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 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 directingBeyond the Lights, andThe Secret Life of Bees, and with husband Reggie Rock she is exec producing the 10-hour event seriesShots Firedfor Fox, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema. Mbatha-Raw most recently starred inConcussionandBelle, and she teamed with Prince-Bythewood onBeyond 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.
Sylvie Rabineau of RWSG, LMQ’s Maria Massie and attorney Lev Ginsburg rep the author, who previously wrote Bad Feminist.