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Chipo Chung
Born (1977-08-17) 17 August 1977 (age 46)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Occupation Actress

Chipo Tariro Chung (born 17 August 1977) is a Zimbabwean actress and activist based in London.

Early life and education

Chung was born as a refugee in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is of half-Zimbabwean of Mberengwa origin and half-Chinese descent. 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.

Chung was raised in Harare where she attended Dominican Convent High School and developed her acting with the mixed-race theater company Over the Edge. At eighteen, she moved to the United States where her mother Fay Chung was working for the United Nations. Fay Chung is an educationist and former minister of education in Zimbabwe. Her father is Rugare Gumbo from Mberengwa district Zimbabwe who was once a member of the ruling party in Zimbabwe.


Chung first studied directing at Yale University and then trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, graduating in 2003.

Her appearances include 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).

She has appeared twice 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, as well as 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. She appeared in the 2015 British TV series Fortitude as Trish Stoddart.

In 2015 she won the role of Mary Magdalene in the TV series, A.D. The Bible Continues. The show was hailed for its international and multi racial casting and opened to 11 million viewers in April 2015.

In 2017, Chung took on the role of Queen Dido in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Dido, Queen of Carthage by the playwright Christopher Marlowe. She also played Agent Whitman in Absentia and from 2017 to 2019 the Master on the TV series Into the Badlands.


Chung co-founded alongside founder Nick Reding the charity SAFE-Kenya 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).

In December 2019, along with 42 other cultural figures, Chung signed a letter endorsing the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership in the 2019 general election. The letter stated that "Labour's election manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few."


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Year Title Role Notes
2017 Deep Time Walk The Scientist


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Proof University Friend
2007 Sunshine Icarus II (voice)
2009 In the Loop Annabelle Hsin
2011 360 Editor
2012 Labalaba, He'll Return Atika Short film
2013 Red Zone Starling (voice) Short film
2014 Beyond Plain Sight Agnes Takahata Short film
2018 Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! African Troublesome Trucks, Various African Characters (voice) UK & US versions


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Absolute Power Miriam Episode: "History Man"
2007 Dalziel and Pascoe Layla Jadwin 2 episodes
2007–2008 Doctor Who Chantho, Fortune Teller Episodes "Utopia" & "Turn Left"
2007 Holby City Dr. Nicola Wood Episode: "Past Imperfect"
2008 The Last Enemy Lucy Fox 2 episodes
2009 Casualty Dan Dan Episode: "Who Do You Think You Are?"
2009 National Theatre Live Ismene Episode: "Phédre"
2010 Identity Michelle Fielding Episode: "Second Life"
2011 Camelot Vivian 8 episodes
2012 Sherlock Presenter Episode: "The Hounds of Baskerville"
2015 Fortitude Trish Stoddart 5 episodes
2015 A.D. The Bible Continues Mary Magdalene 12 episodes
2015 From Darkness Jemima Greer Episode: "Episode #1.2"
2016 Thirteen Alia Symes 3 episodes
2017 Absentia Agent Whitman 7 episodes
2017–2019 Into the Badlands The Master 14 episodes
2018 Thomas & Friends Hong-Mei, African Trucks UK/US voice
2021 Foundation Simulation Instructor 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Narrator

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