Thandie Newton: my racist abuse growing up in Cornwall

Thandie Newton, the actress, has revealed she was the target of racial abuse when she was growing up in Cornwall in the 1970s.

The 41-year-old star of Crash, who lived in Penzance as a child, recalled how she and her brother Jamie were the only black children in the area and were bullied because of their race.

She said her father Nick, who is white British, tried to protect their family but the strategy of her mother Nyasha, from Zimbabwe, was to make sure her daughter kept a low profile so as to minimise the amount of abuse the family were subjected to.

She told The Times: “It was a beautiful environment, but very backward when it came to racial politics.

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