Gurira at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International
|Born||Danai Jekesai Gurira
February 14, 1978
Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa and was raised there until December 1983, when she moved with her family to Harare, Zimbabwe. She has an older brother who is a chiropractor and two older sisters, while her mother is a university librarian and her father is a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. She returned to the United States at age 19 to study at Macalester College. She earned her MFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
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.
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.
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.
|2007||The Visitor||Zainab||Method Fest Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - 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|
|My Soul to Take||Jeanne-Baptiste|
|2013||Mother of George||Adenike Olumide Balogun||Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated - American Black Film Festival - Best Actress
|2004||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Marei Rosa Rumbidzai||Episode: "Inert Dwarf"|
|2009||Life on Mars||Angela||Episode: "The Simple Secret of the Note in Us All"|
|Law & Order||Courtney Owens||Episode: "Fed"|
|2010||American Experience||Sarah Steward||Episode: "Dolley Madison"|
|Lie to Me||Michelle Russo||Episode: "Exposed"|
|2012–present||The Walking Dead||Michonne||26 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
|2005||In the Continuum||Unknown||Writer
Outer Critics Circle Award
Helen Hayes Award
John Gassner Award
|2009||Joe Turner's Come and Gone||Martha Pentecost|
|2011||Measure for Measure||Isabella|
Nominated – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Writing
- American Theatre 30/7 (September 2013), p.70-71.
- McIntyre, Gina. "Walking Dead: Danai Gurira Doubles as Michonne and a Playwright". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- Danae Gurira - Biography
- Danai Gurira at Lortel Archives
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- Goldberg, Lesley (March 18, 2012). "'The Walking Dead' Casts Sword-Wielding Heroine Michonne". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- 'The Walking Dead': Exclusive first look at Danai Gurira as fan favorite Michonne, Entertainment Weekly, May 23, 2012
- 'The Walking Dead's' Danai Gurira Excited to Embody Badass Michonne, The Hollywood Reporter
- Mother of George | Sundance 2013 Review
- Sundance: 'Lovelace' is a porn biopic that gets under your skin, with a revelatory performance by Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace
- "Jean-Claude Gahd Dam". Spike. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- Donloe, Darlene. "The ‘Zamerican’ Danai Gurira Examines The Convert". LA Stage Times. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- "Danai Gurira". Starpulse.com. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- Theater review: 'The Convert' at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
- Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominees Announced (Full List)
- Danai Gurira at the Internet Movie Database
- Danai Gurira at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Danai Gurira at the Internet Broadway Database