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
Saniyya Sidney and Christopher Denham have signed on to drama thriller Fast Coloropposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The pic is directed by Julia Hart and produced by La La Land Oscar nominee Jordan Horowitz under his Original Headquarters banner and LD Entertainment Jackie producers Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon. Filming is underway in New Mexico.In Fast Color, Mbatha-Raw plays Ruth, a woman who is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Now, years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Toussaint will play Bo, Ruth’s mother. Strathairn is Ellis, the sheriff of the small town where Ruth grew up. Sidney stars as Lila, Ruth’s daughter, while Denham will portray Bill, leader of the rogue government organization determined to capture Ruth.
Toussaint is a SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award winner and NAACP Image Award nominee for her turn as inmate Vee on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. She also appeared in Selma and is starring in the second season of Fox’s Rosewood. She is repped by Innovative Artists, Frontline Management and attorney Nina Shaw.
Strathairn won a Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFA and Indie Spirit noms for his turn as Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. He next will be seen in the AMC/BBC drama McMafia. Strathairn is repped by ICM Partners and Ryan Entertainment.
Sidney most recently was seen in Denzel Washington’s Fences playing Raynell and in Ted Melfi’s Hidden Figures, which won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble. She’ll next be seen inKevin Hart’s Guide to Black History. She is represented by Abrams Artists and LA Management.
Denham stars on Showtime’s Billions and has been seen in such pics as Money Monster, Shutter Island, Duplicity and Argo. Heis with UTA and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
CAA represents domestic distribution rights to Fast Color.