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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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The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead Michonne
The Visitor
The Visitor Zainab
Mother of George
Mother of George Adenike Balogun
Ghost Town
Ghost Town Assorted Ghost


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 2017 All Eyez on Me (completed)
Afeni Shakur
 2016 The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far (TV Movie)
 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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(April 17 to May 13, 2012) Her play, "The Convert," was performed in a co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre in a world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Zainab Jah, Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Pascale Armand in the cast. Emily Mann was director. Lap Chi Chu was lighting ... See more »

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5' 7" (1.7 m)

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I was a jock when I was a kid, so I've always wanted to physically live through a character - one of those really tough chicks. See more »


She was awarded the 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Writing for "The Convert," in a co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California. See more »

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