Danai Jekesai Gurira was born on February 14, 1978, in Grinnell, Iowa, to a Zimbabwean mother and father.
The popular actress, who is known for her roles in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame was born to a university librarian, Josephine Gurira and a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Roger Gurira. Her parents came to the United States from Zimbabwe in 1960.
She moved to Zimbabwe with her family at age of five after the country gained independence and she attended the Dominican Convent High School in Harare during her later years. She moved back to the United States to attend college afterwards.
She has a brother who is a chiropractor and two sisters – Choni Gurira and Shingai Gurira.