Chipo Chung Tariro is an activist and actress from Zimbabwe. She is famously known for playing the role of Mary Magdalene in the mini-series A.D The Bible Continues and Vivian in Camelot. She is the co-founder of the charity organization titled SAFE-Kenya.
Chipo Tariro has achieved a lot in matters of peace and equality. She is also recognized for her different roles on the big screen. Here is what you need to know about her age, height, nationality, parents, movies, and net worth.
Chipo Chung profile summary
- Full name: Chipo Tariro Chung
- Date of birth: 17th August 1977
- Place of birth: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Chipo Chung age: 42 years
- Nationality: Zimbabwean
- Ethnicity: Mixed-race
- Chipo Chung height: 5 feet 9 inches
- Weight: 78 kg
- Chipo Chung parents: Fay Chung and Rugare Gumbo
- Marital status: Single
- Profession: Actress, activist
- Net worth: $10 million
Chipo was born on 17th August 1977 in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. She spent two years of her childhood in a refugee camp to escape and survive the Rhodesian war that was taking place at that period. Chipo is half-Zimbabwean and half-Chinese. Chipo Chung nationality is Zimbabwean.
She was brought up in Harare. Chipo Chung education began after joining the Dominican Convent High School. Later on, she relocated to the United States of America at the age of 18, with her mother, Fay Chung. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and graduated in 2003.
She also has a double major in Fine Arts and Theatre Studies from Yale University.
Chipo Chung is the daughter of Rugare Gumbo (father) and Fay Chung (mother). Fay Chung worked for the United Nations while Rugare Gumbo, Chipo Chung father, was a member of the ruling party in Zimbabwe.
Chipo kick-started her career by performing for several political theatre productions such as Talking to Terrorists for the Royal Court Theatre, The Overwhelming, Fallujah, Phedre for Royal National Theatre, and Epidavros.
Chipo Chung Dr Who two-time appearance marked another significant milestone for her as an actress. She starred as the master's assistant Chantho in one episode and the fortune teller in another.
Her debut album in the film is credited in Danny Boyle's Sunshine as the voice of Icarus. Shortly after, she appeared in In the Loop and Proof. Apart from these appearances, Chipo Chung has played other roles.
- 2003 - Miriam in Absolute Power
- 2007 - Layla Jawdin in Dalziel and Pascoe
- 2007 to 2008 - Chantho, Fortune Teller in Doctor Who
- 2007 - Dr Nicola Wood in Holby City
- 2008 - Lucy Fox in The Last Enemy
- 2009 - Dan Dan in Casualty
- 2009 - Ismene in the National Theatre Live
- 2011 - Michelle Fielding in Identity
- 2011 - Vivian in Camelot
- 2012 - As the presenter in Sherlock
- 2015 - As Trish Stoddart in Fortitude
- 2015 - As Mary Magdalene in A.D The Bible Continues
- 2015 - Jemima Greer in From Darkness
- 2016 - As Alias Symes in Thirteen
- 2017 to 2019 - As the Master in Into the Badlands
- 2017 - As Agent Whiteman in Absentia
- 2018 - As Hong-Mei, African Trucks in Thomas and Friends
- 2019 - As Maria Meng in Chimerica
Chipo Chung movies
- 2005 - The university friend in Proof
- 2007 - The voices Icarus II in Sunshine
- 2009 - As Annabelle Hsin in In the Loop
- 2011 - As the editor in 360
- 2012 - As Atika in Labalaba, He'll Return
- 2013 - As the starling voice in Red Zone
- 2014 - As Agnes Takahata in Beyond Plain Sight
- 2018 - As the voice of African Troublesome Trucks, and various African characters in Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!
- 2019 - As Ali in Moving On
- 2017 - As the Scientist in Deep Time Walk
- 2017 - As the narrator in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
- 2018 - As the voice in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Chipo is involved in several activisms works. She co-founded the charitable organization named SAFE-Kenya together with Nick Reding. Some of the works done by SAFE-Kenya include developing theatre for social change in the country, abolishing clitoridectomy, and focusing on HIV/AIDS education. At the moment, Chung sits on the organization's Board of Trustees.
Chipo also works with Peace Direct charitable organization in support of Envision Zimbabwe. She also sits on the RADA Council and British Equity’s International Committee for Artist’s Freedom (ICAF).
In December 2019, Chipo and other 42 leading cultural figures signed a letter to endorse the Labor Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn in the 2019 general election. This is what the endorsement letter stated:
Labor’s election manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership offers a transformative plan that prioritizes the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few.
The successful Zimbabwean actress and activist has earned quite a hefty amount from her acting career. At the moment, her net worth is estimated to be $10 million.
Chipo Chung IMDb statistics indicate that her feature in the 2005 movie Proof played a huge role in raising her net worth. For its opening week, Proof grossed a total of $193, 840 and a box collection of $14, 189,860. The production cost for the film was over $6 million.
The renowned actress is active on various social media platforms, which she mostly uses for her activism works and updating her fans on her current films and television shows. Here are the links to her official accounts:
Chipo Chung is not just an ordinary actress and activist. She has managed to put her tumultuous life as a refugee behind and is already making changes in the lives of others.