Her name is pronounced "Goo-Goo mBAH-tah Raw". Her birth name, "Gugulethu", is a contraction of "igugu lethu", that means "Our Pride" in Zulu.
Attended the Henry Box School and participated at the National Youth Theatre, having been interested in drama, dance, and musical theatre from a young age.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England.
Was one of the eight women honored at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards for their creative contributions to the world of film.
On July 1, 2011, she was named one of 42 Brits to Watch by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance as the title role in the play "Nell Gwynn" (2015).
Shared the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's 2016 Hollywood issue with, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong'o, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and Saoirse Ronan. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
Ranked as having one of the "Most Beautiful Famous Faces" by TC Candler's list of the "100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World" for three consecutive years. She was ranked #33 in 2016, #22 in 2015 and #15 in 2014.
She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama. She is an actress in Oxfordshire, England.