Gugu was born in Oxford, England. After Graduating from RADA in 2004 she appeared in TV series Bad Girls, Bonekickers and Doctor Who. In 2013 She starred in Amma Asante's film Belle, playing the eponymous historical character, Dido.Followed by starring in Gina Prince-Bythewood's film Beyond The Lights
In a grand fashion some of the most dedicated and hard working African American women in Hollywood gathered again to pay tribute and celebrate the success of each other. With Oprah at the helm, the delicious 4 course luncheon went without a hitch as star studded names like Regina King, the ensemble cast of the hit show Orange is the New Black, Gugu Mbatha-Raw to name a few took to the stage to accept their Essence awards. Check out the photos!