Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Samantha Bloom, wife of Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe) and one of the best operatives the CIA has known in NBC's spy drama Undercovers.
Born in Oxford in the United Kingdom, Mbatha-Raw was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Having studied Shakespeare, her first professional role was in an Open Air production of "As you Like It," playing the role of Celia. This was followed by roles at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre in "Antony and Cleopatra," and the title role of Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet," for which she was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actress in 2005.
Her British television credits include "M15," "Dr. Who," "Marple: Ordeal By Innocence," "Bonekickers," and "Fallout." It was this latter role that led to her being selected as a Star of Tomorrow 2008 by industry magazine Screen International.
Other stage credits include the critically acclaimed "Big White Fog" at the Almeida Theatre, and "Gethsemane," a production at the National Theatre that later toured the U.K. Mbatha-Raw made her West End debut as Ophelia in "Hamlet" opposite Jude Law, a production that transferred to New York's Broadhurst Theatre for a limited run and became a hit on Broadway in 2009.
She's currently shooting her first feature film "Larry Crowne" in Los Angeles, directed by Tom Hanks and co-starring Julia Roberts. She currently divides her time between London and Los Angeles.
Samantha Bloom co-owns and runs a small catering company based in Los Angeles. Her tenacity, knife skills, and exacting standards make her the iron fist of this family business. When you add in her extensive repertoire of foreign languages, aptitude for picking locks, and ability to seduce any bad guy, you understand why secretly, Sam was one of the best spies the CIA has ever known. Coming out of five years of retirement, Sam and her husband Steven are back, keeping the world safe from the most dangerous villains… and they're also available for bar mitzvahs and weddings.