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  Danai Gurira
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Portrays Michonne
Occupation Actress
Born February 14, 1978
Grinnel, Iowa, USA
Age 38
Years Active 2004-Present
Gender Female
Hair Black
Ethnicity African-American (Zimbabwean)
Danai Gurira Gallery

Danai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress who was cast in the spring of 2012. In order to portray Michonne's katana skills, Danai had to train with a sword for several weeks.

She 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. She was nominated for a 2007 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "In the Continuum" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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

She has played a role in movies such as The Visitor (for which she won the 2008 Best Supporting Actress award at the Method Fest), My Soul to Take, Restless City, and Ma' George.

Danai has shown an interest in writing novels based off women's problems, especially in the third world. She travelled 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"

Year Award Category Shared With Result
2008 BSFC Award Best Ensemble Cast  Haaz Sleiman
Hiam Abbass
Richard Jenkins
Second Place
Gotham Awards Nominated
Method Fest Best Supporting Actress  Won

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.
Cast (TV Series)
Main Cast Andrew Lincoln (1-6) • Chad Coleman (5) • Chandler Riggs (1-6) • Danai Gurira (3-6) • David Morrissey (3-4) • Emily Kinney (5) • Jeffrey DeMunn (1-2) • Jon Bernthal (1-2) • Lauren Cohan (3-6) • Laurie Holden (1-3) • Lennie James (6) • Melissa McBride (4-6) • Michael Cudlitz (5-6) • Michael Rooker (3) • Norman Reedus (2-6) • Sarah Wayne Callies (1-3) • Scott Wilson (4) • Sonequa Martin-Green (6) • Steven Yeun (1-6)
Also Starring Alanna Masterson (4-6) • Aldis Hodge (4) • Alexa Nikolas (3) • Alexandra Breckenridge (5-6) • Alicia Witt (6) • Andrew J. West (4-5) • Andrew Rothenberg (1) • Ann Mahoney (6) • Audrey Marie Anderson (4) • Austin Abrams (5-6) • Austin Amelio (6) • Austin Nichols (5-6) • Benedict Samuel (5-6) • Brandon Fobbs (4) • Brighton Sharbino (4) • Chad Coleman (3-4) • Chris Coy (5) • Christian Serratos (4-6) • Christine Evangelista (6) • Christine Woods (5) • Christopher Berry (6) • Corey Hawkins (6) • Cullen Moss (5) • Dallas Roberts (3) • Daniel Bonjour (5) • Denise Crosby (4-5) • Donzaleigh Abernathy (3) • Emily Kinney (2-4) • Emma Bell (1) • Enver Gjokaj (4) • Erik Jensen (5) • Ethan Embry (6) • IronE Singleton (2-3) • Jason Douglas (5-6) • Jeananne Goossen (6) • Jeff Kober (4) • Jill Jane Clements (6) • John Carroll Lynch (6) • Jose Pablo Cantillo (3-4) • Josh McDermitt (4-6) • Juan Gabriel Pareja (1) • Julio Cesar Cedillo (3) • Justin Miles (6) • Katelyn Nacon (6) • Keisha Castle-Hughes (5) • Kenric Green (6) • Kerry Condon (4) • Kirk Acevedo (4) • Kyla Kenedy (4) • Kyle Gallner (4) • Lauren Cohan (2) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (4-5) • Lennie James (1, 5) • Lew Temple (3) • Madison Lintz (2) • Major Dodson (6) • Maximiliano Hernandez (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) • Noah Emmerich (1) • Noel Gugliemi (1) • Norman Reedus (1) • Pruitt Taylor Vince (2) • Rich Ceraulo (6) • Robin Lord Taylor (4-5) • Ross Marquand (5-6) • Rus Blackwell (6) • Scott Wilson (2-3) • Seth Gilliam (5-6) • Sonequa Martin-Green (3-5) • Steve Coulter (5) • Steven Ogg (6) • Stuart Greer (6) • Sunkrish Bala (4) • Tate Ellington (4-5) • Tom Payne (6) • Tovah Feldshuh (5-6) • Tyler James Williams (5) • Vincent Martella (4) • Xander Berkeley (6)
