Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an award-winning actor on the stage and screen. Her stage performances include “Hamlet” (2009) alongside Jude Law in the West End, “Elsinore” in Denmark and Broadway, and “Nell Gwynn” (2015), for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.In film, Mbatha-Raw starred in “Larry Crowne” (2011) alongside Tom Hanks, and the period drama “Belle” (2013), for which she won Best Actress at the 2014 BIFA Awards. She has also starred in “Concussion” (2015) alongside Will Smith; “The Whole Truth” (2016), starring Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger; “Miss Sloane” (2016) with Jessica Chastain; “Free State of Jones” with Matthew McConaughey; and “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) where she played the playful character of Plumette.In 2018, Mbatha-Raw starred in Disney’s ground-breaking blockbuster fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time” opposite Oprah Winfrey and Reece Witherspoon, while also appearing in the romantic tragicomedy “Cloverfield Paradox.” She can also be seen in Stephanie Laing’s “Irreplaceable You” (2018) on Netflix, where she starred as the lead character, Abbie. “Farming” (2018) is a story of the writer/director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s childhood.In March 2019 Mbatha-Raw starred as superhero Ruth in the supernatural thriller, “Fast Color.” In November 2019, she starred in “Motherless Brooklyn” alongside Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, and Willem Dafoe.She appeared alongside Angelina Jolie and Michael Cain in “Come Away” (2020), the prequel to Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. In the same year, Mbatha-Raw starred in the pageant comedy-drama “Misbehavior” alongside Kiera Knightly and Jessie Buckley. “Summerland” (2020) was directed by Jessica Swale and saw Mbatha-Raw starring alongside Gemma Arterton.Regarding television, in 2016 Mbatha-Raw starred in “San Junipero,” the only episode of the Netflix anthology series “Black Mirror” ever to offer a happy ending. In addition to several other accolades, “San Junipero” won two Primetime Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding TV Movie and the other for creator, Charlie Brooker, for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special.Mbatha-Raw starred in Apple TV’s award-winning drama series “Morning Show” (2019). In the summer of 2021, she featured in Marvel’s “Loki
” on Disney+ opposite Tom Hiddleston. She also starred as the lead role in HBO/BBC’s adaptation of JP Delaney’s best-selling psychological thriller “The Girl Before,” which aired to great acclaim in the UK in December 2021 and on HBO Max in the US in February 2022. 13Mbatha-Raw leads and exec-produces the Apple series “Surface,” a psychological drama series written by Veronica West for Apple TV, which Gugu will also co-produce alongside Hello Sunshine. The series was due to begin filming the second season but has halted in light of the SAG-AFTRA strike.She will next be seen as the female lead opposite Kevin Hart in the Netflix action thriller “Lift
” Rounding out the cast are Vincent D’Onofrio, Billy Magnussen, Úrsula Corberó
, Yun Jee Kim, Viveik Kalra, and Paul Anderson. F. Gary Gray will direct the pic, with Dan Kunka penning the script.Mbatha-Raw was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama.