Michelle Hurst

Michelle Hurst
Born Brooklyn, New York
Alma mater Mount Holyoke College
Occupation Actress
Notable work Orange is the New Black

Michelle Hurst is an American actress, best known for her role as Miss Claudette Pelage in the first season of Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black.

Life and career

Hurst was born in Brooklyn, New York.[1] She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1974.[2] She began her career in theatre, and in the 1990s began appearing in television and film. Hurst is known for her multiple roles in various Law & Order television shows. She co-starred in films like Airheads, Smoke, Stepmom and Sherrybaby.

Hurst starred as Miss Claudette Pelage in the first season of the Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black in 2013.[3] This role earned Hurst, along with the main cast, a Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series. She left the show after a single season. On Christmas of 2013, she was seriously injured in a car accident.[4] Hurst was placed in a 16-day coma so doctors could perform surgeries close to her spine.[5][6]

In January 2015 Hurst appeared in the third series of the British television drama series Last Tango in Halifax.[7][8]



1989Born on the Fourth of JulyReporter #2
1995SmokeAunt Em
1995Blue in the FaceStatistician
1996I Shot Andy WarholNedicks Manager
1997Office KillerKate
2001Just VisitingPawnshop Broker
2003In the CutTeacher
2004Poster BoyProfessor Silver
2006SherrybabyDorothy Washington
2008ChokeShapely Nurse
2010A Little HelpEileen
2010All Good ThingsNewscaster
2011I Don't Know How She Does ItNurse
2012Frances HaTheater Manager
2014Hard SellNurse Parker
2017PermissionDr. Bennett


1995New York UndercoverMs. EllisEpisode: "Brotherhood"
1995New York NewsER NurseEpisode: "Welcome Back Cotter"
1996Law & OrderMs. NevinsEpisode: "Corpus Delicti"
1997Law & OrderPublic DefenderEpisode: "We Like Mike"
1998Law & OrderPizza LadyEpisode: "Monster"
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitGloria MiltonEpisode: "The Third Guy"
2000CosbyMs. SummersEpisode: "Thursday's Child"
2000Sex and the CityNurseEpisode: "Running with Scissors"
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitACS Social WorkerEpisode: "Legacy"
2001Law & OrderSimone AdamsEpisode: "School Daze"
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentAudreyEpisode: "The Pilgrim"
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVita WeldonEpisode: "Desperate"
2003Life on the LineDr. MorganTelevision movie
2004Rescue MeCase WorkerEpisode: "Revenge"
2004Third WatchJudge Connie AllenEpisode: "Leap of Faith"
2009The Good WifeJudge Hester JamesEpisode: "Home"
2010Blue BloodsCouncilwoman CollinsEpisode: "Re-Do"
2012NYC 22Deputy Chief Rosalind AdamczykEpisode: "Samaritans"
2013Orange Is the New BlackClaudette Pelage12 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
2014Broad CityMaryEpisode: "Destination Wedding"
2015Last Tango in HalifaxGinikaEpisode #3.4
2015Law & Order: Special Victims UnitHousekeeperEpisode: "December Solstice"


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