February 14, 1978
43 years old
U.S. - Zimbabwe
5 ft 5 in | 170 cm
35-25-36 in | 89-64-91 cm
56 kg | 117 lbs
8 US | 38.5 EU
Danai Jekesai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, United States, on February 14, 1978, is a Zimbabwean-American actress.
Young Danai Gurira first started performing and playwriting during her years in Liberia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
She won the Obie Award, a Outer Critics Circle Award and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress for a play "In the Continuum" (2005), which she co-wrote and starred in role as Abigail.
She landed her Broadway acting debut in a play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" (2009) in role as Martha Pentecost, at the Belasco Theatre.
She wrote play "Eclipsed" (2009) for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, and won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Play (2016).
She made her big screen debut in drama film The Visitor (2007) in role as Zainab.
She got her television debut in ABC police procedural drama series Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2004) in episode "Inert Dwarf", in role as Marei Rosa Rumbidzai.
Her breakthrough performance came as Michonne in AMC post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead (2012– ).
Avengers: Endgame (2019) superhero in role as Okoye
She played Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Black Panther (2018) for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
She won the Black Reel Award for Best Actress for her role as Adenike Olumide Balogun in drama film Mother of George (2013).
Ghost Town (2008) fantasy comedy opposite Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni and Kristen Wiig
My Soul to Take (2010) slasher with Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker and Raul Esparza
Restless City (2011) drama opposite Sy Alassane, Sky Nicole Grey and Tony Okungbowa
All Eyez on Me (2017) biographical drama with Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham and Lauren Cohan
She won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role as Michonne in AMC post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead (2012– ).
She had recurring role as Jill in HBO drama television series Treme (2010-2011).
Attended the Dominican Convent High School, in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Graduated from the Macalester College (2001) with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, with a Master of Fine Arts in acting.
Has two older sisters, Shingai and Choni and one older brother, Tare.
Has Zimbabwean ancestry.
She played Isabella in a play "Measure for Measure" (2011) at the Delacorte Theater.
She wrote play "Familiar" (2015).
She co-founded Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts Collaborative Organization, Almasi Arts in 2011.
Launched her non-profit organization "Love Our Girls" in 2016.
Speaks four languages: French, Shona, basic Xhosa and English.
She voiced Fury in animated fantasy film Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015).
Big fan of personal trainer Jillian Michaels.
Lives in Los Angeles, California and in New York City.
She dated actor Norman Reedus (2015).