Thandiwe Nashita "Thandie" Newton born 6 November 1972 is a British actress. She has appeared in a number of British and American films, including The Pursuit of Happyness, Mission: Impossible II, Crash, Run Fatboy Run, W., 2012, Norbit, For Colored Girls and Good Deeds. Newton was born in London, England, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean health-care worker and Nick Newton, a British laboratory technician and artist. She gained international recognition in the Merchant Ivory production of Jefferson in Paris as Sally Hemings, which led to her being cast in Jonathan Demme's Beloved (1998), in which she played the title character with co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She played the female lead Nyah Hall in the film Mission: Impossible II. She was originally anticipated to play Alex Munday in the film Charlie's Angels, but turned it down to appear in the low-budget film It Was an Accident. Lucy Liu was ultimately given the part. In 2007, she starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy 'Norbit' as his love interest, and opposite Simon Pegg as his ex-girlfriend in the comedy 'Run Fat Boy Run'. Thandie next portrayed U.S. National Security Advisor-turned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in 'W.', Oliver Stone's film biography of President George W. Bush. The film was released October 2008. She married English writer/director/producer Ol Parker in 1998. The couple have two daughters.