Westworld star Thandie Newton says she is "taking back what's hers" by reverting to the original Zimbabwean spelling of her name and is now calling herself Thandiwe.

In an interview with British Vogue, the 48-year-old actress, who was born in London to a white British father and a Zimbabwean mother, said that Thandie was an anglicised version of the name which excludes the "w".

Her full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton, and she'll now be credited as Thandiwe Newton in all her future projects. Her name means "beloved" in Zulu and is pronounced "tan-DEE-way".

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

In the interview, Newton, who has also starred in Crash, Mission: Impossible II, Line of Duty, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, said she was "grateful" that representation of ethnic minorities has improved across film and television.

"The thing I'm most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others who truly see me," she said,

"And to not be complicit in the objectification of black people as 'others', which is what happens when you're the only one."

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