Danai Jekesai Gurira, most commonly known as Danai Gurira, is an American actress and playwright. She was born on February 14, 1978, in Grinnell, Iowa, U.S. Danai Gurira age is 40 years old. Danai Gurira height is 5 feet 7 inches. Danai Gurira weight is 117 pounds or 53 kilograms. Her measurements are unknown and she wears a 34C bra size. Her trademarks are her short trimmed hair and her toned figure. She has black hair and her eyes are black. Danai Gurira shoe size is 8 (US) and her dress size is 2 (US). Danai Gurira net worth in 2019 is $4 million.
Danai Gurira Education
She attended high school at Dominican Convent High School in Zimbabwe. Gurira earned B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in Minnesota. She also went to graduate school at N.Y.U. where she acquired a Master of Fine Arts in acting.
Danai Gurira Family
Danai Gurira father, Roger Gurira, is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Grinnell College. Danai Gurira mother, Josephine Gurira, is a college librarian.
Danai is the youngest of four siblings. Shingai and Choni are her sisters and Tare is her brother. She lived in Grinnell until 1983, when at age 5 she and her family moved back to Zimbabwe.
Danai Gurira Theater Career
In 2005, Danai co-wrote and co-starred in the play “In the Continuum”. It was named one of the ten best plays of 2006 by the New York Times.
In 2016, she had two plays running at the same time in New York. “Eclipsed” recounted the narrative of female sex slaves in Liberia amid the Liberian common war. It left a mark on the world as the primary Broadway plays with a completely female cast. “Eclipsed” was selected for a Tony Award in 2016 for Best Play. She also wrote “Familiar”, a play about a family from Zimbabwe living in Minnesota.
Danai Gurira Filmography/ Career
Following the achievement of In the Continuum, Danai showed up in different films and TV parts, including briefs, spells on Law and Order: Criminal Intent (2001 – 2011), American Experience, and Lie to Me (2009 – 2011). In 2012, Danai accomplished TV notoriety in The Walking Dead. She has earned a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2016.
In 2013, she starred in Mother of George, a part which earned her a Black Reel Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she was part of the film All Eyez On Me, offering a capable execution as Tupac Shakur’s mom.
Recently, Danai appeared in the Marvel’s superhero film Black Panther (2018) along with Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Letitia Wright in which she plays Okoye, the leader of an all-ladies armed force. Danai repeated her part as Okoye in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) co-featuring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Peter Dinklage, Pom Klementieff, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.
Danai Gurira Net Worth
Danai Gurira net worth is estimated at $4 million. The net worth of Danai Gurira includes remuneration from movies and TV shows.
Danai Gurira Relationships/ Affairs
Gurira has apparently dated two of her co-stars of The Walking Dead: Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln.
Some Interesting and Unknown Facts About Danai Gurira
- Danai means “loving each other” in Shona.
- She has said: “I was a jock when I was a kid, so I’ve always wanted to physically live through a character – one of those really tough chicks”. Danai stays in shape by doing Pilates and cross training.
- She speaks four languages: French, Shona, basic Xhosa, and English.
- In 2011, Gurira co-founded and is the Executive Artistic Director at Almasi Arts Inc., an organization dedicated to continuing arts education in Zimbabwe.
- Gurira founded the non-profit organization Love Our Girls. This organization aims to highlight the issues and challenges that specifically affect women throughout the world.