Mary Kenny Opinion ‘Colour-blind casting treads a delicate path between fair employment and plausible drama’
Thandiwe Newton is a terrific actress — and, as it happens, a stunning beauty — who has recently attracted even more renown by changing her name back to its original African composition. When she first began her career, the original Zulu “Thandiwe” was anglicised to “Thandie”. For Ms Newton, now 48, restoring the original is about reclaiming her identity: her father was English, her mother a Zulu princess. She has received overwhelming support from people who applaud the authenticity of the gesture.