Danai Gurira


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Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, to Josephine and Roger Gurira, who were from Zimbabwe. Her father was then teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was five, the family moved back to Zimbabwe, residing in the capital Harare. Gurira later returned to the United States, and studied social psychology at Macalester College, receiving ... See full bio »

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(2018)
The Visitor Zainab
(2007)
(2019)

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  Untitled Wakanda Project (TV Series) (announced)
Okoye
- Episode #1.1 ... Okoye
 2021 Pandemica (TV Mini Series) (voice)
 2021 What If...? (TV Series)
Okoye
- What If... Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark? (2021) ... Okoye (voice)
- What If... Zombies?! (2021) ... Okoye (voice)
- What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord? (2021) ... Okoye (voice)
 2012-2020 The Walking Dead (TV Series)
Michonne
- What We Become (2020) ... Michonne
- Walk with Us (2020) ... Michonne (credit only)
- Morning Star (2020) ... Michonne (credit only)
- Stalker (2020) ... Michonne (credit only)
- Squeeze (2020) ... Michonne (credit only)
 2019 Avengers: Endgame
Okoye
 2018 Avengers: Infinity War
Okoye
 2018 Black Panther
Okoye
 2017 Robot Chicken (TV Series short)
Michonne
 2017 All Eyez on Me
Afeni Shakur
 2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (Video)
Fury (voice)
 2013 Mother of George
Adenike Balogun
 2010-2011 Treme (TV Series)
Jill
- Do Watcha Wanna (2011) ... Jill
- Slip Away (2011) ... Jill
- Accentuate the Positive (2011) ... Jill
- I'll Fly Away (2010) ... Jill
 2011 Restless City
Sisi
 2010 My Soul to Take
Jeanne-Baptiste
 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)
Angela
 2008/I Ghost Town
Assorted Ghost
 2007/I The Visitor
Zainab
 2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Marei Rosa Rumbidzai
- Inert Dwarf (2004) ... Marei Rosa Rumbidzai
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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 designer. Daniel Ostling was ... See more »

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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)

Parents:

Gurira, Roger | Gurira, Josephine

Relatives:

Gurira, Shingai (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on trying to make her characters relatable to various types of audiences] I think that's a goal in all my plays honestly, to get into the personal, but to have a macro ramification, or to look at things that people can look at as a statistic or stereotype in one way, and to make them have to spend time with a person that they may even end up relating to a little in some strange, tiny way, to see... See more »

Trivia:

She was awarded the 2013 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Playwriting 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 »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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