Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a British actress. She has worked in many British television shows and movies. Her first role was in Doctor Who, and later she appeared in Larry Crowne, Undercovers, and Touch. Mbatha-Raw’s career has taken her all over the world.
In 2017, Mbatha-Raw was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to drama. She was also named a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR in February 2021. She studied at Oxfordshire’s Henry Box School. Her first name, Gugu, is a contraction of the Zulu word igugu lethu, which means “our pride”.
At a young age, Mbatha-Raw began to show interest in acting and dance. She participated in the National Youth Theatre. She later went to the Marsh Tompsett School of Dance. After completing her studies, she moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She also began working at the London Eye, where she learned about the world of the stage.