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
If Mbatha-Raw wins, she will be only the second non-white actress to receive the award in its 60-year history, following Josette Simon’s 1990 win. It would also be the first time an actor or actress has ever won an Evening Standard Theatre Award for a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe. Also in the running for the Best Actress award are Lia Williams, who played Klytemnestra in the Almeida Theatre’s Oresteia, and Denise Gough, for her role in People, Places and Things.
The winners will be announced on Sunday November 22 at the Old Vic theatre. Rob Brydon is set to host the awards ceremony, with Sir Ian McKellen, who has won the Best Actor award twice, and six-time Evening Standard award-winner Dame Judi Dench.
Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright
Molly Davies, God Bless The Child, Royal Court Upstairs
Alistair McDowall, Pomona, Orange Tree Theatre & National Theatre’s Temporary Space
Diana Nneka Atuona, Liberian Girl, Royal Court Upstairs (Peckham & Tottenham pop-up venues)
Emerging Talent Award in Partnership with Burberry