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Danai Gurira Biography

Birth Name:
Danai Jekesai Gurira
Birth Place:
Grinnell, Iowa, United States
Actor, playwright

Fast Facts

  • Parents are from Zimbabwe; she moved there with them when she was 5
  • Has written three plays that she says are "a trilogy of Zimbabwe's coming-of-age from a female perspective
  • " Calls herself a Zimerican because of her roots in Zimbabwe and America
  • Speaks four languages: French, Shona, Xhosa and English
  • Taught playwriting and acting in Zimbabwe, Liberia and South Africa
  • Received the Macalester College 2011 Young Alumni Award


  • 2018People's Choice Awards-Favorite Action Movie Star: winner


  • Tare C. Gurira -- Brother
  • Roger Gurira -- Father
  • Josephine Gurira -- Mother
  • Chiwoniso Gurira -- Sister
  • Shingai Gurira -- Sister