GUGU MBATHA-RAW’s Bio
South African-British Gugu Mbatha-Raw, was born in Oxford in the United Kingdom. Ms Mbatha-Raw was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.Her first professional role was in an Open Air production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, as‘Celia.’ Following this, Mbatha-Raw landed roles at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre where she performed in Antony and Cleopatra and the title role of ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet, opposite Andrew Garfield, for which she was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Award for ‘Best Actress’ in 2005.
Mbatha-Raw’s other stage credits include the critically-acclaimed Big White Fog at the Almeida Theatre and David Hare’s Gethsemane,a production at the National Theatre that later toured the UK. She made her West End debut as ‘Ophelia’ in Hamlet opposite Jude Law,which transferred to New York’s Broadhurst Theatre for a limited run and was a hit on Broadway in 2009.
Her television credits include “MI-5,” “Dr. Who,” “Spooks,” “Marple: Ordeal by Innocence,” “Bonekickers” and “Fallout.”It was for this latter role that she was selected as a ‘Star of Tomorrow 2008’ by industry magazine Screen International. In 2010, Mbatha-Raw starred as‘Samantha Bloom’ in JJ Abrams’ NBC series, “Undercovers,” for which she was nominated a NAACP award for ‘Best Actress in a Television Series.’
In film, she has worked with directors such as Dominic Savage and Dan Reed before landing her first major feature film, LARRY CROWNE, directed by Tom Hanks and co-starring Julia Roberts.
In June 2011, Mbatha-Raw landed the female lead as social worker ‘Clea Hopkins’ opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the FOX series“Touch.” The cast also included Danny Glover and David Mazouz. Also in summer 2011, she was recognized at BAFTA’s Brits to Watch event, which was attended by Prince William and Duchess Kate. She divides her time between Los Angeles and London.
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