Read on to know more about the Tony-Award winning playwright, Danai Gurira, her latest movies, net worth and unknown facts about her.
Everything You Need To Know About Danai Gurira
Danai Gurira, Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright has reached heights in both her passions; she is a successful actress and a talented playwright. This amazingly talented star is on the rise since her appearance in the AMC television horror drama series, ‘The Walking Dead’. Read on to know more about her personal life, career, net worth and facts about her.
Danai Gurira: Personal Life
Danai Jekesai Gurira, aged 40 was born on February 14, 1978. Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, United States. She was born to Roger Gurira and Josephine Gurira. Her father, Roger Gurira, was a lecturer in the Chemistry Department, at the Grinnell College. Gurira’s mother Josephine Gurira was a librarian at the same college. In the year 1964, her parents moved to the United States from Southern Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe. Gurira has two sisters: Shingai Gurira and Chiwoniso Gurira, and one brother: Tare C.Gurira. Danai Gurira is the youngest of her siblings. At the age of 5, Gurira moved back to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. She completed her high school at Dominican Convent High School, Zimbabwe. In 2011, Gurira completed her degree in ‘Social Psychology’ from the Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. She then took up an acting course in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York, United States. Gurira acquired her playwriting and acting skills from Liberia in Zimbabwe. Gurira spends a lot of time in New York City but she currently resides in Los Angeles. Gurira is fluent in four languages: French, Shona, basic Xhosa, and English.
Danai Gurira: Her Career
Gurira started out her career as a playwright. She strongly felt the better she excelled at her writings the better she could get with her acting. Gurira was commissioned by four different groups: Yale Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, and the Royal Court, as a playwright. With Nikkole Salter she co-authored the play ‘In the Continuum’ which won her an ‘Obie Award’. She also co-starred in the same play and won the ‘Outer Critics Circle Award’, and a ‘Helen Hayes Award’ for Best Lead Actress. In the year 2009, Gurira made her debut in the play ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’ featuring Martha Pentecost. In 2012, her play ‘The Convert’ was co-produced between ‘Goodman Theatre’ and ‘McCarter Theatre’. She won the ‘Whiting Award’ for her play ‘The Convert’ for the best emerging playwright. In 2015, her play ‘Eclipsed’ was starred by Lupita Nyong’o at ‘The Public Theatre’. ‘Eclipsed’ was the first play to premiere all black on Broadway. Later, her play ‘Eclipsed’ was nominated for the ‘Tony Award For Best Play’. But it won the ‘Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Play’.
In Movies And Television Series
In the year 2007, she starred in the movie ‘The Visitor’. For the same movie ‘The Visitor’ she won ‘Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award’ for Best Supporting Actress. Gurira has been unstoppable since then. She made herself a successful actress and was featured in many movies like ‘Ghost Town’, ‘3 Backyards’, ‘My Soul to Take’, and ‘Restless City’. She also starred in some of the hit Television shows like ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’,’Life on Mars’, and ‘Law & Order’. Gurira even appeared in an HBO drama series ‘Treme’. In 2012, Gurira joined hands with the highest rated TV series ‘The Walking Dead’ from its third season. Gurira plays Michonne, who hunts flesh-eating zombies in the series ‘The Walking Dead’. In the year 2017, Gurira was featured in the biographical movie ‘All Eyez On Me’. Gurira played the role of Afeni Shakur, mother of the hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur in the movie, ‘All Eyez On Me’. In 2018, she performed in the Marvel’s film ‘Black Panther’ as Okoye. Gurira received positive criticism for her performance in the movie ‘Black Panther’ as Okoye. Gurira’s next upcoming movie is ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ which is to be aired on April 27, 2018, in the United States. Gurira plays Okoye in the movie ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.
Danai Gurira: Facts To Know
Read on to know more interesting facts about the Black Panther star, Danai Gurira. 1. Gurira has a very loud voice, so her friends in Zimbabwe call her ‘megaphone’. 2. To our surprise, ‘The Walking Dead’ actress never watches horror movies as she hates being scared. 3. Gurira enjoys a good traditional English breakfast with grilled tomato. 4. Gurira signed an open letter began by ‘ONE Campaign’. 5. Gurira founded the non-profit organization ‘Love Our Girls’ that highlights challenges that affect women all over the world.
6. Gurira joined hands with Johnson and Johnson to support and fight against AIDS. 7. Gurira has revealed that the secret super-hero power that she could use is to fly. 8. She loves the television series ‘Breaking Bad’ as it reminds her of her father who is a chemistry professor. 9. Her play, ‘Familiar’ was inspired by her mom’s family. 10. She loves to watch Tennis and is a huge fan of this sport.
Danai Gurria: Net Worth
With her acting experience and playwriting skills, her net worth is roughly estimated to be around 4 million dollars. Her net worth is estimated based on her TV shows, Playwrighting, and movies.
Danai Gurira has every quality of a successful actress. She does justice to every role she performs on screen. With hard work and dedication, she is definitely destined for greatness.