Gugu Mbatha Raw is an English actress, known for her role as Kelly in Black Mirror, Dido Elizabeth Belle in Belle, Noni Jean in Beyond the Lights and Plumette in Beauty and the Beast. She earned critical acclaim for her performances in the British period drama Bell and the romantic drama Beyond the Lights, receiving numerous accolade nominations from critics worldwide.

Birth Name

Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha


Gugu Mbatha-Raw





Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born on June 30, 1983 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK.


She’s currently 35 years old.

Sun Sign




Her father is South African, while her mom is English.


Gugu attended The Henry Box School in Witney, Oxfordshire. In 2001, she relocated to London to train herself from Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Family Details

  • Father – Patrick Mbatha (African Doctor)
  • Mother – Anne Raw (English Nurse)
  • Siblings – None

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Gugu Mbatha-Raw has dated –

Gugu has kept her personal life discreet from his professional life and thus there is not much information available of any relation she has had in the past or in the present.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 4 inches
  • In centimeters – 163 cm
  • In meters – 1.63 m


  • In Kilograms – 54 kg
  • In Pounds – 119 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-24-35
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 7 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

She has done short TV appearances, did couple of films and have also done some theatre work. From 2009 to 2010, she played Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”.

Film Debut

In 2011, Gugu made her film debut with romantic comedy film Larry Crowne where she played the role as Talia.

Television Debut

In 2004, she appeared in BBC One’s medical drama TV series Holby City for her role as Collette Hill.

Brand Endorsements

She has not endorsed any of the brands.

Awards & Nominations

2011NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesUndercoversNominated
2012Black Reel AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceLarry CrowneNominated
2014Miami International Film FestivalSIGNIS AwardBelleWon
Chicago International Film FestivalEmerging Artist AwardBeyond the LightsWon
British Independent Film AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a British Independent FilmBelleWon
Best NewcomerNominated
African-American Film Critics AssociationBest ActressWon
Chicago Film Critics AssociationMost Promising PerformerNominated
Women’s Image Network AwardsActress in a Feature FilmNominated
Gotham Independent Film AwardsBest ActressBeyond the LightsNominated
Detroit Film Critics SocietyBreakthrough Film ArtistNominated
Florida Film Critics CirclePauline Kael Breakout Award2nd place
Village Voice Film PollBest Actress9th place
Capri Hollywood International Film FestivalRising StarWon
2015BAFTA AwardsBAFTA Rising Star AwardN/ANominated
London Film Critics’ CircleBritish Actress of the YearBelleNominated
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureNominated
Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Motion PictureNominated
Black Reel AwardsBest ActressWon
Beyond the LightsNominated
International Online Film Critics’ PollBest ActressNominated
Georgia Film Critics AssociationBreakthrough AwardsNominated
Empire AwardsBest Female NewcomerBelleNominated
Alliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Breakthrough PerformanceWon
2016NAACP Image AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureConcussionNominated
Black Reel AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Favorites

Her favorite things are unknown.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Net worth

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

She is not on social media.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gugu Mbatha-Raw

  • She was born in John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. Her name is in Zulu language. It is a contraction of igugu lethu, which means “our pride” in English.
  • Gugu started her acting in the mid of 2000s playing minor roles in television and films, including her appearances in Bad Girls, Doctor Who, Marple, Larry Crowne and Odd Thomas.
  • In 2011, Gugu was named one of 42 Brits to Watch by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
  • In June 2011, Mbatha-Raw was cast as the female lead on the Fox television series Touch opposite Kiefer Sutherland.
  • In 2012, she played the female lead as Clea Hopkins in the Fox pilot “Touch” opposite Kiefer Sutherland.
  • In 2014, Mbatha-Raw was recognized by Elle Magazine during the Women in Hollywood Awards, honoring women for their outstanding achievements in film. These awards span all aspects of the motion picture industry, including acting, directing and producing.
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2017 Birthday Honours for her services to drama.
  • In 2017, she played Plumette in a romantic fantasy film, Beauty and the Beast.
  • In 2018, Mbatha-Raw starred in a number of science fiction feature productions, including A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay and The Cloverfield Paradox.


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