Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha

Does she like playing little sisters?
Gugu Mbatha-Raw first came to the attention of American genre audiences as Martha Jones' (fellow Femme Fantastique Freema Agyeman) younger sibling Tish on Doctor Who.
And, when JJ Abrams cast his recent series UnderCovers, Gugu auditioned for the role of Samantha Bloom's kid sister Lizzy!
Apparently, Abrams thought "Kid sister? The hell with that! She's the LEAD!"
Wise man, that JJ!
She was the best thing about the show!  ;-)
Besides doing a lot of genre tv (see below), this graduate of the acclaimed Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts performed to rave reviews both on the London stage and Broadway including Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Ophelia in Hamlet (which went from the West End to Broadway)!
A Fantastic Femme to watch, which we can now do on the new Fox series Touch!
Genre credits include...
Touch (Clea Hopkins)
Odd Thomas (Viola)
UnderCovers (Samantha Bloom)
BoneKickers (Viv Davis)
Bad Girls (Fidelity Saunders)
Trial & Retribution (Jenny Miller)
Disarming Britain: FallOut (Shanice Roberts)
Doctor Who (Letitia "Tish" Jones)
Spooks aka MI-5 (Jenny)

Check out...
GuguMbatha-Raw Online (FanSite)
Profile at RADA (via Wayback Machine)
Profile on the Undercovers page at NBC

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