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
The lovely (and awesomely-named) Gugu Mbatha-Raw pays a visit to the YH Studio to tell us about her experiences stepping into the stately 18th Century gowns -- and corsets -- of Dido Elizabeth Belle for the costume drama 'Belle'! She gives us some background on the historical woman she plays and her unorthodox circumstances, plus she also talks about her other film project 'Blackbird' and reveals the meaning behind her unique name!