Who Knew ‘Walking Dead’ Had An African Connection?

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Walking Dead, the no.1 TV series in the US among the coveted 18-49 demography for the entire 2013 heretofore has just aired episode 1 of season 4 on October 13, 2013 in the US. But wait, did you ever ask yourself who is the real woman behind the character of Michonne, the mysterious woman who first appeared in season 3 armed with a katana towing two arm less zombies in shackles?

This gorgeous 35-year-old actress, who is also a playwright , ladies and gentlemen, is Danai Gurira. She is a Zimbabwean – American born in Iowa on February 14, 1978  but was raised and educated in Zimbabwe, Africa.

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She attended Grinnell High School and Macalester College  for her secondary and tertiary education. She earned her Master in Fine Arts degree at the New York University. She has already won numerous acting and writing awards and has appeared on several prime time TV series in the US like Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Life on Mars, and Lie  to Me. She played the lead role in Mother of George, an independent drama film which premiered on Sundance Film Festival and joined the Walking Dead Season 3 in March 2012.

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In an interview on PBS, Danai talks about her goal of transcending African Expression on American Soil.In another interview on Goodman Theatre, Danai states that, “That’s kind of the thing I aim for: The universal. The more specific you get in your cultural expression, the more human you’re going to get.”

On the lighter side, for now, in Season 4 of The Walking Dead, let’s all expect Danai, aka “Michonne” to help mankind survive the zombie apocalypse as she continues to defend the last surviving humans and destroy nasty zombies. Keep it up girl!

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Sources: Wikipedia, Goodman Theatre, Huffington Post, AMCTV.Com

Images – Getty: Danai attending the  21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at Pacific Design Center  in West Hollywood, California.