Danai Gurira Height, Weight, Age, Affairs, Husband, Family, Biography, Facts & More

Danai Gurira

Full NameDanai Jekesai Gurira
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters - 170 cm
in meters - 1.70 m
in feet inches - 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms - 54 kg
in Pounds - 119 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.)32-24-34
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorDark Brown
Personal Life
Date of BirthFebruary 14, 1978
Age (as in 2018)40 Years
Birth PlaceGrinnell, Iowa, United States
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
SignatureDanai Gurira Signature
NationalityZimbabwean, American
HometownLos Angeles, United States
SchoolDominican Convent High School
College(s)/UniversityMacalester College
Tisch School of the Arts
Educational Qualification(s)Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Macalester College
Master of Fine Arts in acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
DebutFilm- The Visitor (2007)
The Visitor
TV- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2004)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
FamilyFather- Roger Gurira
Danai Gurira's Father Roger Gurira
Mother- Josephine Gurira
Danai Gurira's Mother Josephine Gurira
Brother- Tare Gurira
Sister- Shingai Gurira,
Danai Gurira's Sister Shingai Gurira
Choni Gurira
Danai Gurira With Her Sister Choni Gurira
Ethnicity/RaceShona people (Bantu Ethnic Group)
Address (FanMail)Mail Mann, Inc.
4570 Van Nuys Blvd.
Suite 306
Los Angeles, CA 91403-2913
HobbiesSwimming, Watching Tennis
Favorite Things
Favorite ColorRed
Favorite TV Show(s)Breaking Bad, Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, Modern Family, and Veep
Favorite Movie Hotel Rwanda
Favorite MusicJustin Timberlake and Tasha Cobbs
Favorite FoodLamb and goat-cheese burgers
Favorite SportTennis
Favorite CityNew York
Favorite RestaurantCafe Himalaya
Favorite DishesTibetan Cuisine, Lamb, Goat-Cheese Burgers
Favorite Stage RoleIsabella in Measure for Measure (played by her)
Boyfriends, Affairs and More
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusNot Known
Boyfriends/AffairsNot Known
Husband/SpouseNot Known
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$4 million

Danai Gurira

Some Lesser Known Facts About Danai Gurira

  • Does Danai Gurira smoke?: No
  • Does Danai Gurira drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • Danai was born on Valentines Day in a well-civilized Zimbabwean family as her mother Josephine Gurira is a university librarian, and father Roger Gurira is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.
  • Since her childhood, she is interested in acting and doing plays, and when she was in seventh grade, she did her first play titled “My Uncle Grey Bhonzo.”
  • She went to the United States for her higher studies. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Fine Arts in acting.
  • She loved writing plays and inspiring women through her writings of who a strong woman is.
  • Danai made her first appearance on television show- Law & Order: Criminal Intent playing the role of Marei Rosa Rumbidzai.
  • In 2005, she stepped into the theatre and co-wrote as well as co-starred in the off-Broadway play titled “In the Continuum.”
  • Her marvelous endeavors in the play won her an Obie Award, a Helen Hayes Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Actress.
  • In 2007, Danai made her film debut in the movie- The Visitor as Zainab. Here’s a glimpse of her wonderful acting skills in The Visitor:

  • Her incredible performance in the film titled her with Best Supporting Actress in Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award, and she also got two more nominations in Boston Society of Film Critics Award and Gotham Awards, for Best Cast and Best Ensemble Cast.
  • She is a fitness freak and loves doing swimming and different exercises to maintain her physique.
  • Apart from theatre and films, she has also taught playwriting and acting in Liberia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
  • After her remarkable appearance in The Visitor, she got back to back roles in films viz Ghost Town, 3 Backyards, My Soul to Take, and Restless City.
  • In 2008, she appeared at the Global Green Sustainable Design Awards and read a letter over there written by a New Orleans native displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

  • She received Satellite Award in category “Best Cast – Television Series” for proclaiming a promising role in series “The Walking Dead.” Danai Gurira Receiving Satellite Award
  • In 2013, she got a lead role of Adenike Olumide Balogun in an independent drama film named Mother of George which was premiered at 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Here’s a trailer showcasing her incredible role in the movie:

  • She was honored with Black Reel Award for Best Actress for the movie Mother of George and was also nominated for two other awards- one at Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and the other at American Black Film Festival for Best Actress.
  • She loves working for the society and in 2011, she co-founded an organization named “Almasi Arts Inc.,” which aims at providing arts education in Zimbabwe. Later, she became the Executive Artistic Director of this group.
  • Danai has been working in an American post-apocalyptic horror television series- The Walking Dead as Michonne since 2012, which has helped her in achieving a lot of fame worldwide.

Danai Gurira In The Walking Dead

  • Despite doing horror show, she is scared of watching horror scenes and avoids watching them.
  • Her success was not only limited to theatre, films, TV shows and teaching, but she also rocked as a voice-over artist in the 2015 film- Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast voicing character Fury.
  • She penned down the play titled “Eclipsed” which became the first play to premiere on Broadway with an all-female, and black cast and crew team. It portrayed the story of five Liberian women and their story of survival near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War featuring Saycon Sengbloh,  Lupita Nyong’o, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, and Pascale Armand.
  • She wrote the play Familiar in 2015, which was inspired by her mom’s family. Familiar Play Written By Danai Gurira
  • She founded the non-profit organization “Love Our Girls,” primarily focusing on the issues and challenges affecting women throughout the world.

Danai Gurira Launched Love Our Girls

  • Danai also joined hands with Johnson & Johnson in 2016, in a fight against HIV/AIDS. Danai Guriras On World AIDS Day
  • In 2017, her cast as Afeni Shakur in an American biographical drama film- All Eyez on Me was appreciated highly by the viewers. All Eyez On Me Poster
  • In 2018, she was starred in an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character- Black Panthers as Okoye. Here’s a glimpse of her extremely energetic and splendid performance in the movie:

  • She has been featured in a very energetic and bold look, in an American superhero film- Avengers: Infinity War as Oyoke.

Danai Gurira In Avengers

  • She told in an interview that she has a very loud voice due to which her friends named him “Megaphone.”
  • As Danai is a multilingual personality, she is fluent in four languages- French, Shona, basic Xhosa, and English.
  • She has been nominated for around 12 awards in different award shows and has won around 14 awards till 2017.

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