Gugu Mbatha-Raw


21 Apr 1983


Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK


Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha


Gugu, short for Gugulethu which is Zulu for "Our Pride", was born in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse, and her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother in the town of Witney, Oxfordshire (she is still close to her father). She joined the local acting group Dramascope and, from the age of eleven, appeared in the pantomime at Oxford Playhouse every year. A talented singer and dancer as well as playing the saxophone, she joined the Oxford Youth Music Theatre in her teens. In 2001 she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Since graduation in 2004 she has appeared in all media, including as an acclaimed Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre and on television in such varied series as Bad Girls (1999), Doctor Who (2005) and "Marple".

Actor ( 41 credits )

A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Dr. Kate Murry
Rude Buay II (2018) Dr. Tamara Ross (rumored)
Cloverfield Movie (2017)
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Plumette
The Hustle, the Flow, the Verdict (2017) Judge Monica Finley
Rude Buay ... The Unstoppable (2017) Dr. Tamara Ross (rumored)
Miss Sloane (2016)
The Whole Truth (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016) Rachel
Concussion (2015) Prema Mutiso
Jupiter Ascending (2015) Famulus
Beyond the Lights (2014) Noni Jean
Hollywood Sessions (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Belle (2013) Dido Elizabeth Belle
Odd Thomas (2013) Viola Peabody
The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Touch (2012)  Clea Hopkins (13 episodes, 2012)
Larry Crowne (2011) Talia Francesco
Just Seen It (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Undercovers (2010)  Samantha Bloom (13 episodes, 2010-2012)
All My Dreams on VHS (2009) Erica
Act of God (2009) Rose
Bonekickers (2008)  Viv Davis (6 episodes, 2008)
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Closure (2007) Young PA
Vital Signs (2006)  Eve (5 episodes, 2006)
Doctor Who (2005)  Tish Jones (4 episodes, 2007)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (2 episodes, 2011-2014)
Doctor Who Confidential (2005)  Herself / ... (1 episode, 2007)
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)  Tina Argyle (1 episode, 2007)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
MI-5 (2002)  Jenny (9 episodes, 2006)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Holby City (1999)  Colette Hill (1 episode, 2005)
Bad Girls (1999)  Fidelity Saunders (2 episodes, 2006)
Trial & Retribution (1997)  Jenny Miller (1 episode, 2008)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (2 episodes, 2014)
Today (1952)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Black Mirror (0) (1 episode)

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