Danai Gurira Biography,, Age, Childhood, Partner, Movies, TV Shows, Plays, Awards, Net Worth, UN Ambassador

Danai Gurira Biography: Age, Childhood, Partner, Movies, TV Shows, Plays, Awards, Net Worth, UN Ambassador

Posted By Lorenza Nicholas


Danai Jekesai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress, activist and award-winning playwright.

Proudly multi-lingual, Danai Gurirai speaks English, Xhosa, Shona and French. She has put her language skills to work in some of her plays we’ll discuss later. 

Danai Gurira is the co-founder of Almasi Arts, which gives African Dramatic Artists access and opportunity.

She also founded LOGpledge.org (Love Our Girls), an awareness-building campaign focused on the plights of women and girls around the world.

Danai Gurira
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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Danai Jekesai Gurira
Stage Name: Danai Gurira
Born: 14 February 1978 (age 46 years old)
Place of Birth: Grinnell, Iowa, United States
Nationality: Zimbabwean, American
Parents: Josephine Gurira, Roger Gurira
Children: N/A
Height: 1.7 m
Siblings: Tare Gurira, Shingai Gurira, Chiwoniso Gurira
Boyfriend • Husband: Norman Reedus (rumored)
Occupation: Actress • Activist
Net Worth: US$14.1 million


Born on February 14, 1978, in Iowa, USA (Grinnell City), Danai Gurira is currently 43 years old. You would never have guessed she’s a day over 40 with the type of body she rocks.

All credit is given to diet and exercise; Danai revealed that she is pescatarian and exercises a lot, hence her robust physique. If her fearless character Okoye in Black Panther-inspired you with all those warrior moves, try her no meat, fish only diet for improved strength and stamina.

Fish fingers, Norwegian smoked salmon, Haddock cakes or Kingklip, there’s a lot of variety, especially on the Checkers specials. You can also delight yourself with a gourmet fish platter at Ocean Basket now and again. Remember to put in the exercise too.


Her parents, Roger Gurira and Josephine Gurira, moved to America around 1964. When Danai Gurira was five years old, they moved to Harare, Zimbabwe, where she and her older siblings – Tare Gurira (brother), Shingai Gurira and Chiwoniso Gurira (sisters) completed their high school education before returning to America.

Danai Gurira has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Macalester College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tisch School of Arts, New York University. 


Rumoured to have been dating Norman Reedus, her co-star from The Walking Dead in 2015, that is all there is to Danai Gurira’s love life. Reedus was captured kissing Gurira in the show’s behind-the-scenes, hence the speculation.

However, though fans were thrilled at the possibility of these two being a couple off-screen, it turned out to be just a friendly kiss.

Danai Gurira is one woman who does not kiss and tell; she keeps her personal life very private. But we know she isn’t married yet, and perhaps, RnB singer, Maxwell, can still have a shot.

Danai Gurira Bio, Age, Childhood, Partner, Movies, TV Shows, Plays, Awards, Net Worth, UN Ambassador
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If you know anything about Danai Gurira, you know she is a passionate actor, and all her roles are handled with finesse.

She is fierce, authentic, and so captivating. You will love all her work if you haven’t watched the movies in the list below.  

  • Avengers: Endgame – 2019
  • Avengers: Infinity War – 2018 
  • Black Panther – 2018 
  • All Eyez on Me – 2017
  • Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast – 2015
  • Mother of George – 2013
  • Restless City – 2011 
  • My Soul to Take – 2010 
  • 3 Backyards – 2010  
  • Ghost Town – 2008 
  • The Visitor – 2007 
Danai Gurira Biography Age, Childhood, Partner, Movies, TV Shows, Plays, Awards, Net Worth, UN Ambassador
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TV Shows

The Walking Dead introduced us to Michonne, Danai Gurira’s character, and we fell in love with her from the first episode. We were unfortunate at the announcement that she would not be a part of the cast anymore, but we celebrate her for captivating us for a good eight years. Below are some of her TV Shows.

  • Americanah 2020 
  • The Walking Dead 2012–2020
  • Robot Chicken 2017 
  • Treme 2010–2011 
  • Lie to Me – 2010 
  • American Experience – 2010
  • Life on Mars – 2009 
  • Law & Order – 2004


Danai Gurira is a commissioned playwright at Yale Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, and the Royal Court. She is also a current Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. 

Here are her most esteemed works:

  • Eclipsed – premiered at the Woolly Mammoth, Center Theater Group, and Yale Repertory Theater.
  • Familiar – premiered at Playwrights Horizons and Yale Repertory 
  • The Convert – appeared at the McCarter, Goodman and Center Theater Group Theaters
  • In the Continuum – premiered off-Broadway and toured the U.S. and Southern Africa.


Of course, our badass actress, Danai Gurira has clinched several trophies for her fantastic work on stage and her stories:

  • 2018, Screen Actors Guild Awards  
  • 2018, People’s Choice Awards
  • 2016, Tony Award (Eclipsed)
  • 2016, Sam Norkin Award- Drama Desk Awards
  • 2012, Whiting Award  
  • 2011, Equity’s Callaway Award (Measure for Measure)
  • 2011 Macalester College Young Alumni Award 
  • 2010, Best Playwright at the NAACP Theater Awards (Eclipsed)
  • 2010, Helen Hayes Awards – Best New Play (Eclipsed)
  • 2006, Obie Award (In the Continuum)
  • 2006, Outer Critics John Gassner Award (In the Continuum)
  • 2006, Connecticut Critics Circle Award (In the Continuum)
  • 2006, Outstanding Production of a Play (In the Continuum)
  • 2004, Global Tolerance’ Award (Friends of the United Nations)- (In the Continuum)
Danai Gurira Biography, Age, Childhood, Partner, Movies, TV Shows, Plays, Awards, Net Worth, UN Ambassador

Net Worth

As of September 2021, Danai Gurira is estimated to be worth US$14.1 million.  

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador 

UN Women Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrities who utilise their skill, popularity, or renown to help the UN better address related issues of equality and women’s empowerment. In 2018, Danai Gurira became one of these celebrities, and her work for LOGpledge.org speaks volumes. 

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