Gugu Mbatha-Raw Biography

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a phenomenal British actress and best known for her stunning personality and mind-blowing acting skills. She came to media attention through her acting skills. Gugu appeared in numerous shot Tv series, theatre shows, movies, and short films. She received a lot of appreciation and critics who were very pleased with her acting skills. She portrays each role so dramatically that one can fall in love with the character.

Early Life

Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha-Raw was born on 21st April 1983 and in her hometown Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. She was raised by her father, Patrick Mbatha, who is a South-African doctor, and mother, Anne Raw, who is an English Nurse. After her parents were divorced, she lived along with her mother in Witney. Though Gugu grew up with her mother, she is very close to her father too. Since she was a kid, acting, dancing, and musical theatre were her fields of interest.

Gugu went to study at the Henry Box School, where she participated in the ‘National Youth Theatre’. She learned dancing at the Judy Tompsett School of Dance, which is known as the Marsh Tompsett School of Dance at present. Later attended the ‘Oxford Youth Music Theatre’ to learn and mold her skills as an actor, singer, and dancer. After winning a scholarship, she went for training and gaining experience in her field of interest at the ‘Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’ in 2001.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Career

The stunning superstar, Gugu Mbatha-Raw initiated her professional career while playing minors roles on Tv series namely, Bad Girls and Marple. She gave an astonishing performance in ‘Doctor Who, which became one of the most-watched series. Her breakthrough in the drama was in Romeo and Juliet in 2005, playing the lead role of Juliet. In 2011, she got cast on the Fox television series called Touch.

She was also named one of 42 Brits to watch by the ‘British Academy of Film and Television Arts. She also starred in Beyond the Lights in 2014. Her starring role in San Junipero was praised by her fans. Her career took a leap after she appeared in the films such as Miss Sloane in 2016, Beauty and the Beast in 2017, The Morning Show in 2019, Misbehaviour in 2020. In February 2020, it was announced that she will play in the Disney+ series called ‘Loki’, which got released on 9th June 2021.


The legendary actress also serves as a social worker. She has talked about various fundraising and advocacy events globally. Over the past 3 years, she has been supporting UNHCR constantly, while posting websites on social media for raising funds for UNHCR campaigns. She visited camps and met women involved in livelihood projects when she visited Rwanda. In Uganda, she met refugee women who had survived sexual assault and youth settlement community living with albinism. She also took part in the ‘EveryOneCounts’ campaign in 2019.

Social Media

The star went on to break records, onscreen as well as offscreen. She is been praised virtually by many of her fans for her great works, skills, and beauty. She is considered as ‘Beauty with Brains’. Her fans love her and motivate her to create more blockbusters. She is available on Instagram under the username @gugumbatharaw, with 152k followers. On her Twitter @gugumbatharaw, she has gained 19.9k followers, where she tweets actively about the latest and upcoming movies.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Biography

Real Name Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha-Raw
Birth Date 21 April 1983
Age (as of 2021) 38 Years
Birth Place Oxford, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Profession Actress
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Cancer

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 4” – in Centimeters – 162 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 54 kg  –  in Pounds –  119 lbs
Body Measurements 34-24-34
Bra Size 32A
Waist Size 24 inches
Hips Size 34 inches
Shoe Size 7 (U.S.)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Slim


Father Patrick Mbatha
Mother Anna Mbatha


School Henry Box School
College Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Relationship Status

Marital Status Single
Affair No
Is she a Lesbian? No
Boyfriend? None

Personal Life

Mbatha-Raw is a very private person in nature and likes to keep her personal life wrapped up and at a distance from media. In an interview, she once said that she was dating Harry Llyod, who is also an actor, but unfortunately broke up later on. Not much is known besides this. So, we assume that she is still single.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Net Worth

Acquiring and possessing a successful career, the British Actress has been accumulated a long-lasting fortune. Giving blockbuster films every year and maintaining an up-track record at giving hit movies, her estimated net worth is $500 thousand. She has not disclosed her annual salary though. Every year, she appears in 2 to 3 movies and has kept up with all her competitors. She is going to earn more and raise her worth to be a part of the highly-paid actresses list.


  • As being a great actress, she was honored for her services to drama and was appointed as a ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’ by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • She is the receiver of several awards and nominations. For her potential skills, she went on to be nominated for the prestigious ‘Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress award.
  • For her breakthrough British period drama named ‘Belle’, she received the BIFA Award for Best Actress.
  • While collaborating with IMDb, she shared three ‘Films of Hope’ on her social media, which inspires and highlights the need for kindness, global solidarity, and action to fight against COVID.
  • Recently in February 2021, Gugu was announced as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
  • She has mentioned her experience in outlets like Refinery29 and Vogue.
  • Gugu is a big supporter of MAD51, a program that empowers refugee artisans by helping them to sell their products globally.

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