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Danai Gurira stars in "The Walking Dead" on AMC as heroine Michonne. In the Season 2 finale, Michonne bursts onto the scene as the mysterious zombie slave-keeping sword slayer.

Prior to joining "The Walking Dead," actress and playwright Danai Gurira finished production on the independent drama "Ma' George," the story of an African woman's struggle after arriving in the U.S. to honor her heritage while attempting to define her new marriage in modern terms. Gurira also starred in the multiple-award winning film "The Visitor," in which she played a Senegalese immigrant in New York trying to survive while her illegal immigrant boyfriend is detained by the U.S. government. Other film credits include "Three Backyards" and "Restless City." Her television credits include roles on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Lie to Me" and "Nurse Jackie" as well as a recurring role on David Simon's HBO series "Treme."

An award-winning playwright, her most recent play "The Convert" (Stavis Award) is an historical drama set in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Part of a trilogy Gurira is writing about her native country's coming of age, it is currently earning rave reviews in its run at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.

Gurira was born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe. She earned an MFA in theater from New York University after moving back to the U.S. Her initial success was as the co-lead of "In the Continuum" (a play she co-created and co-wrote while in the acting program at NYU.) The upbeat powerful story focused on two women: one, an upper class, educated newscaster in Africa; the other, an impoverished teenager in south central L.A., who discover that they are HIV positive, and learn to cope in the face of hatred, discrimination and ignorance. Gurira performed the play off-Broadway, in numerous theaters around the U.S. and in Africa and received numerous accolades including an Obie, the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award, the Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations) and the Theater Hall of Fame Honors. Gurira also received the Helen Hayes Award (Woolly Mammoth.)



She subsequently received a grant for research in Liberia and Sierra Leone which resulted in her second play "Eclipsed" — the story of women abductees trying to survive during that region's devastating civil war. Gurira won Best Playwright at the NAACP Theater Awards and Best New Play at Helen Hayes Awards. And, on Broadway, Gurira starred Bartlett Sher's award-winning revival of Joe Turner's "Come and Gone." She also earned the Actor's Equity Callaway Award for her performance as Isabella in the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park production of "Measure for Measure."

Gurira is also a Hodder Fellow at Princeton and a commissioned playwright with Yale Rep. She is co-founder of Almasi, a theater development and production company in Zimbabwe. She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.




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DANAI GURIRA: FACTS

How old is Danai Gurira? Where does Danai Gurira live? Find out here.

Age: 36 years old
Birthday: February 14, 1978
Birthplace: Grinnell, IA
Hometown: Zimbabwe
Current Residence: New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA





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