Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha-Raw, MBE (born April 21, 1983 in Oxford, England), better known as Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is an English actress, born in Oxford, England to a black South African father and white English mother.
Mbatha-Raw got her start in British television, appearing on the BBC's Doctor Who as Tish Jones, younger sister to Freema Agyeman's companion Martha Jones, in one of her earliest roles. She later broke into American television, starring on NBC's Undercovers and FOX's Touch. In 2016, she appeared in the Black Mirror: San Junipero episode of Netflix's Black Mirror. She has since gone on to appear in several other Netflix projects, the most recent being 2019's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Her prominence in films has seen a rise in promise during The New '10s, with Mbatha-Raw appearing in high-profile projects like 2013's biopic Belle as the title character, Beyond the Lights as popstar Noni Jean, and The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending as deerlike alien Famulus.
- Bad Girls (2006) as Fidelity
- Spooks (2006) as
- Doctor Who (2007) as Tish Jones
- Lost in Austen (2008) as Piranha
- Bonekickers (2008) as Viv Davis
- Undercovers (2010) as Samantha Bloom
- Larry Crowne (2011) as Talia
- Touch (2012) as Clea Hopkins
- Odd Thomas (2012) as Viola
- Belle (2013) as Dido Elizabeth Belle
- Beyond the Lights (2014) as Noni Jean
- Jupiter Ascending (2015) as Famulus
- Concussion (2015) as Prema Mutiso
- Free State of Jones (2016) as Rachel
- Black Mirror: San Junipero (2016) as Kelly
- Beauty and The Beast (2017) as Plumette
- The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) as Ava Hamilton
- A Wrinkle in Time (2018) as Dr. Kate Murray
- Fast Color (2018) as Ruth
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) as Seladon
- The Morning Show (2019) as Hannah Shoenfeld
- Motherless Brooklyn (2019) as Laura
- Loki (2021) as TBA
Tropes associated with her work:
- Promoted Fangirl:
- Growing up, she was a HUGE fan of the original animated Beauty and the Beast (to the point that she knew the film's entire soundtrack by heart!). So when her agent called to tell her that Disney wanted her to play Plumette in the live-action remake, she was so excited that she "literally squealed down the phone line"!
- She's also been a major fan of Jim Henson's work since she was a little girl and has described being cast as Seladon in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance as "a childhood dream come true".