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Thandie Newton reclaims spelling of her name 'Thandiwe' after 30 years

Thandie Newton reclaims spelling of her name 'Thandiwe' after 30 years

British movie and TV star Thandie Newton has been on our screen for the past 30 years, but it turns out we have been calling her the wrong name the entire time.

The Emmy Award winner has revealed she was incorrectly credited as Thandie in her first role in 1991 Australian movie ‘Flirting’ co-starring Nicole Kidman and Noah Taylor.

The spelling was never corrected — and has been used incorrectly ever since.

Now, the 48-year-old is reclaiming her name and using the original spelling Thandiwe, which means "beloved" in Shona.

The star, whose full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton, appears on the cover of the May issue of British Vogue with her name spelled correctly — for the first time.

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

Thandiwe’s Zimbabwean mother Nyasha is from the Shona tribe and her father Nick Newton is from Britain. The trio lived in Zambia until political unrest caused them to move back to the UK.

The actress also opened up about the backlash she faced in 2016, after revealing that she was a victim of sexual misconduct.

She said she fired her publicist, who asked her to stop talking about the 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, [I] was 16,” she said of the incident.

Newton says a director had filmed up her skirt during an audition and later found out he was showing the video to friends at poker games.

“He derailed me from myself utterly. I was traumatised. It was a kind of PTSD for sure,” she told British Vogue.

“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**ked up it was.

“I was basically waiting for someone to come along and say, "Well, what shall we do about this?"

“I have a seventh sense for abuse and abusers which I believe is one of the reasons why I was rejected a lot in Hollywood. I'll talk about it until the cows come home, because I know I'll be helping someone.”

Thandiwe is married to film director Ol Parker, 51, and they have three children.

The star's youngest daughter, Nico, is already four years into her own acting career, with lead parts in Dumbo and The Third Day.

“I went to every photoshoot with her. If there was an issue with the photographer, if there was any appropriate language I was on it, I didn't give a f**k what anyone thought,” she said.

“When it was time for her to get an agent, I spent a month auditioning for one, even though I knew half of them.”

The Crash star, who has always been outspoken about equality for women in Hollywood, says she will continue to fight for inclusivity in the industry.