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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 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)
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead Michonne
(2012-2018)

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 2018 Black Panther (completed)
Okoye
 2012-2018 The Walking Dead (TV Series)
Michonne
- Episode #8.10 (2018) ... 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
 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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Play: Eclipsed (playwright). First produced at the Woolly Mammoth Theater (Washington, D.C.), directed by Liesl Tommy, featuring Jessica Frances Dukes, Dawn Ursula, Uzo Aduba, Ayesha Ngaujah, and Liz Femi Wilson. See more »

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Height:

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 »

Trivia:

When Gurira's play "Eclipsed" was produced at the Yale Repertory Theater in 2009, the lead role of "the Girl" was performed by actress Adepero Oduye and understudied by then-Yale Drama School student Lupita Nyong'o. A few years later, Oduye and Nyong'o both acted in the film 12 Years a Slave, and Nyong'o won an Oscar for that performance. When the same play was produced at New York's Public ... See more »

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