Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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Mbatha-Raw in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha

Place of Birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 21 April, 1983

*Black South African (father)
*English (mother)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a British actress. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a doctor, originally from the Republic of South Africa. Her mother, Anne Raw, is an English nurse. Her father is black and her mother is white. Her name, Gugulethu, is a contraction of “igugu lethu,” which means “our treasure” in Zulu.

One of Gugu’s maternal grandparents had the surname Baldwin.


19 Responses

  1. comrade says:

    Her mother’s maiden name is Baldwin (not Raw) on Gugu’s birth record. Her parents separated when she was a year old and her mother remarried. I think Raw is her mothers married name and Gugu’s step-father’s name.

  2. xoxo says:

    She’s not even that pretty, you all need your eyes checked. She is so bland and boring. Girls like her are a dime a dozen.

  3. Manila says:

    Some sources state that she was born on either 21 April or 30 June 1983. Please, verify her date of birth. Thanks.

  4. Princess says:

    Average looking woman.

  5. WTF says:

    I knew she was mixed the moment I saw her. I guess us mixed chicks have a mixed girl radar or something. She could be the next Halle Berry but she’s way prettier.

    • Capricious says:

      I’m not mixed and I guessed her right the second I saw her. Lol…

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      I agree that Gugu Mbatha-Raw is very pretty, but let’s wait until she is 48 yrs old, then lets compare her to Halle.

    • cwm85 says:

      It’s usually not hard to tell if someone is mixed African and white… Light skin, curly hair and more European looking faces are dead give a ways. I’m tri-racial and most people after I tell them has said they could tell I was mixed because of my skin complexion and my softer facial features. It’s a certain, innocent looking look that we have, can’t explain it.

      • M says:

        Not at all the time. Tia and Tamera are biracial, they just look black to me. Same with Lauren London, I had no idea she was half white.

      • M says:

        I knew this chick (What a weird name though… Gugu?? Wtf???) was mixed though, she has a generic mulatto look. I don’t think she’s pretty at all, not saying she’s ugly either. She just looks so bland and boring, maybe she has a better personality.

      • Surreal says:

        “Light skin, curly hair and more European looking faces.”

        That’s not always the case. But it’s fairly easy to tell if someone is mixed.

      • midori29 says:

        @cwm85 depends upon what you call mixed because there are mixed dark skin people too. There are mixed people with very very black skin. Skin tone is the LEAST determinant of admixture. Most blacks and whites all over the world have been mixed with something. I do not consider people with two parents of the same race as mixed and there are light skinned blacks who are not mixed at all in Africa all over. Ethiopians and Somalians many have light skin and curly hair as well as some South and West African blacks. You can be black and look mixed. Its too complicated. You are taking a very narrow minded and uneducated view as to who is mixed. Again there are many many mixed folks with black very dark skin.
        Look at this guy Carlos he is only like 32% black African and his skin is dark.

        This woman is 73.6% West African (as stated there are light skin West Africans) and 82.7% Subsaharan African total including East Africa, she is very light skinned and she is BLACK.

        This woman is 84-85% black African by dna and her skin is light skinned and she has curly hair. You cannot judge by skin tone.

        *This site has some very racist and stereotypical people who need to educate themselves. IMHO.

    • Multiethnicchick says:

      I hope she at least identifies as mixed unlike the one drop rule toting Halle Berry

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