Danai Jekesai Gurira

Danai Jekesai Gurira


Grinnell, Iowa, USA

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Also Known As

Danai Zainab Gurira, Danai Gurira
  • Danai Gurira in The Walking Dead
  • Danai Gurira in The Walking Dead
  • Danai Gurira in The Walking Dead
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Danai Gurira is an actor in film and TV. She has worked on such productions as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Lie to Me, and Life on Mars.

Danai will be joining AMC's The Walking Dead as the character of Michonne in the fall of 2012.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Danai is a Christian by faith.

    • Danai is also a playwrite. She has written Eclipsed that was performed Off-Broadway. In addition, she has taught playwriting in Liberia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

    • Danai is represented by Suskin Management and Paradigm Agency.

    • Danai's Theater Credits:
      Joe Turner's Come and Gone
      In The Continuum
      Forbidden City
      God Brothers
      Sweet Mercy
      The Story
      King Baabu

    • Danai graduated fromMacalester College with a B.A. in Social Psychology (cum laude with honors)

    • Danai can speak English, basic French, Shona and basic Xhosa

    • Awards and Honors:
      1997 Zimbabwe Arts Festival- Best Actress in a Lead Role
      2004 Laura Pels Award
      2006 OBIE Award
      2006 John Gassner Outer Critics Award
      2008 Method Fest- Best Supporting Actor

    • Danai was given a Hodder Fellowship from theLewis Center for the Arts, Princeton for her creative writing ability.

  • Quotes

    • Danai: (on Zimbabwe) Zimbabweans are so smart and witty and able to weave together tons of situations and experiences into terminologies that are just utterly original. We had a higher literacy rate than the U.S. until 1995. So we're kind of a nerdy country, actually.

    • Danai: (on President Obama) It floored me how he has such an understanding of the African post-colonial experience. I was like, Oh my gosh, this is my president! I always used to say hybrids would rule the world, people who have an understanding of many cultures and can relate to them with ease. And then along came Obama.

    • Danai: (on her African and American sides) I think that really has defined my artistic voice. I suspect I am very specifically bicultural. The fact that I can not separate who I am as an African and who I am as an American, has melded me into who I am as a human being and consequently as an artist. I think I have been very effected not only by the absence of African female voices in the dramatic canon of work but also by the fact that I feel like the West doesn't really get much experience of African voices.

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  • A great addition to the cast

    I look forward to seeing more and more screen time. Michonne is well played and one of the more interesting characters i'd like to get to know more. I do hope she stays with crazy rick and company :)