|Born||1977 (age 36–37)
Chipo Chung was born as a refugee in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is half-Zimbabwean and half-Chinese. Her given name Chipo means "gift" in the Shona language. She spent her first two years in refugee camps in Mozambique with thousands of young people who were escaping the war in then-Rhodesia. Her mother is Fay Chung. Her father is Rugare Gumbo, a long time member of the Zimbabwean government.
Chipo was raised in Harare where she attended Dominican Convent High School and developed her acting with the mixed-race theatre company Over the Edge. At eighteen, she moved to the United States where her mother Fay Chung was working for the United Nations. She studied at Yale University and graduated cum laude with a double major in Theatre Studies and Fine Art.
Chipo trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and graduated in 2003. Her repertoire includes political theatre: Talking to Terrorists (Royal Court Theatre), The Overwhelming (Royal National Theatre) and Fallujah (in which she played Condoleezza Rice), as well as classical plays such as Phedre, in which she performed with Helen Mirren (Royal National Theatre), and Epidavros.
She is known in science fiction circles for her work in Doctor Who, in one episode playing the Master's assistant Chantho, and in another, a character called the Fortune Teller. Her first film credit was as the voice of Icarus II in Danny Boyle's Sunshine, followed by appearances in In the Loop and Proof. Other television appearances include the drama The Last Enemy and as a reporter in the Sherlock second series episode "The Hounds of Baskerville".
In 2011 she had a recurring role as Vivian, an indentured servant at King Uther's court who then works as an attendant and messenger for Morgan, half-sister of King Arthur, in the medieval romance drama series Camelot.
Chipo founded the UK-based charity 'Sponsored Arts For Education' (SAFE) which develops theatre for social change in Kenya, focusing on HIV education and abolishing clitoridectomy, and currently sits on its Board of Trustees. She works closely with the charity Peace Direct in support of 'Envision Zimbabwe', a women's trust that works towards consensus-building and peace in Zimbabwe. She also sits on the RADA Council and British Equity's International Committee for Artists' Freedom (ICAF).
- Absolute Power (1 episode, 2003) as Miriam
- Proof (2005) as University Friend
- Sunshine (2007) as Icarus II (voice)
- Dalziel and Pascoe (2 episodes, 2007) as Layla Jadwin
- Doctor Who: Utopia (1 episode, 2007) as Chantho
- Holby City (1 episode, 2007) as Dr. Nicola Wood
- The Last Enemy (2 episodes, 2008) as Lucy Fox
- Doctor Who: Turn Left (1 episode, 2008) as Fortune Teller
- Doctor Who Confidential (2 episodes, 2007-2008) as Herself
- Casualty (1 episode, 2009) as Dan Dan
- National Theatre Live (1 episode, 2009) as Ismene
- Identity (1 episode, 2010) as Michelle Fielding
- In the Loop (2009) as Annabelle Hsin
- Camelot (8 episodes, 2011) as Vivian
- Sherlock (TV series) (Series 2, 2nd episode, 2012) as presenter
- Chipo Chung at the Internet Movie Database
- Chipo Chung member page at the National Theatre
- RADA Profile