Danai Gurira Biography, Age, Husband, Convert, Black Panther, Plays and Movies

Danai Gurira Biography

Danai Gurira (Danai Jekesai Gurira), born on 14th February , 1978 is a Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright, famous for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series, as the writer of the play Eclipsed, and as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, beginning with Black Panther, and later reprising her role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Danai Gurira Age | How Old Is Danai Gurira

Born on 14th February 1978, Danai is 41 years old as of 2019.

How Tall Is Danai Gurira

She is 1.7 metres tall.

Danai Gurira Husband | Married | Dating | Boyfriend

Danai who is not married, yet was in 2015, believed to be in a romantic relationship with The Walking Dead co-star, Norman Reedus, but the rumor was never confirmed by any of the two.


Danai began her screen acting career with the 2007 film The Visitor, in which her portrayal of Zainab got her the Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the years that followed , she appeared in a few small roles in films such as Ghost Town, 3 Backyards, My Soul to Take, and Restless City. At that time, she also appeared in guest roles in a number of television shows including ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘Life on Mars’, ‘Law & Order’, ‘American Experience’, and ‘Lie to Me’. In 2010, she gained a recurring role in the HBO drama series ‘Treme’.

She co-wrote and co-starred in In the Continuum, first at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and later off-Broadway, which won her an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress. In the Continuum commemorated World AIDS Day 2011, in December 2011. The play sponsored by the United States Embassy in Zimbabwe, was performed at Harare’s Theatre and featured the story of two women who were navigating the world after contracting HIV.

Gurira made her acting debut in 2009, on Broadway in August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone playing Martha Pentecost.

The Convert Danai Gurira

Her 2012 play The Convert was premiered as a co-production between the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey. Later in 2012, Gurira received the Whiting Award for an emerging playwright.

Danai Gurira Walking Dead – Michonne Danai Gurira

AMC announced on a live broadcast in March 2012, that Gurira would join the cast of their horror-drama series The Walking Dead, the highest rated series in cable television history, in its third season. She plays the role of Michonne, a relentless, katana-wielding character who joins a close-knit group in an apocalyptic world. Together, the team is forced to relentlessly fight flesh-eating zombies and certain of the few surviving humans, some of whom are even more diabolical and dangerous than the zombies themselves. She had to learn how to ride horses for the series, which she enjoyed because it was a physical challenge.

Danai Gurira And Andrew Lincoln

Danai played the girlfriend of cop-turned-leader Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in the  horror-drama series The Walking Dead.

Danai Gurira Eclipsed

Lupita Nyong’o in 2015, starred in Gurira’s play, Eclipsed of 2009, Off-Broadway at The Public Theater. It was later announced that the play would move to Broadway in 2016 at the John Golden Theatre. The play was the first play to premiere on Broadway with an all female and black cast and creative team. It is set in war-torn Liberia and focuses on three women who are living as sex slaves to a rebel commander, and is about how they deal with this difficult situation. Her play according to her was inspired by a photograph of female fighters and their tale of survival. The play starred Saycon Sengbloh, Akosua Busia, Lupita Nyong’o, Zainab Jah and Pascale Armand and was directed by Liesl Tommy.

Gurira received the 2016 Sam Norkin Award, for Eclipsed and Familiar, presented by the Drama Desk Awards, which said, in part: “Danai Gurira demonstrates great insight, range and depth, bringing a fresh new voice to American theater.” Her play, the Eclipsed was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, and won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Play.

Danai Gurira Black Panther

She was cast in Marvel’s film Black Panther, which was released in February 2018, on the role of Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, the personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, and received critical acclaim for her performance. She later reprised her role in Avengers: Infinity War, which was released in April of the same year.

Familiar Danai Gurira

Familiar, a play written by Gurira and directed by Rebecca Taichman, in January 2015, opened at Yale Repertory Theatre, before it premiered Off-Broadway in New York at Playwrights Horizons. It is about family, cultural identity, and the experience of life as a first-generation American, and Gurira has said that it was inspired in part by family and friends of hers.

For Eclipsed and Familiar, she received the 2016 Sam Norkin Award, presented by the Drama Desk Awards, which said, in part: “Danai Gurira demonstrates great insight, range and depth, bringing a fresh new voice to American theater.” Eclipsed was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, and won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Play.

Danai Gurira Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $4 million dollars

Danai Gurira Movies And Tv Shows






The Visitor



Ghost Town

Assorted ghost


3 Backyards

Woman in Blue Dress

My Soul to Take



Restless City



Mother of George

Adenike Olumide Balogun


Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Fury (voice)


All Eyez on Me

Afeni Shakur


Black Panther


Avengers: Infinity War


Avengers: Endgame


Godzilla vs. Kong

TV Shows





Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Marei Rosa Rumbidzai


Life on Mars



Law & Order

Courtney Owens


American Experience

Sarah Steward


Lie to Me

Michelle Russo





The Walking Dead



Robot Chicken

Michonne (voice)

Danai Gurira Plays

  • 2010 Eclipsed
  • 2012 The Convert
  • 2008 In the Continuum
  • 2019 Familiar

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Where Is Danai Gurira From

She is a Zimbabwean-American.

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