Thandiwe "Thandie" Newton (born 6 November 1972) is a British actress best known for such movies as The Chronicles of Riddick, The Truth About Charlie, 2012, Mission: Impossible II and Rock N Rolla. She's currently playing Maeve in the HBO series Westworld.
Tropes related to her work:
- Doing It for the Art: "What's lovely is that I'll get sent a small movie, and by virtue of me being involved they get their money, and that's fantastic."
- Fake American: She plays more Americans than her actual nationality, and many are surprised to find out she's actually British. But she gets to keep her accent on Westworld in a prominent role, so that might change.
- One of Us: She named her daughter Ripley after exactly who you're thinking of.
- Star-Making Role: Mission: Impossible II got the ball rolling, but winning a BAFTA Award for Crash got her a lot of attention.
- What Could Have Been: She was nearly cast in Charlie's Angels but had to turn it down when Mission: Impossible II ran over schedule, and Lucy Liu ended up with the part.