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  Danai Gurira
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Portrays Michonne
Occupation Actress
Born February 14, 1978
Grinnel, Iowa, USA
Age 37
Years Active 2004-Present
Gender Female
Hair Black
Ethnicity African-American
Danai Gurira Gallery

Danai Gurira is an 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
Cast (TV Series)
Main Cast Andrew Lincoln (1-5) • Chad Coleman (5) • Chandler Riggs (1-5) • Danai Gurira (3-5) • David Morrissey (3-4) • Emily Kinney (5) • Jeffrey DeMunn (1-2) • Jon Bernthal (1-2) • Lauren Cohan (3-5) • Laurie Holden (1-3) • Melissa McBride (4-5) • Michael Cudlitz (5) • Michael Rooker (3) • Norman Reedus (2-5) • Sarah Wayne Callies (1-3) • Scott Wilson (4) • Steven Yeun (1-5)
Also Starring Alanna Masterson (4-5) • Aldis Hodge (4) • Alexa Nikolas (3) • Andrew J. West (4-5) • Andrew Rothenberg (1) • Audrey Marie Anderson (4) • Brandon Fobbs (4) • Brighton Sharbino (4) • Chad Coleman (3-4) • Chris Coy (5) • Christian Serratos (4-5) • Christine Woods (5) • Cullen Moss (5) • Dallas Roberts (3) • Denise Crosby (4-5) • Donzaleigh Abernathy (3) • Emily Kinney (2-4) • Emma Bell (1) • Enver Gjokaj (4) • Erik Jensen (5) • IronE Singleton (2-3) • Jeff Kober (4) • Jose Pablo Cantillo (3-4) • Josh McDermitt (4-5) • Juan Gabriel Pareja (1) • Julio Cesar Cedillo (3) • Keisha Castle-Hughes (5) • Kerry Condon (4) • Kirk Acevedo (4) • Kyla Kenedy (4) • Kyle Gallner (4) • Lauren Cohan (2) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (4-5) • Lennie James (1) • Lew Temple (3) • Madison Lintz (2) • Maximiliano Hernandez (5) • Melissa McBride (2-3) • Melissa Ponzio (3-4) • 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) • Robin Lord Taylor (4-5) • Ross Marquand (5) • Scott Wilson (2-3) • Seth Gilliam (5) • Sonequa Martin-Green (3-5) • Sunkrish Bala (4) • Tate Ellington (4-5) • Tyler James Williams (5) • Vincent Martella (4)
Co-Stars Adam Boyer (5) • Aaron Munoz (2) • Adam Minarovich (1 -2) • Adrian Kali Turner (1) • Al Vicente (3) • Alex Van (3) • Amber Chaney (2) • Amy Cain (2) • Amy Dionne (4) • Andy Glen (3) • Andrea Moore (5) • Anissa Matlock (5) • Anthony Guajardo (1) • April Billingsley (5) • Arthur Bridgers (3) • Benjamin Papac (5) • Brandon Carroll (4) • Brian Hillard (2) • Brina Palencia (4) • Cameron Deane Stewart (4) • Cherie Dvorak (3) • Chris Burns (5) • Christopher Matthew Cook (5) • Dango Nguyen (3) • Daniel Thomas May (3-4) • Danny Vinson (4) • Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis (3) • Davi Jay (4) • Deja Dee (2) • Dwayne Boyd (3) • E. Roger Mitchell (3) • Eric Mendenhall (4) • Erin Hunter (4) • Gary Weeks (3) • Gina Morelli (1) • Irene Ziegler (4) • IronE Singleton (1) • James Allen McCune 2) • James Gonzaba (1) • Jan Harrelson (4) • Jane McNeill (2) • JD Evermore (4) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (1) • Jim R. Coleman (1) • Jordan Woods-Robinson (5) • Juliana Harkavy (4) • Justice Leak (5) • Karenlie Riddering (3) • Keedar Whittle (2) • Keisha Tillis (1) • Keith Brooks (4) • Kelley Davis (2) • Kennedy Brice (4) • Kyle Clements (5) • Lawrence Kao (3) • Linds Edwards (1) • Lindsay Abernathy (3) • Luke Donaldson (4) • Maddie Lomax (1) • Madison Lintz (1) • Marc Gowan (5) • Marcus Hester (4) • Markice Moore (3) • Melissa McBride (1) • Michael Harding (4) • Mike Mayhall (3) • Neil Brown Jr. (1) • Nelson Bonilla (5) • Nick Gomez (3) • Owen Harn (5) • Parker Wierling (3) • Peter Kulas (3) • Phillip DeVona (2) • Ricky Wayne (5) • Rico Ball (5) • Russ Comegys (3) • Russell Towery (3) • Sherry Richards (4) • Tanner Holland (3) • Teri Wyble (5) • Theodus Crane (3) • Tom Turbiville (4) • Travis Love (3-4) • Travis Young (5) • Troy Faruk (3) • Tyler Chase (3) • Victor McCay (4) • Vincent Ward (3) • Viviana Chavez-Vega (1)
Special Guests Andrew Rothenberg (3) • Brighton Sharbino (5) • Chris Coy (5) • David Morrissey (5) • Emily Kinney (5) • Emma Bell (3) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (3) • Jon Bernthal (3) • Kyla Kenedy (5) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (5) • Lennie James (3)

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