Award-winning actress Thandie Newton has revealed she’s taking back what belongs to her by reverting to her real name, which is Thandiwe.

“That’s my name. It’s always been. I’m taking back what’s mine,” she told British Vogue magazine.

She said all her future TV work would be credited her under her name, Thandiwe.

The actress’s full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton. She was born in London to a white father while her mother is Zimbabwean.


She told the publication her name was misspelt in 1991 when she starred in the movie, Flirting, alongside Nicole Kidman. She added that she was happy with how ethnic minority groups were represented in the entertainment landscape.

“The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others, who truly see me. And not to be complicit in the objectification of black people as ‘others’, which is what happens when you are the only one,” the actress said.

In 2006, she won a British Academy Film Award in the category Best Supporting Actress for the movie Crash.

She is married to director Ol Parker and together they have three children, Ripley, Nico and Booker.