Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw redefined what the concept of ingnue. A classically trained actress, Mbatha-Raw made her mark on British television with supporting roles in popular series like "Spooks" (BBC, 2002- ), a slick spy drama ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1983 in Oxford, UK

Filmography

Actor (16)

Star Wars: Episode VIII 2017 (Movie)

(Actor)

Free State of Jones 2016 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

The Whole Truth 2016 (Movie)

Janelle (Actor)

Concussion 2015 (Movie)

Prema Mutiso (Actor)

Jupiter Ascending 2015 (Movie)

Famulus (Actor)

Belle 2014 (Movie)

Dido Elizabeth Belle (Actor)

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

Noni (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Odd Thomas 2014 (Movie)

Viola Peabody (Actor)

Touch 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

Talia (Actor)

Undercovers 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Closure 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Doctor Who 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Viva Blackpool: Ripley's Return 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Mirror (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

("Masterpiece") (Song Performer)

Biography

Gugu Mbatha-Raw redefined what the concept of ingénue. A classically trained actress, Mbatha-Raw made her mark on British television with supporting roles in popular series like "Spooks" (BBC, 2002- ), a slick spy drama that followed members of the U.K.'s intelligence team, and on the sci-fi thriller "Doctor Who" (BBC, 2005-). She lit up the Broadway stage as Ophelia in the Donmar Warehouse production of "Hamlet" (2009) opposite Jude Law in the title role. The part was the actress' ticket to fame across the pond, for shortly after the play's runs in London and New York, acclaimed American filmmaker J.J. Abrams chose Mbatha-Raw to play the female lead in the spy drama series, "Undercovers" (NBC, 2010), opposite Boris Kodjoe. After that series failed to ignite, Mbatha-Raw received international critical acclaim for her role in the historical drama "Belle" (2013).

Milestones

2013

Starred in the historical film "Belle."

2005

Starred in productions of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Antony and Cleopatra" at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.

2005

Made her TV debut on an episode of "Holby City."

Joined the cast of the popular TV series "Doctor Who" as Tish Jones.

Bonus Trivia

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Is of English and South African heritage.

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First name is a shortened version of "Gugulethu," a term that means "Our Pride" in Zulu.

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Participated in National Youth Theatre during her childhood in England.

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Frequently appeared in the pantomime at Oxford Playhouse during her youth.

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