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Michelle Hurd
Born December 21, 1966 (1966-12-21) (age 43)
New York City, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Garret Dillahunt

Michelle Hurd (born December 21, 1966) is an American stage, film, and television actress. She is married to actor Garret Dillahunt.

Michelle Hurd is the daughter of actor Hugh L. Hurd. She graduated from Saint Ann's School in 1984 and Boston University in 1988, and studied with the Alvin Ailey School. After her graduation from college, she studied at Great Britain's National Theatre[citation needed].

Her Broadway credits include the 1996 Stephen Sondheim-George Furth flop Getting Away with Murder. Other theater credits include Othello, A.M.L., Hamlet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Looking for the Pony[citation needed] at Manhattan Theater Source with her sister Adrienne Hurd. She met her husband, Garret Dillahunt, in 900 Oneonta at Circle Repertory Theater Company. She has won several awards, including the Robbie Award and the California Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for the premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour.

She has also appeared in several movies, including Random Hearts, Personals and as the comic book superhero B.B. DaCosta/Fire in the unshown TV-pilot Justice League of America (1997). After working in television roles such as The Cosby Mysteries, New York Undercover and The Practice, she appeared in a 1997 episode of Law & Order. Her performance as a corrupt FBI informant caught the attention of L&O producer Dick Wolf, who two years later cast her in the spin-off Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Det. Monique Jeffries. She co-starred with Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay for the first season before leaving the series in 2000, but she did appear in the first, seventh and sixteenth episodes of season two, her final appearance being in March 2001. In 2001, she appeared in the Showtime original series Leap Years, where her character was the on and off love interest of a bisexual character played by her real-life husband.

Television roles include parts in Charmed, The O.C., According to Jim, Shark, Bones and Gossip Girl. In 2006 - 2007, she had a recurring role on ER as television news producer Courtney Brown, who became close to Dr. Kerry Weaver.

She played Diana, the leading rôle, in the Washington Shakespeare Theatre Company's 10 February–29 March 2009 production of Lope de Vega's Dog in the Manger.[1][2]

She won a Robbie Award as "best actress" for her work in the West Coast premiere of The Violet Hour at South Coast Repertory. She played in Hamlet at the North Shore Theater.[3][4]


  1. ^ "The Dog in the Manger - 2008-2009 Season Artistic Team and Cast". The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  2. ^ "The Dog in the Manger - 2008-2009 Season - One on One with Michael Hayden and Michelle Hurd". Washington, D.C.: The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Retrieved 2009-03-19. "I most recently played Laurel in Gossip Girl. It was fun for me as I often play cops and lawyers and doctors and this time I had the opportunity to play a mean fashionista ... and wear cute outfits and heels." 
  3. ^ Playbill for Dog in the Manger. Washington, D.C.: The Shakespeare Theatre Company. February–March 2009. p. 20. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Annie (January 21, 2009). "SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY’S 2008-2009 SEASON CONTINUES WITH The Dog in the Manger (press release)" (Press release). Retrieved 2009-03-19. "She has appeared on Broadway in Getting Away with Murder at the Broadhurst Theatre and Off-Broadway in many productions including 900 Oneonta, A.M.L., Looking for the Pony, Hot Keys and Conquering Thursday. Hurd’s regional theatre credits include west coast premier of The Violet Hour at South Coast Repertory, where she won the Robbie Award for best actress and North Shore Theater’s production of Hamlet and her film credits include Random Hearts, Personals, Double Parked, Wolf and King of New York." 

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