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|Born||17 August 1977|
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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.
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 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 leading 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."
|2017||Deep Time Walk||The Scientist|
|2007||Sunshine||Icarus II (voice)|
|2009||In the Loop||Annabelle Hsin|
|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|
|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"|
|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|
|2017||Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice||Narrator|
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- "100 Women: Chipo Chung on identity, acting and activism". London: BBC. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
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- Battersby, Matilda (5 April 2015). "A.D's Mary Magdalene, Chipo Chung: Jesus was really advanced in his views on women". Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "15 actors who've appeared in 'Doctor Who' as different characters - Page 2 of 3". CultBox. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
- Mbiriyamveka, Jonathan (6 December 2017). "Chipo Chung charms M-Net viewing audiences in Absentia". Gem Nation. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
- Bell, Shavonne (April 2019). "(SPOILERS) Into the Badlands Q&A – Chipo Chung (The Master)" (Press release). AMC Network. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
- "S.A.F.E. Homepage". Safekenya.org. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- "Vote for hope and a decent future". The Guardian. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
- Proctor, Kate (3 December 2019). "Coogan and Klein lead cultural figures backing Corbyn and Labour". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 December 2019.