Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira Biography

Danai Jekesai Gurira (born February 14, 1978) is a Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright. She is best known for her role as Michonne on the AMC drama series The Walking Dead.

Early life

Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, to parents from Zimbabwe. She has an older brother who is a chiropractor and two sisters, while her mother is a university librarian and her father was a chemistry teacher. She graduated from Grinnell High School and went onto Macalester College. She earned her MFA at the New York University.


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.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Visitor Zainab Method Fest Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
2008 Ghost Town Assorted ghost
2010 3 Backyards Woman in Blue Dress
2010 My Soul to Take Jeanne-Baptiste
2011 Restless City Sisi
2013 Mother of George Adenike Olumide Balogen Closing Night selection of Maryland Film Festival 2013
2013 Lives of the Saints Angela In-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Marei Rosa Rumbidzai 1 episode
2009 Life on Mars Angela 1 episode
2009 Law & Order Courtney Owens 1 episode
2010 American Experience Sarah Steward 1 episode
2010 Lie to Me Michelle Russo 1 episode
2010"2011 Treme Jill 6 episodes
2012"present The Walking Dead Michonne Season 3-present (series regular)
Satellite Award for Best Cast " Television Series (2012)


Year Title Role Notes
2005 In the Continuum Unknown Writer
Obie Award
Outer Critics Circle Award
Helen Hayes Award
John Gassner Award
2009 Joe Turner's Come and Gone Martha Pentecost
2011 Measure for Measure Isabella
2012 The Convert Unknown Writer
Nominated Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Writing

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