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Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Birthday: 21 April 1983, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Birth Name: Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha
Height: 163 cm

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian ...Show more

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
[on cooking] I don't really have one dish. I'm a very improvisational cook. I sort of like to make t Show more [on cooking] I don't really have one dish. I'm a very improvisational cook. I sort of like to make things up as I go along. I'm quite creative in the kitchen. Hide
It is important to be conscious of the message that you're putting out there. It takes a lot of bloo Show more It is important to be conscious of the message that you're putting out there. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get a movie to the screen. I do feel a certain element of responsibility to say something worth saying with it, as well as entertainment. Hide
I always get a little bit scared reading reviews. I always get a little bit scared reading reviews.
I was always the one leading the way in terms of wanting to do acting, singing and dancing. I was always the one leading the way in terms of wanting to do acting, singing and dancing.
I'm interested in playing lots of different complex women. I'm interested in playing lots of different complex women.
Because I had grown up with Jane Austen novels and period dramas, I was very familiar with that peri Show more Because I had grown up with Jane Austen novels and period dramas, I was very familiar with that period and that world. Hide
Don't worry about society's conditioning and the labels that are put on you by external forces. Hold Show more Don't worry about society's conditioning and the labels that are put on you by external forces. Hold onto your true self. Hide
At home, I wear my own clothes, no makeup and don't do anything exciting with my hair. I get to borr Show more At home, I wear my own clothes, no makeup and don't do anything exciting with my hair. I get to borrow pretty dresses for the red carpet, and have experts do my hair and makeup. Hide
As a biracial girl growing up in England, I'd never really seen any historical characters who looked Show more As a biracial girl growing up in England, I'd never really seen any historical characters who looked like me depicted on film before that weren't being brutalized or playing slaves. Hide
I like being free to take on any project that inspires me and to trust that the work will speak for Show more I like being free to take on any project that inspires me and to trust that the work will speak for itself. Hide
I try to put myself into whatever character I play. As an actress, I'm an emotional person. I try to put myself into whatever character I play. As an actress, I'm an emotional person.
From the age of four, I loved ballet and tap. I was in the school band, the choir, and all my school Show more From the age of four, I loved ballet and tap. I was in the school band, the choir, and all my school plays. Hide
Different fragrances promote different emotions, and I find that fragrance gets me in the frame of m Show more Different fragrances promote different emotions, and I find that fragrance gets me in the frame of mind for that person. Hide
It's not often that you get a chance in one role to do the glamour bit and then strip off all the ma Show more It's not often that you get a chance in one role to do the glamour bit and then strip off all the makeup and reveal the real person beneath the facade. Usually, it's either a glamorous role or a raw, emotional role. Hide
For me, it was all about working with an inspirational filmmaker. For me, it was all about working with an inspirational filmmaker.
I think, irrespective of your race, everybody has moments in life where they don't fit in, or where Show more I think, irrespective of your race, everybody has moments in life where they don't fit in, or where they try to puzzle through who they really are or to find the courage of their convictions. Hide
I think there are parts of myself in every character I play. I think there are parts of myself in every character I play.
I was lucky that my mother had a very well-adjusted perspective of the world, and never pressured me Show more I was lucky that my mother had a very well-adjusted perspective of the world, and never pressured me to do anything I didn't want to do. Hide
I try not to define myself. Other people are going to do that for you anyway. I try not to define myself. Other people are going to do that for you anyway.
For me, after emotionally intense roles, I'd need to take a step back because then there's the promo Show more For me, after emotionally intense roles, I'd need to take a step back because then there's the promoting of the film which is another job in itself. Hide
I enjoy classics, but classics are classics for a reason. I enjoy classics, but classics are classics for a reason.
But when you become a slave to a public persona and don't feel comfortable without it, it becomes a Show more But when you become a slave to a public persona and don't feel comfortable without it, it becomes a shield and it shouldn't come at the expense of your self-worth. Hide
I try not to limit myself. The actors that inspire me are the comedians and the people able to shape Show more I try not to limit myself. The actors that inspire me are the comedians and the people able to shape-shift into different roles and into different media. That ensures your longevity as an artist and prevents you from getting bored with yourself and, hopefully, prevents people from getting bored with you. Hide
Because of my job, my hair gets played with a lot on set, so I try to give it little bit of breathin Show more Because of my job, my hair gets played with a lot on set, so I try to give it little bit of breathing space when I'm not working. Hide
Gugu Mbatha-Raw's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (37)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Gugu Mbatha-Raw'S roles
Talia Francesco
Talia Francesco

Famulus
Famulus

Sophie
Sophie

Noni Jean
Noni Jean

Tish Jones
Tish Jones

Feather Duster
Feather Duster

Prema Mutiso
Prema Mutiso

Fidelity Saunders
Fidelity Saunders

Esme Manucharian
Esme Manucharian

Rachel
Rachel

Mrs. Murry
Mrs. Murry

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