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
Lesley Barber has been tapped to score the upcoming romantic drama Irreplaceable You. The film marks the feature directorial debut of producer Stephanie Laing (Veep, Vice Principals) and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Christopher Walken, Steve Coogan, Jacki Weaver, Timothy Simons, Claire Holt, Alanna Masterson, Merritt Weaver, Erin Richards and Brian Tyree Henry. The movie focuses on Abbie and Sam, soulmates since the age of 8, who were destined to be together forever until death got in the way. Bess Wohl wrote the screenplay. Jonathan Tropper (Banshee, This Is Where I Leave You) and Farah Abushwesha are producing the project. Irreplaceable You is currently in post-production and is expected to be released later this year.