Melanie Thandiwe Newton known professionally as Thandie Newton, is an English actress who was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to film and charity.
Thandie Newton portrays Val in Solo, A Star Wars Story, a criminal who worked with fellow outlaw Tobias Beckett.
Thandie Newton is the daughter of Zimbabwean mother Nyasha, and British father Nick Newton, was born in London in November 1972.
She lived with her family in Zambia until political turmoil meant her family hadto return to the UK
Newton had hoped to pursue a careed in dance but a back injury meant she had to follow a different path.
Her first role was in John Duigan`s Flirting in 1991, this gave her the acting bug and she moved Los Angeles, California to pursue acting.
During this period she had found roles hard to come by, she returned to The UK and studied at Cambridge University, earning a degree in anthropology.
She never gave up on acting and eventually the offers would flood in.
She Went on to appear in Blockbusters such as An Interview With a Vampire, Crash, Mission Impossible II, The Chronicles of Riddick, 2012 and The Pursuit of Happyness among others.
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Thandie Newton has had roles on popular TV series ER where she played Makemba `Kem` Likasu, Line of Duty playing Roz and more recently in Smash hit Westworld as Maeve Millay.