Do you know the real names of these stars?

The actress known as Thandie Newton reveals the spelling error that stuck for 30 years

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05/04/21 | StarsInsider

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For over three decades, audiences have known the 'Westworld' actress as Thandie Newton, but she's now revealed that her real name is spelled Thandiwe Newton. It's pronounced "tan-DEE-way" and it means “beloved," she told British Vogue.

Newton explained that her name was misspelled in the credits for her first film, 1991's 'Flirting' which co-starred Nicole Kidman and Noah Taylor, and the misspelling stuck for over three decades, Deadline reports. Now, she says of the proper spelling: "That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.”

Have you ever wondered how celebrities' parents thought to give them names that seemed destined for stardom? Well, as it turns out, most of them didn't! And the real names of some of you favorite stars will certainly surprise you.

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