Born in Oxford in the United Kingdom, GUGU MBATHA-RAW (Dido Elizabeth
Belle) 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
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
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.
Mbatha-Raw will star alongside Willem Dafoe and Anton Yelchin in the Stephen
Sommers-directed film ODD THOMAS.
She also recently finished filming her role in Andy and Lana Wachowski's JUPITER
ASCENDING, which stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne.
Mbatha-Raw was selected to be part of Variety's 10 Brits to Watch feature out in Fall
She divides her time between Los Angeles and London.