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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Biography

Birth Name:
Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha
Birth Place:
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Fast Facts

  • First name in Zulu means "our pride
  • " Grew up in Witney, West Oxfordshire, England, where she took acting, dancing and saxophone lessons
  • Finished school early so she could perform in a 2004 open-air production of As You Like It
  • Nominated for a Manchester Evening News Award in 2005 for her lead role as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet
  • Included on the 2008 UK Stars of Tomorrow list by Screen International, a global multimedia film magazine
  • In 2009, portrayed Ophelia in the London and Broadway productions of Hamlet
  • Named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours


  • Patrick Mbatha -- Father
  • Anne Raw -- Mother