Danai Jekesai Gurira (born February 14, 1978 in Grinnell, Iowa) is an American-Zimbabwean actress and playwright.
Gurira is best known for playing the katana-wielding Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book series of the same name. Having joined the cast in its third season, Michonne quickly became one of the show's most popular characters, and Gurira's performance has earned her much acclaim in critical circles.
Outside of The Walking Dead, Gurira appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje bodyguarding unit assigned to Black Panther. She first appeared in his 2018 solo film, and then Avengers: Infinity War later that year. She also played Afeni Shakur —mother of Tupac— in his 2017 biopic All Eyez on Me.
In addition to acting, Gurira is also an accomplished playwright, and her 2016 production Eclipsed (featuring Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong'o) received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
- My Soul to Take (2010) as Jeanne-Baptiste
- Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) as Fury (voice)
- All Eyez on Me (2017) as Afeni Shakur
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2018 — present) as Okoye:
- Treme (2011 — 2011) as Jill
- The Walking Dead (2012 — 2020) as Michonne Hawthorne
- Untitled Rick and Michonne series (2023)