Full Name: Danai Gurira
Conference: The BLESSED Conference, 10th seed
Birthday: Feb. 14, 1978 (age 35) | Height: 5’7″
Birthplace: Grinnell, Iowa, USA
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Danai Gurira is a playwright and actress who plays the samurai sword wielding Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead. She was cast as the fan-favorite role after Rutina Wesley was falsly rumored for the role. Interestingly enough, Danai earned her spot in the Girlfriend Bracket after Rutina Wesley was disqualified for being married. She also has a reoccurring roll on HBO’s Treme.
Danai’s parents are from Zimbabwe where she grew up after her family moved back when she was five. In 2007, she was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for her performance at The Goodman Theatre’s In The Continuum which she also wrote. Other notable writing credits include her stage play Eclipsed, a show about three women abducted to be sex slaves to a rebel commander near the end of the Liberian civil war.