The True Life Story Of Danai Gurira

Background

Danai Gurira is a Zimbabwean actress and playwright who is currently based in USA.

Early life

Born Danai Jekesai Gurira on the 14th of February 1978(41 years) in Grinell Lowa (USA)

Family

Father- Roger Gurira

Mother- Josephine Gurira

Sisters- Shingai and Choni

Brother- Tare

Languages

English, Shona, French and Xhosa

Education

Primary- Groombridge Primary School

Secondary-  Dominican Convent High School

Tertiary – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (Macalester College)

Tertiary- Master of Fine Arts (New York University)

Career

Films

2007 – The Visitor           

2008 – Ghost Town         

2010 – 3 Backyards                         

2010 – My Soul to Take  Jeanne-Baptiste

2011 – Restless City                        

2013 – Mother of George                             

2015 – Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast                      

2017 – All Eyez on Me    

2018 – Black Panther     

2018 – Avengers: Infinity War     

2019 – Avengers: Endgame

Stage play

2005 – In the Continuum              

2009 – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone        

2009 – Eclipsed                 

2011 – Measure for Measure     

2012 – The Convert                        

2015 – Familiar

Television

2004 – Law & Order: Criminal Intent       

2009 – Life on Mars        

2009 – Law & Order        

2010 – American Experience       

2010 – Lie to Me              

2010–2011 – Treme        

2012–present    The Walking Dead           

2017 – Robot Chicken

Other works and publications

Danai Gurira – Running Head: The Neglect of Black Women in Psychology – 2001

Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter. In the continuum – 2008

Danai Gurira – Eclipsed

Danai Gurira – The Convert – 2013

Danai Gurira – Familiar-2016

Danai Gurira – Power of women 2016

Awards

Obie Award- Special Citation(2006)

Outer Critics Circle Awards John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award (2006)

Helen Hayes Awards – Best Lead Actress, Non-Resident(2007)

Method Fest – Best Supporting Actress(2008)

Satellite Award Best Cast – Television Series (2012)

Whiting Awards – Writing in Drama (2012)

Eyegore Awards – Best Ensemble Cast Award (2013)

Black Reel Award – Best Actress (2014)

Saturn Award – Best Supporting Actress on Television (2016)

Lilly Awards – Outstanding Playwriting (2016)

Drama Desk Award – Sam Norkin Award (2016)

TCG Gala – Honoree (2016)

ImageNation Revolution Awards – Revolution Award for Artistic Excellence (2016)

Black Girls Rock! Award Star Power Celebrant (2016)

Saturn Awards  Best Supporting Actress (2017)

People’s Choice Awards The Action Movie Star of 2018 (2018)

Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture(2019)

Saturn Awards  Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series (2019)

Controversy

Rumoured to be in a relationship with Co-star Norman Reedus after they locked lips on set

Philanthropy

Co-founded Almosi which promotes the growth of arts in Zimbabwe