2010
39% 2012
  • Laura Wilson
$166.2M 2009
59% W.
  • Condoleezza Rice
$25.6M 2008
59% RocknRolla
  • Stella
$5.7M 2008
48% Run Fatboy Run
  • Elizabeth Olivia 'Libby' Odell
$6M 2007
9% Norbit
  • Kate Thomas
$95.4M 2007
67% The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Linda
$162.6M 2006
75% Crash
  • Christine
$55.4M 2004
29% The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Dame Vaako
$56.9M 2004
67% Shade
  • Tiffany
2003
33% The Truth About Charlie
  • Regina Lambert
$5.3M 2002
57% Mission: Impossible 2
  • Nyah
2000
No Score Yet Behind the Mission: The Making of 'M:I-2'
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet It Was an Accident
  • Actor
2000
75% Besieged
  • Shandurai
1999
78% Beloved
  • Beloved
1998
63% The Leading Man
  • Hilary Rule
1998
88% Gridlock'd
  • Cookie
1997
57% The Journey of August King
  • Annalees Williamsburg
1996
No Score Yet Loaded
  • Zita
1996
33% Jefferson in Paris
  • Sally Hemings
1995
61% Interview with the Vampire
  • Yvette
1994
33% The Young Americans
  • Rachael
1993
96% Flirting
  • Thandiwe Adjewa
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Rogue
2013
  • Grace Travis
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
89% Westworld
2015-2016
  • Maeve Millay
  • 2016
65% The Slap
2015
  • Aisha
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Kem
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Line of Duty
2012-2016
  • Roz

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