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Thandie New­ton is 43 and she’s al­ready got an im­pres­sive 30-year ca­reer with loads of lead­ing roles on her CV. And not just on the bigscreen, like in 2000’s ac­tion movie Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble II with Tom Cruise. She’s on the telly as con­flicted un­der­cover de­tec­tive Grace Travis on spy drama Rogue (2013-cur­rent).

Thandie’s mom Nyasha is a health1

care worker from Zim­babwe and her dad Nick New­ton is a Bri­tish lab tech­ni­cian. Ac­cord­ing to Thandie, her mom is a princess of the Shona tribe and the fam­ily lived in Zam­bia un­til po­lit­i­cal un­rest forced the trio to move back to the UK when she was eight.

She mar­ried Bri­tish writer/direc­tor 2

Ol Parker in 1998 and they have three chil­dren. She named her daugh­ter Ri­p­ley (15) af­ter the char­ac­ter played by Sigour­ney Weaver in sci-fi movie Alien (1979). Her sec­ond daugh­ter Nico (11) was named af­ter Ger­man-born singer Nico, mem­ber of iconic rock group The Vel­vet Un­der­ground. And the cou­ple also have a son named Booker (2).

All of Thandie’s kids were born at 3

home in a birthing pool on her bath­room floor. “I as­so­ci­ated hospi­tal with be­ing ill and I felt beau­ti­ful and healthy and won­der­ful when I was preg­nant,” she says. “Home is the place I felt most re­laxed and com­fort­able.”

She loved play­ing Tom’s love inte4

rest Nyah Nord­off-Hall in MI-II and says that “it was hys­ter­i­cal. We wanted to make it [the love scenes] naughty and fun. When the cam­era stopped rolling, it was hard to stop laugh­ing”.

She also prefers com­pli­cated cha5

rac­ters with depth. “I’m good at play­ing the emo­tion­ally stran­gled per­son. The woman in the worst place in her life. That’s me,” she laughs.

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