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Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, to Josephine and Roger Gurira, who were from Zimbabwe. Her father was then teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was five, the family moved back to Zimbabwe, living in the capital Harare. Gurira later returned to the U.S., and studied social psychology at Macalester College, receiving an MFA from... See full bio »

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 2012-2018 The Walking Dead (TV Series)
- Wrath (2018) ... Michonne
- Worth (2018) ... Michonne
- Still Gotta Mean Something (2018) ... Michonne
- Do Not Send Us Astray (2018) ... Michonne
- The Key (2018) ... Michonne
 2018 Black Panther
 2017 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
 2017 All Eyez on Me
Afeni Shakur
 2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (Video)
Fury (voice)
 2013 Mother of George
Adenike Balogun
 2010-2011 Treme (TV Series)
- Do Watcha Wanna (2011) ... Jill
- Slip Away (2011) ... Jill
- Accentuate the Positive (2011) ... Jill
- I'll Fly Away (2010) ... Jill
 2011 Restless City
 2010 My Soul to Take
 2010 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Michelle Russo
- Exposed (2010) ... Michelle Russo
 2010 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Sarah Steward
- Dolley Madison (2010) ... Sarah Steward
 2010 3 Backyards
Woman in Blue Dress
 2009 Law & Order (TV Series)
Courtney Owens
- Fed (2009) ... Courtney Owens
 2009 Life on Mars (TV Series)
 2008/I Ghost Town
Assorted Ghost
 2007/I The Visitor
 2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Marei Rosa Rumbidzai
- Inert Dwarf (2004) ... Marei Rosa Rumbidzai
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(September 13 to October 18, 2009) Her play, "Eclipsed," was performed in a West Coast premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Robert O'Hara was director. See more »

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5' 7" (1.7 m)

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[on preparing to play a sword-wielding zombie slayer in 'the Walking Dead']I do have some dings on my apartment wall from tricks I was attempting at home. I don't advise that. See more »


She was awarded the 2013 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Playwright for "The Convert" co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California. See more »

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