Co-Stars Aaron Munoz (2) • Adam Boyer (5) • Adam Minarovich (1-2) • Adrian Kali Turner (1) • Al Vicente (3) • Alec Rayme (6) • Alex Van (3) • Amber Chaney (2) • Amy Cain (2) • Amy Dionne (4) • Andy Glen (3) • Andrea Moore (5) • Anissa Matlock (5) • Ann Mahoney (5-6) • Anthony Guajardo (1) • April Billingsley (5) • Arthur Bridgers (3) • Benjamin Papac (5) • Beth Keener (6) • Bethany Anne Lind (6) • Brandon Carroll (4) • Brett Gentile (6) • Brian Hillard (2) • Brina Palencia (4) • Brody Rose (6) • Cameron Deane Stewart (4) • Carlos Aviles (6) • Cherie Dvorak (3) • Chris Burns (5) • Chris Gann (6) • Christopher Matthew Cook (5) • Claire Bronson (5) • Corey Brill (5) • Dahlia Legault (5-6) • Dango Nguyen (3) • Daniel Newman (6) • Daniel Thomas May (3-4) • Danny Vinson (4) • Darin Cooper (6) • Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis (3) • Davi Jay (4) • David Marshall Silverman (5-6) • Deja Dee (2) • Dwayne Boyd (3) • Elena Sanchez (6) • Elijah Marcano (5) • E. Roger Mitchell (3) • Eric Mendenhall (4) • Erin Hunter (4) • G-Rod (6) • Gary Weeks (3) • Gina Morelli (1) • H. Patrik Coyne (6) • Ian Casselberry (6) • Ilan Srulovicz (6) • Irene Ziegler (4) • IronE Singleton (1) • James Allen McCune (2) • James Chen (6) • James Gonzaba (1) • Jan Harrelson (4) • Jane McNeill (2) • Jasmine Kaur (6) • Jason Alexander Davis (5-6) • Jay Huguley (6) • JD Evermore (4) • Jeremy Palko (6) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (1) • Jesse C. Boyd (5-6) • Jim R. Coleman (1) • Jimmy Gonzales (6) • Jonathan Kleitman (6) • Jordan Woods-Robinson (5-6) • Juliana Harkavy (4) • Justice Leak (5) • Justin Kucsulain (6) • Justin Miles (6) • Katelyn Nacon (5-6) • Karen Ceesay (6) • Karenlie Riddering (3) • Keedar Whittle (2) • Keisha Tillis (1) • Keith Brooks (4) • Kelley Davis (2) • Kennedy Brice (4) • Kenric Green (6) • Kevin Patrick Murphy (6) • Kimberly Leemans (6) • Kyle Clements (5) • Labrandon Shead (6) • Lance Tafelski (6) • Lawrence Kao (3) • LB Brown (6) • Linds Edwards (1) • Lindsay Abernathy (3) • Liz E. Morgan (6) • Luke Donaldson (4) • Maddie Lomax (1) • Madison Lintz (1) • Maia Moss-Fife (5) • Major Dodson (5) • Mandi Christine Kerr (5-6) • Marc Gowan (5) • Marcus Hester (4) • Markice Moore (3) • Matt Lowe (6) • Melissa McBride (1) • Michael Harding (4) Michael Traynor (5-6) • Mike Mayhall (3) • Myke Holmes (6) • Neil Brown Jr. (1) • Nelson Bonilla (5) • Nick Gomez (3) • Owen Harn (5) • Parker Wierling (3) • Peter Kulas (3) • Peter Zimmerman (6) • Phillip DeVona (2) • R. Keith Harris (6) • Ricky Wayne (5) • Rico Ball (5) • Robert Walker-Branchaud (6) • Russ Comegys (3) • Russell Towery (3) • Sherry Richards (4) • Steve Coulter (5) • Steven Sean Garland (6) • Susie Spear Purcell (5-6) • Tanner Holland (3) • Ted Huckabee (5-6) • Teri Wyble (5) • Theodus Crane (3) • Tiffany Morgan (5-6) • Tom Turbiville (4) • Travis Love (3-4) • Travis Young (5) • Troy Faruk (3) • Tyler Chase (3) • Vanessa Cloke (6) • 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) • Kyla Kenedy (5) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (5) • Lennie James (3)

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