Gugu Mbatha-Raw Bio, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Education, Relationship, Career, TV Shows & Movies, Awards, Net Worth

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Bio

Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha-Raw MBE, popularly known as Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is a talented British actress celebrated for her diverse and compelling performances across film, television, and theatre. She is known for films like “Beyond the Lights” (2014), “Loki” (2021-2023) and “Lift” (2024).

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Age

Born on 21 April 1983, in Oxford, United Kingdom, she will be 41 years old in 2024.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Height and Weight

She is approximately 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm) tall, and her weight of around 54 kg complements her balanced physique.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Family

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born to Anne Raw (mother), an English nurse and Patrick Mbatha (father), a South African doctor.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw with her mum

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Education

She attended the Henry Box School in Witney, Oxfordshire. Later, she pursued acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, where she honed her craft and laid the foundation for her successful acting career.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Relationship

Information about her current relationship status and personal life is under review and will soon be updated.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw received an MBE honour

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Career

Gugu Mbatha-Raw commenced her acting journey at the National Youth Theatre, initially undertaking minor roles in TV series like “Bad Girls” (2006) and “Marple” (2007). Notably, she portrayed Tish Jones in “Doctor Who” and featured prominently in “The Lazarus Experiment” (2007) as the sister of companion Martha Jones. One of her early breakthroughs occurred in 2005 when she played Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, opposite Andrew Garfield as Romeo. Her portrayal earned her a nomination for Best Actress in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. Additionally, she took on the role of Octavia in “Antony and Cleopatra” at the same theatre in 2005.

In 2009, Mbatha-Raw landed the role of Ophelia in “Hamlet” on London’s West End and Broadway, opposite Jude Law. In September 2010, J. J. Abrams cast her in the television series “Undercovers” after noticing her performance in Hamlet.

In June 2011, Mbatha-Raw secured the female lead in the Fox television series “Touch” alongside Kiefer Sutherland. She also had a supporting role in the romantic comedy “Larry Crowne” (2011), directed by Tom Hanks. Her achievements led to her inclusion in the list of 42 Brits to Watch by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Mbatha-Raw received acclaim for her role in Amma Asante‘s film “Belle” (2013), where she played the historical character Dido Elizabeth Belle. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in 2014. Her performance garnered numerous award nominations, including two British Independent Film Awards, of which she won one, and a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actress.

In 2014, she starred in the romantic drama “Beyond the Lights” and was nominated for Best Actress at the Gotham Awards. Elle Magazine recognized Mbatha-Raw during the Women in Hollywood Awards in 2014. For her notable contributions, Mbatha-Raw received a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination in 2015. That year, she played a supporting role in the space opera Jupiter Ascending.

In July 2015, it was announced that Mbatha-Raw would play the role in Jessica Swale‘s Nell Gwynn, premiering at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015. She earned a nomination for an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Mbatha-Raw appeared in the biopic “Concussion” (2015) and starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in “Free State of Jones” (2016). She also featured in the “Black Mirror” episode “San Junipero” in 2016 and played a significant supporting role in Miss Sloane. In March 2016, it was revealed that Mbatha-Raw would star in Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s adaptation of Roxane Gay‘s novel An Untamed State.

In 2017, Mbatha-Raw portrayed Plumette in the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” adaptation. She received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) designation in the 2017 Birthday Honours for her contributions to drama.

In 2018, she starred in science fiction films “A Wrinkle in Time” and “The Cloverfield Paradox“. She also played a role in the independent feature film “Fast Color“, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Mbatha-Raw was cast as Judge Ravonna Renslayer in the Disney+ series “Loki” in February 2020. She also starred in the Apple TV+ series “Surface”, where she assumed an executive producer role.

In 2021, Mbatha-Raw became a global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She participated in various campaigns, including EveryOneCounts and Films of Hope, and announced the Refugee Paralympic team.

Mbatha-Raw joined the cast of the romantic film “Nobody’s Heart” in November 2021, starring alongside Edgar Ramírez and directed by Isabel Coixet. In April 2022, she was set to play the female lead in the Netflix action film “Lift”, co-starring with Kevin Hart, and was released in 2024.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw TV Shows & Movies

Some of her notable TV shows and movies include:

  • “Larry Crowne” (2011)
  • “Belle” (2013)
  • “Beyond the Lights” (2014)
  • “Concussion” (2015)
  • “The Whole Truth” (2016)
  • “Free State of Jones” (2016)
  • “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
  • “A Wrinkle in Time” (2018)
  • “Fast Color” (2018)
  • “Misbehaviour” (2020)
  • “The Girl Before” (2021)
  • “Loki” (2021-2023)
  • “Lift” (2024)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the film Lift

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Awards

Mbatha-Raw has received nominations and awards for her performances, recognizing her talent and contribution to the entertainment industry.

Some of her accolades include;

  • SIGNIS Award at the Miami International Film Festival for “Belle” (2014)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards for “Belle” (2014)
  • Best Actress Award at the African-American Film Critics Association for “Belle” (2014)
  • Rising Star Award at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival for “Beyond the Lights” (2014)
  • Emerging Artist Award at the Chicago International Film Festival  for “Beyond the Lights” (2014)
  • Best Actress Award at the Black Reel Awards for “Belle” (2015)
  • Best Breakthrough Performance at the Alliance of Women Film Journalists for “Belle” (2015)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the film Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Net Worth

Gugu Mbatha-Raw has an estimated net worth of $3 million, which reflects her successful acting career, endorsements, and various projects.

Mbatha-Raw’s ability to deliver nuanced and powerful performances has made her a respected figure in the world of entertainment. Her dedication to her craft, willingness to take on challenging roles, and commitment to social justice have earned her the respect and admiration of audiences worldwide.

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