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International: Movie-Star Thandie Newton Reverts To Her Original Name

British Emmy winning actor Thandiwe Newton, popularly known as Thandie Newton, has announced that she will be reverting to the original Zulu spelling of her name.

The 'Westworld' celebrity was born 'Melanie Thandiwe Parker' and is of Shona heritage from Zimbabwe. Thandiwe, which means beloved in Zulu, discussed her career in depth with writer Diana Evans for May's cover issue of the British Vogue.  Her career debut dates to 1991 where she played Thandiwe Adjewa on 'Flirting'.

During the interview, Newton said she is most grateful for being seen for who she truly is and not to be complicit in the objectification of Black people. She also recalled that when she won a BAFTA for her performance in 'Crash', a UK newspaper said she was not British because her parents are Black. "I remember thinking, 'But it is a British win! Why don't you want to take that? Why would you not want to dig that and embrace it and feel really good?'" Newton said.

Newton has several films coming up, including sci-fi 'Reminiscence', and two thrillers, namely 'God's Country' and 'All the Old Knives'. All future credits will be with the correct spelling of her name.





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