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Thandie Newton: Actress Reveals Correct Spelling Of Her Name Is Thandiwe Newton For First Time In 30-Year Career

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Thandie Newton: Actress Reveals Correct Spelling Of Her Name Is Thandiwe Newton For First Time In 30-Year Career

Thandiwe Newton has revealed the correct spelling of her name, after it was misspelt in her very first film role.

Although the Emmy Award winner has been known as 'Thandie' for nearly 30 years, she explained she's now "taking her name back" after it was credited incorrectly in her first role, and every other role since.

Thandiwe Newton has revealed the correct spelling of her name (Credit: PA)
Thandiwe Newton has revealed the correct spelling of her name (Credit: PA)

"That's my name," she told Vogue. It's always been my name. I'm taking back what's mine."

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Thandiwe means 'beloved' in Shona, and from now on, all Thandiwe's future movies will be credited correctly.

The 48-year-old also opened up about the #MeToo movement, recalling how she fired her publicist who begged her to stop talking about her sexual abuse because it was "not good for your reputation."

"There's a moment where the ghost of me changed, you know, and it was then, it was 16," she said.

Thandiwe's name was spelt incorrectly in her first movie, and every role since (Credit: PA)
Thandiwe's name was spelt incorrectly in her first movie, and every role since (Credit: PA)
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"He derailed me from myself utterly. I was traumatized. It was a kind of PTSD for sure. I was so distraught and appalled that a director had abused a young actress, and that it was happening elsewhere, minors getting abused and how f- up it was. I was basically waiting for someone to come along and say, 'Well, what shall we do about this?''

At the time, Thandiwe revealed that a director had filmed up her skirt during an audition, when she was a teenager.

"A director, on a callback, had a camera shooting up my skirt and asked me to touch my t**s and think about the guy making love to me in the scene.

Thandiwe in Westworld (Credit: Shutterstock)
Thandiwe in Westworld (Credit: Shutterstock)
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"I thought, 'OK, this is a little weird,' but there was a female casting director in the room and I'd done weird stuff before so I did it," she told W Magazine in 2016.

"It turns out that the director was showing that audition tape to his friends after poker games at his house. And they would all get off on it."

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