Thandie Newton reclaims correct spelling of her name, Thandiwe: ‘Taking back what’s mine’

Emmys: Thandie Newton SWEARS during acceptance speech

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Line of Duty actress Thandie Newton, 48, has confirmed that she is “taking back” the correct Zimbabwean spelling of her first name, Thandiwe. The Westworld star, born Melanie Thandiwe Newton Parker, has been known by an anglicised version of her name ever since the “w” was dropped from her first acting credit, on film Flirting.

She revealed her name was misspelled in the credits to her first film in 1991, which co-starred Nicole Kidman and Noah Taylor.

Thandiwe explained she was setting the record straight and that she wants to be credited with her name spelled correctly in all of her future on-screen projects.

She said: “That’s my name. It’s always been my name. 

“I’m taking back what’s mine.”

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Newton also told British Vogue that she is “grateful” about how much representation of ethnic minority groups has improved in the film and TV industry.

She informed the publication: “The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others who truly see me. 

“And to not be complicit in the objectification of black people as ‘others’, which is what happens when you’re the only one.”

She also said that growing older has led her to become inspired to use her personal experiences to be more outspoken.


The actress explained: “I’ve changed a whole lot. 

“Many lives have been lived since then.”

Newton recently took to Twitter to respond to a congratulatory message about her “glorious Zulu name up in lights” on the May cover of British Vogue.

She penned in response: “You’ll make me cry!”

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Last week, Thandiwe slammed the government’s report on race disparity in the UK, saying it must have been a joke for April Fools’ Day.

She tweeted: “It’s #AprilFools! The Gov. Report on Racial Disparities is an April Fools joke!!! 

“Oh THANK GOD! ‘Cause there’s NO WAY it can be real – it would be unethical insanity. 

“Phew!!!! I can’t wait for @BorisJohnson to reveal the true nature of the hoax – Prime Minister?”

Thandiwe was born in London to a white British father, Nick, and a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha.

Her family settled in Penzance, Cornwall, when the actress was three-years-old.

The star’s performance in HBO sci-fi series Westworld earned her an Emmy Award in 2018 for best supporting actress in a drama series.

She went on to win a Bafta Film Award in 2006 for best supporting actress for her role in Crash, which also won best picture at the Oscars.

Thandiwe has also appeared in Half of a Yellow Sun, Mission: Impossible 2, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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