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
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in 2014’s Beyond the Lights, is joining the high-profile cast of Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time in a key role.
Ava DuVernay is directing the project, which has a script by Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are the A-listers surrounding rising actress Storm Reid, who is leading the cast of the studio’s take on Madeleine L’Engle’s children’s book.
The Newbery Medal-winning book centers on Meg Murry (Reid), a young girl traumatized by the disappearance of her scientist father years before. She finds herself on an interplanetary journey with a schoolmate and her younger brother to find her father. They are aided by a trio of supernatural beings, Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Winfrey).
In a nod to modern America, the studio has made the family mixed-race. Mbatha-Raw will play the mother, made anxious over losing her husband. (The search for the actor to play the father, who will be white, is still underway.)
A late fall shoot beginning in Atlanta is being prepped.
Mbatha-Raw is finding herself in demand this year. She worked with Disney earlier in 2016 on its live-action reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, which will bow in March, and recently wrapped the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller God Particle. The actress, who co-starred opposite Will Smith in Concussion, will next be seen with Jessica Chastain in EuropaCorp’s gun drama Miss Sloane.