Danai Jekesai Gurira was born on February 14, 1978 in Grinnell, Iowa, to Josephine Gurira, a university librarian, and Roger Gurira, a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. She is an American actress and playwright who her parents came to the United States from Southern Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe, in 1964.
Danai attended high school at Dominican Convent High School. Afterwards, she returned to the United States to study at Macalester College, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Gurira also earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
She is popularly known for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series, and as the writer of the Tony Award-winning play Eclipsed.Other movies she has featured in are; The Visitor, Ghost Town, Mother of George, Restless City and many others. Her height is 1.7 m.