Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a British-born actress, who is also trained at the RADA. She has starred in a variety of television programmes and theatre productions, notably her recurring roles in both Spooks and Doctor Who. More recently, Mbatha-Raw has appeared in the drama Fallout as part of the…more
Although her Doctor Who character Tish Jones was older than Martha Jones, Gugu is four years younger than Freema Agyeman, who played the latter role.
In July 2008 Gugu took part in Tiato Delights 2008 in London's Almeida Theatre.
Gugu was named 2008 UK Stars Of Tomorrow by Screen International.
In 2005 Gugu appeared as Juliet in Romeo And Juliet and in Anthony And Cleopatra for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
In 2007 Gugu recorded a podcast commentary for the Doctor Who episode The Sound Of Drums with co-star Freema Agyeman for the BBC website.
(On why she wanted to take part in Bonekickers)
Gugu Mbatha Raw: The originality appealed to me, and I was also moved by it. I love history, it's a subject of tremendous interest to me. I really enjoyed studying it and so to see it work in this way as a drama is great.
(On her character Viv Davis in Bonekickers)
Gugu Mbatha Raw: Viv develops by gradually becoming more accepted within the team. When she arrives, she's unsure of how to fit in with the team. She's observing a lot of the time because of her lack of confidence and knowledge. But she does eventually have her 'hero moments', and they help shape her place within the team.
(on her character Shanice in Fallout).
Gugu Mbatha Raw: I play Shanice, who is kind of the moral heart of a story about the aftermath of a teen stabbing in southeast London, and the group of teenagers involved in that. It's about the crime and the investigation, which is done by a policeman who grew up in the area and comes back to solve the case. And it's about how everyone's lives are affected by the murder. My character is stuck in the middle, a go-between who wants to do the right thing but is torn by a sense of loyalty.