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
Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood reveals her love for the music industry and actor Judy Garland alongside real-life fascinations that influenced the making of her film, Beyond the Lights (2014). Prince-Bythewood is joined by actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who powerfully embodies R&B singer Noni singing songs with her own lyrics, to talk about their creative journey to host Rian Johnson.