Gugu Mbatha-Raw Biography: Age, Husband, Movies & Net Worth


Gugu Mbatha-Raw (born 21 April 1983) is an English actress well-known for playing the role of Tish Jones on British science-fiction sitcom, “Doctor Who”.

She was born Gugulethu “Gugu” Sophia Mbatha-Raw in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, to a South African doctor and an English nurse.

She played as Kelly in Black Mirror, Dido Elizabeth Belle in Belle, Noni Jean in Beyond the Lights, and Plumette in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Age

She was born on the 21st of April 1983 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She is 41 years old as of 2024 and celebrates her birthday on April 21st every year.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Parents

Her parents are Patrick Mbatha and Anne Raw. Patrick Mbatha is a South African doctor while her mother, Anne is an English nurse. Gugu’s parents separated when she was just one year old.

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She was therefore raised by her mother in Witney, Oxfordshire. The separation did not affect the relationship of Patrick and Sophia since the two are still close till date.


Gugulethu developed interest in acting, dance, and musical theatre from a tender age. She attended the Henry Box School and joined a local acting group known as Dramascope when she was eleven years old.

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She managed to make appearances every year in the pantomime at Oxford Playhouse. When she became a teenager, Sophia joined the Oxford Youth Music Theatre.

Sophia also took dance lessons at the Judy Tompsett School of Dance. Later on, in 2001, the gorgeous dancer joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art located in London after she won a scholarship.

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2004, Sophia managed to make multiple appearances in all media.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Husband

She prefers to keep her personal life private hence information about her dating life is not available.


In 2004, she made her television debut, playing Collette Hill in one episode of the BBC One medical drama TV series “Holby City”.

Her first leading role in a television series came in 2011 when she was cast as Clea Hopkins on the Fox television series Touch opposite Kiefer Sutherland.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw made her acting debut in the 2007 film, “Straightheads”, where she played a minor role as  Young PA.

In 2013, she starred in Amma Asante’s “Belle”, a British drama film, playing the eponymous historical character, Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as a gentlewoman in her paternal uncle Chief Justice Mansfield’s household in 18th-century England.

It was her first breakthrough role for which she received a British Independent Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film.

Net Worth

The actress has an estimated net worth of 500 thousand dollars to 1 million dollars.


  • Beyond the Lights – 2014
  • Belle – 2013
  • Fast Color – 2018
  • A Wrinkle in Time – 
  • The Cloverfield Paradox –
  • Free State of Jones – 2016
  • Beauty and the Beast – 2017
  • Miss Sloane – 2016
  • Irreplaceable You – 2018
  • Concussion – 2015
  • Motherless Brooklyn – 2019
  • The Whole Truth – 2016
  • Larry Crowne – 2011
  • Jupiter Ascending – 2015
  • Farming – 2018
  • Misbehaviour Odd Thomas – 2013
  • Come Away Straightheads – 2007
  • Walk Away and I Stumble All My Dreams on VHS Dead Clever – 2007
  • Summerland Born Equal – 2006
  • Act of God – 2009
  • Fallout – 2008
  • Black Mirror: San Junipero & Nosedive – 2016

Television Roles

  • Doctor Who (2005) – Season 3 (Tish Jones)
  • Spooks – Season 5 (Jenny)
  • The Primetime Emmy Awards – Season 62 (Herself)
  • Touch – Season 1 (Clea Hopkins(
  • Undercovers – Season 1 (Samantha Bloom)




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