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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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Known For

The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead Michonne
(2012-2018)
The Visitor
The Visitor Zainab
(2007)
Mother of George
Mother of George Adenike Balogun
(2013)
All Eyez on Me
All Eyez on Me Afeni Shakur
(2017)

Filmography

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 2012-2018 The Walking Dead (TV Series)
Michonne
- Episode #8.9 (2018) ... Michonne
- How It's Gotta Be (2017) ... Michonne
- Time for After (2017) ... Michonne
- The King, the Widow and Rick (2017) ... Michonne
- The Big Scary U (2017) ... Michonne (credit only)
 2017 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
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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Other Works:

Play: In the Continuum (playwright). First produced at Primary Stages (New York City), directed by Robert O'Hara, featuring Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

She was nominated for a 2007 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "In the Continuum", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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