Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira

  • Birthday: 1978-02-14
  • Place of birth: Grinnell, Iowa, USA

Biography

Danai Jekesai Gurira (born February 14, 1978) is a Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright. She is best known for her roles as Michonne on the AMC post-apocalyptic series The Walking Dead and as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022). 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. She returned to the United States at age 19 to study at Macalester College. She earned her MFA at New York University.

Filmography

The Fighting Shirley Chisholm

0000

As Shirley Chisholm

Mother of George

2013

As Adenike Olumide Balogen

All Eyez on Me

2017

As Afeni Shakur

The Visitor

2007

As Zainab

Black Panther

2018

As Okoye

Restless City

2012

As Sisi

3 Backyards

2010

As Woman in Blue Dress

My Soul to Take

2010

As Jeanne-Baptiste

Avengers: Endgame

2019

As Okoye

Ghost Town

2008

As Assorted Ghost

Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King

2020

As Self (archive footage)

Production

Eclipsed

2020

As Writer

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