Danai Gurira is an American actress of Zimbabwean origin. She is best known for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead, a horror drama series. She is also known for writing the award winning play, Eclipsed. Danai was born in Iowa, to Josephine and Roger Gurira. At age five (1983) she and her family moved back to Harare, where she stayed until returning to the United States for her education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting . She currently lives in Los Angeles, and speaks four languages: French, Shona, basic Xhosa, and English. She has taught playwriting and acting in Liberia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. She regularly spends time in New York City and maintains an active lifestyle to keep physically fit.
Danai’s acting career continues to go from strength to strength. She is set to play the role of Okoye in Marvel’s Black Panther in 2018. Having already featured in films such as The Visitor, Ghost Town and Tinker Bell and The Legend of the Never Beast. Not to mention her TV career on shows such as Law and Order, Lie to Me and The Walking Dead.
As if that’s not enough to leave us all in awe of this amazing and successful young woman, Danai is also a co-founder of Almasi Arts which seeks to promote Zimbabwean dramatic artists. In 2016, Danai founded the not-for-profit organisation Love Our Girls, which seeks to highlight and challenge the issues that are faced by women all over the world.
A shining beacon for Zimbabweans everywhere, we wish Danai every success as she continues to make us all proud. Her success is our success!