Danai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress who portrays Michonne in AMC's The Walking Dead.

Biography

Danai 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 Continuum with Nikkole Salter, for which she was nominated for a 2007 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role.

Danai has made appearances on shows such as Treme, Law & Order, Lie to Me, American Experience and Life on Mars.

She won the 2008 Best Supporting Actress award at the Method Fest for her role in the movie The Visitor.

In 2018 she starred in Black Panther as main character Okoye. In the same year she reprised her role in Avengers: Infinity War.

Writing

Danai has shown an interest in writing novels based off women's problems, especially in the third world. She traveled to London to attend the World Forum Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, where she interacted with Nobel Peace Prize winners and Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya, among others.

In an interview with El Tiempo's Wilson Vega, she stated "...In fact, through Jineth (Bedoya), I feel like I must know more about Colombia, and through Tawakkol Karman, I feel like I must know more about Yemen. Just being on the forum tells me that there's so many stories we must know about, so much pain we never hear of. There's a load in my heart for Africa, no doubt; but it makes me happy that you ask me about that, as this forum has given me a need to know, to investigate. I have an extreme care of not writing about cultures I'm not a part of, but I would love to write stories about Colombia."

Awards

  • BSFC Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
  • Method Fest Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Trivia

  • Although Michonne is very quiet, Gurira has been nicknamed "Megaphone" by her friends because of her loud voice and outgoing personality.
  • Gurira did competitive swimming as a child.
  • Gurira says that she loves all of her zombie kills equally.
  • In order to portray Michonne's katana skills, Danai had to train with a sword for several weeks.
  • She starred alongside Ross Marquand in Avengers: Infinity War.
Cast (TV Series)
Main Cast Alanna Masterson (7-9) • Andrew Lincoln (1-9) • Chad Coleman (5) • Chandler Riggs (1-8) • Christian Serratos (7-9) • Danai Gurira (3-9) • David Morrissey (3-4) • Emily Kinney (5) • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (7-9) • Jeffrey DeMunn (1-2) • Jon Bernthal (1-2) • Josh McDermitt (7-9) • Katelyn Nacon (9) • Khary Payton (9) • Lauren Cohan (3-9) • Laurie Holden (1-3) • Lennie James (6-8) • Melissa McBride (4-9) • Michael Cudlitz (5-7) • Michael Rooker (3) • Norman Reedus (2-9) • Ross Marquand (8-9) • Sarah Wayne Callies (1-3) • Scott Wilson (4) • Seth Gilliam (8-9) • Sonequa Martin-Green (6-7) • Steven Yeun (1-7) • Tom Payne (9)
Also Starring Alanna Masterson (4-7) • Aldis Hodge (4) • Alexa Nikolas (3) • Alexandra Breckenridge (5-6) • Alicia Witt (6) • Andrew J. West (4-5) • Andrew Rothenberg (1) • Ann Mahoney (6-7) • Audrey Marie Anderson (4) • Austin Abrams (5-6) • Austin Amelio (6-8) • Austin Nichols (5-7) • Avi Nash (8-9) • Benedict Samuel (5-6) • Brandon Fobbs (4) • Brett Butler (9) • Brighton Sharbino (4) • C. Thomas Howell (9) • Cailey Fleming (9) • Callan McAuliffe (8-9) • Cassady McClincy (9) • Chad Coleman (3-4) • Charles Halford (8) • Chris Coy (5) • Christian Serratos (4-7) • Christine Evangelista (6-7) • Christine Woods (5) • Christopher Berry (6) • Cooper Andrews (8-9) • Corey Hawkins (6-7) • Cullen Moss (5) • Dallas Roberts (3) • Dan Fogler (9) • Daniel Bonjour (5) • Daniel Newman (8) • Deborah