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
Beyond the Lights star Gugu Mbatha-Raw and director Gina Prince-Bythewood are reteaming for An Untamed State, the adaptation of Roxane Gay's debut novel. The story follows a Haitian American woman who is kidnapped for ransom in front of her husband and child. It follows her captivity for 13 days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath. Prince-Bythewood previously directed by The Secret Life of Bees and Love & Basketball, while Mbatha-Raw previously starred in Concussion opposite Will Smith.
The novel tells the powerful, unflinching story of a Haitian-American woman kidnapped for ransom in front of her husband and child. The novel explores the privilege that made her a target and the strength she must draw on to survive and reclaim her life. Prince-Bythewood is best known for directing Beyond the Lights, and The Secret Life of Bees, and with husband Reggie Rock she is exec producing the 10-hour event series Shots Fired for Fox, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema. Mbatha-Raw most recently starred in Concussion and Belle, and she teamed with Prince-Bythewood on Beyond the Lights.
Prince-Bythewood, Mbatha-Raw and De Luca are represented by CAA; Prince-Bythewood is lawyered by Nina Shaw and Gordon M. Bobb at Del, Shaw, Moonves; Mbatha-Raw is managed by Authentic Talent and Literary and also repped by UK-based Curtis Brown Group.