Gugu Mbatha-Raw Lands Female Lead on Undercovers

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In creating hits such as Alias, Lost and Fringe, J.J. Abrams has also made stars out of actresses such as Jennifer Garner, Evangeline Lilly and Annas Torv.

This is very good news for Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

The British actress has been cast as the female lead on Abrams' next series, the Mr. & Mrs. Smith-like Undercovers.

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As one half of a married spy couple, Mbatha-Raw will portray Samantha Bloom, the wife of Boris Kodjoe's Steven. Gerald McRaney is also on board as the pair's boss.

Mbatha-Raw, 27, is best known for her recurring role as Tish Jones in Doctor Who. More recently, she appeared opposite Jude Law in a Broadway production of Hamlet.

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