Danai Gurira

Real Name : Danai Jekesai Gurira

Born: 14/02/1978 (44 yo)
Birth place: Grinnell, Iowa (USA)

Citizenship : USA, Other African, (Zimbabwe)
Ethnicity : Zimbabwean

Occupation : Actress
Active Years: 2004 to present


Danai Jekesai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright. She is best known for her role as Michonne on the AMC drama series The Walking Dead.


Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa and was raised there until December 1983, when she moved with her family to Harare, Zimbabwe. She has an older brother who is a chiropractor and two older sisters, while her mother is a university librarian and her father is a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. She returned to the United States at age 19 to study at Macalester College. She earned her MFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

In 2006, Gurira won an Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for writing, and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress for off-Broadway play In the Continuum. She starred in the 2007 film The Visitor, for which she won Method Fest Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in Ghost Town, 3 Backyards, My Soul to Take, and Restless City. She has guest starred in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Life on Mars, and Law & Order.

In 2009, Gurira debuted on Broadway in August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone. From 2010 to 2011, she appeared in the HBO drama series Treme. Gurira's play, In the Continuum, commemorated World AIDS Day in December 2011.

In March 2012, it was announced that she would join the cast of AMC's drama series The Walking Dead in the third season as Michonne. The same year, she received the Whiting Writers' Award.

Gurira played a lead role in the independent drama film Mother of George, which premiered at 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Gurira received critical acclaim for her performance in the movie. In June 2013, Gurira won the Jean-Claude Gahd Dam award at the 2013 Guys Choice Awards.

Personal life

Gurira is a Christian. In 2008, she appeared at the Global Green Sustainable Design Awards to read a letter written by a New Orleans native displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Gurira co-founded Almasi in 2011, an organization dedicated to continuing arts education in Zimbabwe.

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  • 2007      The Visitor (Method Fest Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress, Nominated - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast & Nominated – Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Cast)
  • 2008      Ghost Town        
  • 2010      3 Backyards       
  • 2010      My Soul to Take              
  • 2011      Restless City                     
  • 2013      Mother of George (Black Reel Award for Best Actress, Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance & Nominated - American Black Film Festival - Best Actress)



  • 2004      Law & Order: Criminal Intent  
  • 2009      Life on Mars  
  • 2009      Law & Order  
  • 2010      American Experience
  • 2010      Lie to Me
  • 2010–2011 Treme (6 episodes)
  • 2012–present The Walking Dead (26 episodes) - Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)


  • 2005      In the Continuum (Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Helen Hayes Award, John Gassner Award)
  • 2009      Joe Turner's Come and Gone                   
  • 2011      Measure for Measure 
  • 2012      The Convert (Nominated – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Writing)