Danai Gurira Biography
Danai Gurira is a famous Zimbabwean-American actress and celebrity who rose to fame for playing Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead and starring in Marvel’s Black Panther film series. She played Okoye in Black Panther’s first 2018 movie and the newly released Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Gurira’s other famous roles are in films and TV series like Restless City, Law & Order, Mother of George and Ghost Town among others.
Gurira was born and brought up in the northern suburbs of Grinnell, Iowa, USA. She grew up as the daughter of a college librarian and a tenured professor who moved from Zimbabwe and settled in the United States back in 1964. Danai is also the youngest child among her three siblings. She finished her high school education at the Dominican Convent High school. From there, Gurira joined Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She then received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts.
Dani kicked off her career as a creative in the film industry by teaching a playwright and acting class in Liberia and her native country Zimbabwe. Gradually, Danai began writing plays to utilize her skills as an actress. Her skits mainly centered on empowering strong women with whom she identifies in her life. Gurira was then commissioned by the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Royal court as a playwright.
After a few years, Danai decided to begin her career in film and television by starring in a 2007 drama film called The Visitor. Her role in the movie was received very well. She even won the Method Fest Independent Film festival award for Best Supporting Actress. Danai then went on two appear in Ghost Town, Restless City and Law & Order which catapulted her career as a Hollywood actress. She is now set to star in her own show alongside her Walking dead co-star, Andrew Lincoln.
Danai Gurira Age
How old is Danai Gurira? Gurira is 45 years old as of 2023. She was born Danai Jekesai Gurira on February 14, 1978, in Grinnell, Iowa, United States. In addition, Danai celebrates her birthday on February 14th every year. Her zodiac birth sign is Aquarius.
Danai Gurira Height | Weight
Danai stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.71 m). She also weighs approximately 54 kilograms (119 Ibs). Additionally, Gurira’s hair color is black and her eye color is also black
Danai Gurira Ethnicity and Nationality
Gurira is an American and Zimbabwean national by birth. She was born in Grinnell, Iowa, United States. Thus, she is of Zimbabwean-Amercan ethnicity and nationality.
Danai Gurira Parents and Siblings
Danai was born as the youngest daughter of parents Josephine Gurira (mother) and Roger Gurira (father). Her mother is a well-known librarian while her father is a successful professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin.
Danai’s parents are all Zimbabwean natives who relocated to the United States in 1964 for better opportunities and greener pastures. She also grew up as the last-born daughter in a family of four children. Therefore, she has three other siblings. They include two sisters named Choni and Shingai Gurira and one brother named Tare Gurira. Tare currently works as a professional chiropractor based in the states.
Danai Gurira Husband | Boyfriend
Gurira is a proud Christian believer who is not yet married. She currently lives alone in her luxurious house located in Los Angeles, California. However, she enjoys spending most of her time in New York City. Gurira is fluent in French, Shona, Xhosa and English. We shall update you once she finally decides to get married.
Danai Gurira Kids
Gurira is the youngest daughter in her family. However, she is yet to get married and have her own children. We shall update you once Danai decides to have kids of her own.
Danai Gurira Net Worth
Danai has an estimated net worth of around $ 4 million dollars as of 2022. This has been assessed according to the number of properties under her name. Gurira’s main source of income is her career as a Hollywood actress.
Danai Gurira Movies
- 2007 The Visitor
- 2008 My Soul to Take
- 2010 3 Backyards
- 2011 Restless City
- 2013 Mother of George
- 2015 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
- 2017 All Eyez on Me
- 2018 Black Panther
- 2019 Avengers: Endgame
- 2022 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Danai Gurira TV Shows
- 2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent
- 2009 Life on Mars
- 2010 American Experience
- 2010–2011 Treme
- 2012–2020, 2022 The Walking Dead
- 2017 Robot Chicken Michonne Hawthorne
- 2021 What If…?
- 2023 Untitled Rick and Michonne Show