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
Nobody make a period drama quite like the Brits and Belle is no exception; so at the UK Premiere Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Mike Jonas looked forward to interviewing a Actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson and James Norton; Director Amma Asante; Writer Misan Sagay and Producer Damian Jones. Join us as we ask Amma Asante about helming this project; Gugu Mbatha-Raw about the intelligent, spirited Dido Elizabeth Bell; Tom Wilkinson about Lord Mansfield's contribution to the abolition of slavery; Sam Reid about his portrayal of John Davinier; Miranda Richardson about how the costumes can change a characters demeanour; James Norton abut how 16th Century society; Misan Sagay about the Zong trial that changed the course of history and Damian Jones about his how his sighting of a picture that inspired this film.