A New York born and bred actress from an acting family that included father Hugh Hurd, a noted performer and civil rights activist, and two older sisters with stage credits, Michelle Hurd began her career in late 1980s with a bit role in the comedy feature "Rude Awakening" (1989). Concentrating on studying her craft, the attractive player with the multi-ethnic background of Irish, German and Jamaican heritage wouldn't reappear on the big screen until a 1994 cameo in Mike Nichols' "Wolf." That same year she was featured in the syndicated action TV-movie "Vanishing Son II." With periodic work on the NBC soap "Another World" to her credit, Hurd began a recurring role on the Fox series "New York Undercover," playing an assistant district attorney in 1995 and 1996 episodes. She stayed in the legal/crime genres with guest work on a 1995 episode of "The Cosby Mysteries" (CBS) and 1997 entries of both "Law & Order" (NBC) and "The Practice" (ABC).
A performer comfortable and capable both on stage and screen, Hurd racked up theater credits in productions including Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's "Getting Away With Murder" and the Circle Repertory Company's comedy "900 Oneonta" (both 1996). In 1998, the actress appeared in the independent comedy feature "Personals" and acted in a recurring role on the UPN sitcom "Malcolm & Eddie." 1999 saw her continue this comedy streak with a guest role on the short-lived Hollywood-skewering sitcom "Action" (Fox), but it was her portrayal of Detective Monique Jeffries on NBC's highly-rated spin-off series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" during the 1999-2000 season that would offer Hurd the most exposure as well as the chance to play a uniquely interesting and multifaceted character.
Paired with Richard Belzer's perennially cranky Detective John Munch on the series, Hurd's Jeffries got in more jabs than she took in constant verbal matches, while she also showed a caring side to her no-nonsense persona in dealings with victims. Moving from a recurring to a regular role, Hurd was given increased screen time and more intense storylines, a move that would benefit both the show and her burgeoning career. She left the series, though, after just one season in order to pursue other ventures.
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Made feature debut with a cameo as a student in the comedy "Rude Awakening"
Originated role of assistant district attorney Dana Kramer on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"; reprised part in 1994 and 1995
Had a recurring role as an assistant district attorney on the Fox police series "New York Undercover"
Portrayed a hooker in Mike Nichols' "Wolf"
Appeared in the syndicated action TV-movie "Vanishing Son II"
Guest starred on episodes of the CBS series "The Cosby Mysteries" and "New York News"
Acted in the Circle Repertory Company's production of "900 Oneonta", an odd comedic look at an eccentric, well-to-do Louisiana family
Was featured as a murder victim in the short Broadway run of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth mystery play "Getting Away With Murder"
Guest starred on episodes of "Law & Order", "Players" (both NBC) and "The Practice" (ABC)
Had a recurring role on the UPN series "Malcolm & Eddie"
Acted in the independent comedy feature "Personals"
Guested on an episode of the short-lived sitcom "Action" (Fox)
Had a supporting role in the romantic drama "Random Hearts", starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas
Played featured role in the independent drama "Double Parked"
Had co-starring role in the Showtime series "Leap Years"