British actress, Thandie Newton, has revealed that a spelling mistake in a 1991 film credit was the reason for her using the shortened version of her name.
Several years and awards later, the 48-year-old actress says she’s reverting back to her original name, Thandiwe, which means “beloved” in Zulu.
Newton is the daughter of a Zimbabwean royal tribe princess and a British lab technician. She was born in England and brought up there, but has always felt like an outsider.
In a Vogue interview she said “I mean holy hell, we may as well have been the first black people anyone had ever seen. We didn’t have conditioner. We didn’t have anything.”
The actress was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to both charity and film.
She has appeared in movies like Beloved, Mission Impossible 2 and Crash.
Newton recently also appeared in the Emmy award winning series Westworld, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award twice.
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