May (7-8) • Denise Crosby (4-5) • Donzaleigh Abernathy (3) • Eleanor Matsuura (9) • Elizabeth Ludlow (8-9) • Emily Kinney (2-4) • Emma Bell (1) • Enver Gjokaj (4) • Erik Jensen (5) • Ethan Embry (6) • IronE Singleton (2-3) • Jason Douglas (5-8) • Jayne Atkinson (8) • Jayson Warner Smith (8) • Jeananne Goossen (6) • Jeff Kober (4) • Jill Jane Clements (6) • John Carroll Lynch (6) • John Finn (9) • Jon Eyez (8-9) • Jordan Woods-Robinson (8) • Jose Pablo Cantillo (3-4) • Josh McDermitt (4-7) • Joshua Mikel (8) • Juan Gabriel Pareja (1, 8) • Julio Cesar Cedillo (3) • Justin Miles (6) • Karl Makinen (7) • Katelyn Nacon (6-8) • Keisha Castle-Hughes (5) • Kenric Green (6-9) • Kerry Cahill (9) • Kerry Condon (4) • Khary Payton (7-9) • Kirk Acevedo (4) • Kyla Kenedy (4) • Kyle Gallner (4) • Lane Miller (8) • Lauren Cohan (2) • Lauren Ridloff (9) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (4-5) • Lennie James (1, 5) • Lew Temple (3) • Lindsley Register (9) • Logan Miller (7) • Macsen Lintz (9) • Madison Lintz (2) • Major Dodson (6) • Matt Lintz (9) • Maximiliano Hernández (5) • Melissa McBride (2-3) • Melissa Ponzio (3-4) • Merritt Wever (6) • Meyrick Murphy (4) • Michael Cudlitz (4) • Michael Raymond James (2) • Michael Rooker (1-2) • Michael Zegen (2) • Nadia Hilker (9) • Nadine Marissa (9) • Nicole Barré (9) • Noah Emmerich (1) • Noel Gugliemi (1) • Norman Reedus (1) • Pollyanna McIntosh (7-9) • Pruitt Taylor Vince (2) • R. Keith Harris (8) • Rhys Coiro (9) • Rich Ceraulo (6) • Robin Lord Taylor (4-5) • Ross Marquand (5-7) • Rus Blackwell (6) • Ryan Hurst (9) • Sabrina Gennarino (8) • Samantha Morton (9) • Scott Wilson (2-3) • Seth Gilliam (5-7) • Sonequa Martin-Green (3-5) • Steve Coulter (5) • Steven Ogg (6-8) • Stuart Greer (6) • Sunkrish Bala (4) • Sydney Park (7-9) • Tate Ellington (4-5) • Thomas Francis Murphy (7-8) • Tom Payne (6-8) • Tovah Feldshuh (5-6) • Traci Dinwiddie (9) • Tyler James Williams (5) • Vincent Martella (4) • Whitmer Thomas (8) • Xander Berkeley (6-9) • Zach McGowan (9)
Co-Stars Aaron Farb (8-9) • Aaron Munoz (2) • Adam Boyer (5) • Adam Cronan (8) • Adam Fristoe (8) • Adam Minarovich (1-2) • Adrian Kali Turner (1) • Aerli Austen (7) • AJ Achinger (9) • Al Vicente (3) • Alan Heckner (8) • Alec Rayme (6) • Alex Van (3) • Amber Chaney (2) • Amy Cain (2) • Amy Dionne (4) • Anabelle Holloway (9) • Andy Glen (3) • Andrea Moore (5) • Angel Theory (9) • Anissa Matlock (5) • Anja Akstin (7) • Ann Mahoney (5-6) • Anthony Guajardo (1) • Anthony Lopez (7-9) • Antony Azor (9) • April Billingsley (5) • Arthur Bridgers (3) • Autumn Dial (7-9) • Benjamin Papac (5) • Beth Keener (6) • Bethany Anne Lind (6) • Brad Ashten (8) • Brandon Carroll (4) • Brett Gentile (6-8) • Brian F. Durkin (7) • Brian Hillard (2) • Brian Stapf (7) • Briana Venskus (7-9) • Brina Palencia (4) • Brody Rose (6) • Brooke Jaye Taylor (8) • Cameron Deane Stewart (4) • Carlos Aviles (6) • Carlos Navarro (7-8) • CC Castillo (8) • Chad Joyce (8) • Cherie Dvorak (3) • Chloe Aktas (7-9) • Chloe Garcia-Frizzi (9) • Chris Burns (5) • Chris Gann (6) • Christopher Matthew Cook (5) • Ciera L. Payton (8) • Claire Bronson (6) • Colin Dennard (8) • Cooper Andrews (7) • Corey Brill (5) • Courtney Patterson (8-9) • Craig Gellis (8) • Cuyle Carvin (8) • Dahlia Legault (5-8) • Dan Johnson (8) • Dango Nguyen (3) • Daniel Newman (6-8) • Daniel Thomas May (3-4) • Danny Vinson (4) • Darin Cooper (6) • Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis (3) • Davi Jay (4) • David Marshall Silverman (5-7) • Deja Dee (2) • Derek Roberts (8) • Dwayne Boyd (3) • E. Roger Mitchell (3) • Elena Sanchez (6) • Elijah Marcano (5) • Elizabeth Ludlow (7-8) • Elyse Nicole DuFour (7-9) • Eric Mendenhall (4) • Erin Hunter (4) • Finch Nissen (8) • G-Rod (6) • Gary Weeks (3) • Gina Morelli (1) • Gina Stewart (7-8) • Griffin Freeman (7-8) • Gustavo Gomez (9) • H. Patrik Coyne (6) • Hakim Callender (8) • Ian Casselberry (6) • Ilan Srulovicz (6-8) • Irene Ziegler (4) • IronE Singleton (1) • Jackson Pace (9) • Jacqueline Fleming (7) • James Allen McCune (2) • James Chen (6-9) • James Gonzaba (1) • Jan Harrelson (4) • Jane McNeill (2) • Jasmine Kaur (6) • Jason Alexander Davis (5-6, 8) • Jason Burkey (7-8) • Jay Huguley (6) • Jayson Warner Smith (7) • JD Evermore (4) • Jennifer Riker (9) • Jeremy Palko (6-8) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (1) • Jesse C. Boyd (5-6) • Jim R. Coleman (1) • Jimmy Gonzales (6) • Joe Ando Hirsh (9) • Jonathan Kleitman (6) • Jordan Woods-Robinson (5-7) • José Michael Vasquez (8) • Joshua Hoover (7) • Joshua Lamboy (8) • Joshua Mikel (7-8) • Juliana Harkavy (4) • Justice Leak (5) • Justin Kucsulain (6) • Justin Miles (6) • Katelyn Nacon (5-6) • Karen Ceesay (6-9) • Karenlie Riddering (3) • Karl Funk (8) • Keedar Whittle (2) • Keisha Tillis (1) • Keith Brooks (4) • Keith Hudson (8) • Kelley Davis (2) • Kelley Mack (9) • Kennedy Brice (4) • Kenric Green (6) • Kerry Cahill (7-8) • Kevin Patrick Murphy (6-7) • Kim Ormiston (8) • Kimberly Leemans (6) • Kinsley Isla Dillon (8) • Kyle Clements (5) • Labrandon Shead (6) • Lance Tafelski (6) • Lane Carlock (7) • Lawrence Kao (3) • LB Brown (6) • Lee Norris (8) • Linds Edwards (1) • Lindsay Abernathy (3) • Lindsey Garrett (8) • Lindsley Register (7-8) • Liz E. Morgan (6) • Luke Donaldson (4) • Macsen Lintz (7-8) • Maddie Lomax (1) • Madison Lintz (1) • Maia Moss-Fife (5) • Major Dodson (5) • Mandi Christine Kerr (5-9) • Marc Gowan (5) • Marcus Hester (4) • Mark Ashworth (8) • Markice Moore (3) • Martinez (7) • Matt Lowe (6) • Matt Mangum (8-9) • Matthew Rimmer (8) • Melissa McBride (1) • Michael Harding (4) • Michael Scialabba (7) • Michael Traynor (5-6) • Mike Mayhall (3) • Mike Seal (7-8) • Mimi Kirkland (7-9) • Misty Ormiston (8) • Myke Holmes (6) • Nadine Marissa (7-8) • Neil Brown Jr. (1) • Nelson Bonilla (5) • Nick Arapoglou (8) • Nick Gomez (3) • Nicole Barré (7-8) • Noah Benjamin (7) • Owen Harn (5) • Parker Wierling (3) • Peggy Sheffield (8) • Peter Kulas (3) • Peter Zimmerman (6-8) • Phillip DeVona (2) • R. Keith Harris (6-8) • Ricky Russert (7) • Ricky Wayne (5) • Rico Ball (5) • Robert Walker-Branchaud (6-7) • Russ Comegys (3) • Russell Towery (3) • Sabrina Gennarino (7) • Sean Freeland (8) • Scott Deckert (8) • Sherry Richards (4) • Stephan Jones (7) • Stephen Shelton (8) • Steve Coulter (5) • Steven Sean Garland (6) • Susie Spear Purcell (5-6) • Tamara Austin (9) • Tanner Holland (3) • Ted Huckabee (5-8) • Teri Wyble (5) • Theodus Crane (3) • Tiffany Morgan (5-6) • Tim Parati (7) • Timothy Douglas Perez (8) • Tom Turbiville (4) • Traci Dinwiddie (8) • Travis Love (3-4) • Travis Young (5) • Trey Butler (8) • Troy Faruk (3) • Tyler Buckingham (8) • Tyler Chase (3) • Tyshon Freeman (7) • Vanessa Cloke (6-7) • Victor McCay (4) • Vincent Ward (3) • Viviana Chavez-Vega (1)
Special Guests Andrew Rothenberg (3) • Brighton Sharbino (5) • Chris Coy (5) • David Morrissey (5) • Emma Bell (3) • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (6) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (3) • Jon Bernthal (3, 9) • Kyla Kenedy (5) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (5) • Lennie James (3) • Michael Cudlitz (7) • Scott Wilson (9) • Sonequa Martin-Green (9)

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