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Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa to parents from Zimbabwe, when her father was teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was 5, the family moved back to Zimbabwe. Gurira studied social psychology at Macalaster College, and received an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She is the co-author of the play, "In the ... See full bio »

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 2012-2016 The Walking Dead (TV Series)
- Episode #6.16 (2016) ... Michonne
- Episode #6.15 (2016) ... Michonne
- Episode #6.14 (2016) ... Michonne
- Episode #6.13 (2016) ... Michonne
- Episode #6.12 (2016) ... Michonne
 2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (Video)
Fury (voice)
 2010-2011 Treme (TV Series)
- Do Watcha Wanna (2011) ... Jill
- Slip Away (2011) ... Jill
- I'll Fly Away (2010) ... Jill
 2011 Restless City
 2010 My Soul to Take
 2010 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Michelle Russo
- Exposed (2010) ... Michelle Russo
 2010 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Sarah Steward
- Dolley Madison (2010) ... Sarah Steward
 2010 3 Backyards
Woman in Blue Dress
 2009 Law & Order (TV Series)
Courtney Owens
- Fed (2009) ... Courtney Owens
 2009 Life on Mars (TV Series)
 2008/I Ghost Town
Assorted Ghost
 2007/I The Visitor
 2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Marei Rosa Rumbidzai
- Inert Dwarf (2004) ... Marei Rosa Rumbidzai
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She acted in the play, "In the Continuum", by Danai with Nikkole Salter, at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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5' 7" (1.7 m)

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[on preparing to play a sword-wielding zombie slayer in 'the Walking Dead']I do have some dings on my apartment wall from tricks I was attempting at home. I don't advise that. See more »


When Gurira's play "Eclipsed" was produced at the Yale Repertory Theater in 2009, the lead role of "the Girl" was performed by actress Adepero Oduye and understudied by then-Yale Drama School student Lupita Nyong'o. A few years later, Oduye and Nyong'o both acted in the film 12 Years a Slave, and Nyong'o won an Oscar for that performance. When the same play was produced at New York's Public ... See more »

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