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News: Gugu is up for BAFTA Rising Star Award

07 January 2015
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The winner will be announced at the Bafta Film Awards on 8 February.

The award, which is decided by a public vote, is not just for newcomers and can go to actors who have already appeared in a number of films.

Mbatha-Raw, whose fact-based role in Belle saw her play a Caribbean slave’s daughter raised as an aristocrat in 18th Century England, said she was “delighted… to be recognized for a growing body of work”. [more at source]

News: Gugu joins the cast of “Free State of Jones”

07 January 2015
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Based on a true story, “Free State of Jones” will star McConaughey as Newton Knight and Mbatha-Raw as Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life and in his armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Mbatha-Raw is poised for stardom on the heels of back-to-back critical hits “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights,” both of which were directed by women. The British actress will soon be seen in the Wachowski’s sci-fi movie “Jupiter Ascending” and the Keanu Reeves courtroom drama “The Whole Truth,” and she’s currently filming Sony’s Untitled NFL Concussion Drama with Will Smith.

Mbatha-Raw is represented by CAA, Curtis Brown Group and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. [more at source]

News: 10 Most Fashionable Movie Moments in 2014

24 December 2014
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From corsets to ball gowns, the period drama “Belle” features an array of stunning styles boasting 18th century flair.

Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the title role, her character, Dido — the biracial daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral and a slave — dons a number of pieces throughout the flick, including sheaths in warm shades of pink and fuchsia. [source]