Thandiwe Adjewa “Thandie” Newton was born on 6 November 1972. Thandie Newton is a BAFTA- and SAG Award-winning English actress. Thandie Newton has appeared in a number of successful British and American films, including The Pursuit of Happyness; Run, Fat Boy, Run; Mission: Impossible II; and Crash. Newton is the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care worker, and Nick Newton, a white English laboratory technician and artist. Her birthplace has been incorrectly reported to be Zambia in biographies, but she has confirmed in interviews that she was born in London, during a two week trip by her parents. The name “Thandiwe” means “beloved” in Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa or Swazi and the name “Thandie” is pronounced TAN-dee. According to Newton, her mother is a Zimbabwean Shona Princess. She was raised in London and Penzance, Cornwall, and studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Downing College, Cambridge.