Gugu Mbatha-Raw Biography: In Her Own Words – Exclusive Video, News, Photos
Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha-Raw on April 21, 1983 (Gugu Mbatha-Raw age: 37) in Oxford, England to parents Patrick Mbatha and Anne Raw.
GUGU MBATHA-RAW BIOGRAPHY: EARLY LIFE, FAMILY, EDUCATION
Her father is South African and her mother is English. Her parents separated when she was young; Mbatha-Raw was primarily raised by her mother but remained close to her father. Mbatha-Raw was raised in Witney, where she attended the Henry Box School. She was interested in drama from early childhood and was in the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Mbatha-Raw moved to London in 2001 to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art after winning a scholarship. In 2017, Mbatha-Raw was given the honor of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to dramatic arts.
GUGU MBATHA-RAW BIOGRAPHY: THEATRE, MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
After graduating in 2004, Mbatha-Raw began to make a name for herself in the theater world. She appeared in minor television roles but experienced bigger breakthroughs in theatre; Mbatha-Raw’s performance as Juliet opposite Andrew Garfield in Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet in 2005 won her a nomination for best actress in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. She went on to portray Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra and Ophelia in Hamlet.
Mbatha-Raw’s performance in Hamlet gained the attention of American filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who casted her in his television series Undercovers. In 2011, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Undercovers.
Mbatha-Raw played supporting character Talia in Tom Hanks‘ 2011 romantic comedy Larry Crowne, a role for which she was nominated for a Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.
Mbatha-Raw was nominated for and won multiple awards for her performance as Dido Elizabeth Belle in Amma Asante’s 2013 historical drama film Belle, including the British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, the African-American Film Critics Association’s award for Best Actress, the Black Reel Award for Best Actress, and Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ award for Best Breakthrough Performance.
The following year, Mbatha-Raw garnered more praise for her portrayal of Noni Jean in the 2014 romantic drama film Beyond the Lights with at least nine nominations for various awards.
Mbatha-Raw is set to appear in Disney+’s TV series Loki, based on the Marvel comics character, in 2020.
Mbatha-Raw starred as Ruth in Codeblack Films’ Fast Color in 2018. Fast Color follows Ruth, a woman with supernatural abilities that cause earthquakes. When the same powers that drove her away from her family lead her to return home, Ruth must learn to harness her power and reconnect with the family she left behind.
“When we first meet [Ruth] in the story… we’re not sure what she’s on the run from but we know she’s in quite a desperate situation,” Mbatha-Raw told uInterview exclusive of her character. “She’s been out struggling with addiction, struggling with these powers that she has, these special abilities where she has these seizures that she’s not able to control.”
Mbatha-Raw described the film as one “about three generations of women coming together to learn how to own their powers.” Lorraine Toussaint played Bo, Ruth’s mother, and Saniyya Sidney played Lila, Ruth’s daughter.
GUGU MBATHA-RAW BIOGRAPHY: PERSONAL LIFE, NAME MEANING
Mbatha-Raw said in an interview with Oprah.com that her best role model was Nelson Mandela due to her South African roots. “My father is South African and grew up under apartheid, so I’ve always been inspired by what Mandela stood for.”
Mbatha-Raw has many nicknames, including Twinx, Gugs and Gugu. Her mother calls her Twinx, which is short for “twinkletoes,” a nickname she gave Mbatha-Raw when she did ballet growing up. Mbatha-Raw’s given name is Gugulethu, which means “our pride” in Zulu.
GUGU MBATHA-RAW BIOGRAPHY: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is Gugu Mbatha-Raw dating? Mbatha-Raw is currently single but was previously in a relationship with English actor Harry Lloyd.
Where is Gugu Mbatha-Raw from? Mbatha-Raw is from Witney, Oxfordshire in England.
Can Gugu Mbatha-Raw speak Zulu? Mbatha-Raw cannot speak Zulu.
GUGU MBATHA-RAW FILMOGRAPHY
|2005||Holby City (TV Series)
|2005||Walk Away and I Stumble||Nurse|
|2006||Viva Blackpool||Pretty Young Woman|
|2006||Spooks (TV Series)
– The Criminal
– Episode #5.8
– Hostage Takers: Part 2
– Hostage Takers: Part 1
– The Message
– World Trade
– The Cell
– Gas and Oil: Part 2
– Gas and Oil: Part 1
|2006||Born Equal||Girl at King’s Cross Station (uncredited)|
|2006||Bad Girls (TV Series)
– Christmas Special
– Episode #8.6
|2006||Vital Signs (TV Series)
– Episode #1.6
– Episode #1.5
– Episode #1.4
– Episode #1.3
– Episode #1.2
|2007||Dead Clever: The Life and Crimes of Julie Bottomley||Jessica|
|2007||Marple (TV Series)
– Ordeal by Innocence
|2007||Doctor Who (TV Series)
– Last of the Time Lords
– The Sound of Drums
– The Lazarus Experiment
– Smith and Jones
|2008||Trial & Retribution (TV Series)
– The Box: Part 1
|2008||Bonekickers (TV Mini-Series)
– Follow the Gleam
– The Lines of War
– The Cradle of Civilisation
– The Eternal Fire
– Army of God
|2008||Lost in Austen (TV Mini-Series)
– Episode #1.4
– Episode #1.1
|2009||All My Dreams on VHS (Short)||Erica|
|2009||Act of God||Rose|
|2010||Capture Anthologies: Love, Lust and Tragedy (Video)||Erica|
|2010-2012||Undercovers (TV Series) (13 episodes)||Samantha Bloom|
|2012||Touch (TV Series) (13 episodes)||Clea Hopkins|
|2013||Odd Thomas||Viola Peabody|
|2013||Belle||Dido Elizabeth Belle|
|2014||Beyond the Lights||Noni|
|2014||9 Kisses (Short)||Bride|
|2016||The Whole Truth||Janelle|
|2016||Free State of Jones||Rachel|
|2016||After the Storm (Short)||Mother|
|2016||Black Mirror (TV Series)
– San Junipero
|2016||Miss Sloane||Esme Manucharian|
|2017||Beauty and the Beast||Plumette|
|2018||The Cloverfield Paradox||Hamilton|
|2018||A Wrinkle in Time||Mrs. Murry|
|2018||Fabled (TV Series)||Dee|
|2016-2019||Easy (TV Series)
– She’s Back
– Chemistry Read
|2019||The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (TV Series)
– A Single Piece Was Lost
– The Crystal Calls
– Prophets Don’t Know Everything
– By Gelfling Hand
– She Knows All the Secrets
– The First Thing I Remember Is Fire
– What Was Sundered and Undone
– Nothing is Simple Anymore
– End. Begin. All the Same.
|2019||Motherless Brooklyn||Laura Rose|
|2019||The Morning Show (TV Series)
– The Interview
– Play the Queen
– Lonely at the Top
– Open Waters
– The Pendulum Swings
– No One’s Gonna Harm You, Not While I’m Around
– That Woman
– Chaos Is the New Cocaine
– A Seat at the Table
– In the Dark Night of the Soul It’s Always 3:30 in the Morning
|2020||Come Away||Adult Alice Littleton|
|2020||Misbehaviour||Jennifer Hosten – Miss Grenada|
|2021||Loki (TV Mini-Series) (filming)|
|Seacole (filming)||Mary Seacole|