Danai Gurira Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Danai Jekesai Gurira was born on 14 February 1978, in Grinnell, Iowa USA, of Zimbabwean descent. Danai is a playwright and actress, best known for being part of the television series “The Walking Dead” playing the character Michonne. She was also creator of the play “Eclipsed” which stars Lupita Nyong’o. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Danai Gurira? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $500,000, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. Aside from television, Danai is well known for her work in theatre and has made her share of independent films. She’s also done voice work, and as she continues her career, her wealth will likely increase.

Danai Gurira Net Worth $500,000

Before Danai was born, her parents moved to the United States away from Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). After the country’s independence, the family would move back to Zimbabwe and Danai attended the Dominican Convent High School. She returned to the United States to study at Macalester College, and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Afterwards, she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Acting.

She started her career by focusing as a playwright to further strengthen her acting skills. She co-starred in and co-wrote the play “In the Continuum” which led to several awards including a Helen Hayes Award and Outer Critics Circle Award – the play focused on the story of two women who were travelling the world after they had contracted the AIDS virus. Danai then made her Broadway debut in a play entitled “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” and this won her another award. In 2015, she wrote the play “Familiar” which is a story about family, life, and cultural identity. Around six years earlier, she also wrote the play “Eclipsed”, but which didn’t gain significant popularity until 2015. The play starred Lupita Nyong’O, and it was about three women who lived as sex slaves to a rebel commander. These two plays in 2015 would win numerous awards, including a Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Play.

Aside from theatre, Gurira made her acting skills well known through independent films. She won an award for her performance in “The Visitor”, and then appeared in other films such as “My Soul to Take”, “3 Backyards” and “Restless City”. She also found opportunities to make guest appearances in television shows such as “Law & Order”, “Life on Mars”, and “Treme”. In 2013, she starred in the independent film “Mother of George”, which gained critical acclaim, and she was then cast to work on the biopic “All Eyez on Me”.

Her most popular role to date would be in the AMC show “The Walking Dead”. She was announced to be in the cast for the show in 2012, and appeared in the third season as the katana-wielding Michonne.

For her personal life, it is known that Danai can speak four languages, namely Shona, French, Xhosa, and English. She has also spent time teaching in countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Liberia. Aside from these, she maintains an active lifestyle and has learned to ride horses because of “The Walking Dead”. There is no public information on any relationships the star might be involved in.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 14, 1978
Birth place: Grinnell, Iowa, United States
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Profession:Actress
Education:Tisch School of the Arts, Macalester College
Nationality:American
Parents:Roger Gurira, Josephine Gurira
Siblings:Shingai Gurira, Tare Gurira, Choni Gurira
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1She was born in Iowa but lived in her parents' native Zimbabwe from age 5 until age 18, when she returned to the U.S. to attend college.
2She has two older sisters, Shingai and Choni, and an older brother, Tare.
3She was awarded the 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Writing for "The Convert," in a co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
4She was awarded the 2013 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Playwright for "The Convert" co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
5When Gurira's play "Eclipsed" was produced at the Yale Repertory Theater in 2009, the lead role of "the Girl" was performed by actress Adepero Oduye and understudied by then-Yale Drama School student Lupita Nyong'o. A few years later, Oduye and Nyong'o both acted in the film 12 Years a Slave, and Nyong'o won an Oscar for that performance. When the same play was produced at New York's Public Theater six years later, Nyong'o this time played the lead role.
6She was nominated for a 2007 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "In the Continuum", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.


Quotes

#Quote
1I 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.
2[on preparing to play a sword-wielding zombie slayer in 'the Walking Dead']I do have some dings on my apartment wall from tricks I was attempting at home. I don't advise that.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actress on TelevisionThe Walking Dead (2010)
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Actress, Motion PictureMother of George (2013)
2008Best Supporting ActressMethod FestThe Visitor (2007)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Walking Dead (2010)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest ActressMother of George (2013)
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Breakthrough Performance, FemaleMother of George (2013)
2014Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressMother of George (2013)
2013WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressMother of George (2013)
2011Invisible Woman AwardWomen Film Critics Circle Awards3 Backyards (2010)
2008Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceThe Visitor (2007)· Richard Jenkins
· Hiam Abbass
· Haaz Sleiman

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble CastThe Visitor (2007)· Richard Jenkins
· Hiam Abbass
· Haaz Sleiman


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Panther2018filmingOkoye
All Eyez on Me2017completedAfeni Shakur
The Walking Dead2012-2017TV SeriesMichonne
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast2014VideoFury (voice)
Mother of George2013Adenike Balogun
Treme2010-2011TV SeriesJill
Restless City2011Sisi
My Soul to Take2010Jeanne-Baptiste
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesMichelle Russo
American Experience2010TV Series documentarySarah Steward
3 Backyards2010Woman in Blue Dress
Law & Order2009TV SeriesCourtney Owens
Life on Mars2009TV SeriesAngela
Ghost Town2008/IAssorted Ghost
The Visitor2007/IZainab
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2004TV SeriesMarei Rosa Rumbidzai

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far2016TV Movie documentary special thanks
Kuhani2013Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Talking Dead2012-2017TV SeriesHerself / Herself - 'Michonne' / Herself - Guest / ...
Good Morning America2015-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Chew2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far2016TV Movie documentaryHerself / Michonne
Live with Kelly and Michael2014-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - The Walking Dead
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2016 Tony Awards2016TV MovieHerself
Black Girls Rock!2016TV SpecialHerself
Conan2014-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself
PBS NewsHour2016TV SeriesHerself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHerself
The View2013-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
American Music Awards 20142014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
BELLOmag Presents: A Conversation with Danai Gurira2014TV MovieHerself - Guest
StuTV2014TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - The Walking Dead
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon2013TV SpecialHerself
Katie2013TV SeriesHerself
The Walking Dead: A Decade of Dead2013TV Short documentaryHerself
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 17th Annual Satellite Awards2012TV MovieHerself - Winner: Best Ensemble, Television
Last Call with Carson Daly2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Moving Pictures Live!2010TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHerself

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