13 The Cloverfield Paradox
In the film "The Cloverfield Paradox" (2018), Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrays the character of Ava Hamilton. As a British scientist and engineer, Ava is a crew member on a space station conducting a dangerous experiment. When unexpected consequences arise, she must navigate the escalating threats and mysteries that emerge. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Ava showcases her talent, delivering a nuanced portrayal of a determined and resourceful character amidst the film's gripping and suspenseful storyline.
12 Larry Crowne
Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrays the character of Talia in the 2011 film "Larry Crowne." Directed by Tom Hanks, the film follows the story of Larry Crowne (played by Tom Hanks) as he reinvents his life by returning to college. Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character, Talia, is a fellow student who befriends Larry and helps him navigate his new academic journey. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Talia brings warmth, charm, and a supportive presence to the film, adding to its uplifting and heartwarming nature.
11 The Whole Truth
Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrays the character of Janelle Brady in the 2016 film "The Whole Truth." The film is a courtroom drama that follows the defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) as he fights to uncover the truth behind a high-profile murder case. Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character, Janelle Brady, is an associate of Ramsay who assists him in the case. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Janelle brings intelligence, determination, and a compelling presence to the film, contributing to its suspenseful narrative.
In the film, Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character, Jennifer Hosten, is a contestant in the Miss World pageant representing Grenada. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Jennifer Hosten brings depth and humanity to the character, depicting her journey within the competition and her personal growth.
9 Irreplaceable You
Gugu Mbatha-Raw did portray the character of Abbie in the 2018 film "Irreplaceable You." It is a romantic comedy-drama that follows the story of Abbie and Sam, a couple who have been together since childhood. When Abbie is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she sets out on a mission to find a new partner for Sam before she passes away. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Abbie brings depth, emotion, and vulnerability to the character, contributing to the film's poignant exploration of love and loss.
8 Beyond the Lights
In the film, Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character, Noni Jean, is a talented singer who faces the challenges of maintaining her true identity amidst the demands of the music industry. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Noni is powerful and emotionally resonant, portraying the character's journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
7 Motherless Brooklyn
In the film, Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrays the character of Laura Rose, a young activist and lawyer who becomes involved in the investigation of a murder. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Laura Rose brings intelligence, determination, and a sense of moral compass to the film.
6 Odd Thomas
In the film 'Odd Thomas,' Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character, Viola, is a love interest and confidante to the protagonist, Odd Thomas, played by Anton Yelchin. Viola is a kind-hearted and supportive character who becomes involved in Odd's investigation into a dangerous presence in their town.
5 Free State of Jones
In the film 'Free State of Jones,' Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character, Rachel, is a former slave who seeks refuge and becomes involved with Newton Knight's rebellion. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Rachel brings strength, resilience, and humanity to the character, highlighting the struggles faced by enslaved individuals during that time period.
In the 'Summerland,' Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character, Vera, plays a significant role in the film as a love interest and source of support for Alice. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Vera brings warmth and depth to the character, contributing to the emotional resonance of the film.
In the film 'Concussion,' Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character, Prema Mutiso, is a Kenyan immigrant and love interest to Dr. Omalu. Mbatha-Raw's performance brings depth and emotional resonance to Prema's character, adding a human connection and personal dimension to the film's examination of the issue.
In the film 'Belle', Gugu Mbatha-Raw's portrayal of Dido Elizabeth Belle explores the complexities of her identity and the challenges she faces due to her mixed heritage. Mbatha-Raw's performance brings strength, grace, and vulnerability to the character, highlighting the societal pressures and racial dynamics of the time.
1 Miss Sloane
In the film 'Miss Sloane,' Gugu Mbatha-Raw's plays the character Esme Manucharian, is a key member of Elizabeth Sloane's team. Esme is a dedicated and principled lobbyist who becomes involved in a high-stakes battle against powerful interests in the political world. Mbatha-Raw's performance as Esme adds depth and moral integrity to the film, providing a crucial supporting role in the narrative.