Thandie Newton is the daughter of an English father and a Zimbabwean mother who is a princess of the Shona tribe. She was raised in Zambia and Cornwall, England, and educated at Downing College, Cambridge University.
Newton made her film début in Flirting
(1991), and gained international recognition
opposite Nick Nolte in the film Jefferson in Paris,
which led to her being cast in 1998's Beloved
(alongside Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey),
in which she played the title character.
She was also in the movie Mission: Impossible II,
as Nyah Hall, the love interest of Tom Cruise's
character, Ethan Hunt. Newton recently played
Kem, the love interest of Dr. John Carter,
on the American television series ER.
She also appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick and Crash.
She has also just landed the role as the new
Bond Girl for Casino Royale.
Newton married film writer Oliver Parker
in 1998. The couple has two daughters, Ripley,
born in 2000, and Nico, born in 2004.