|Born||Brooklyn, New York|
|Alma mater||Mount Holyoke College|
|Notable work||Orange is the New Black|
Life and career
Hurst was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1974. 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. 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. Hurst was placed in a 16-day coma so doctors could perform surgeries close to her spine.
In January 2015 Hurst appeared in the third series of the British television drama series Last Tango in Halifax.
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Reporter #2|
|1995||Blue in the Face||Statistician|
|1996||I Shot Andy Warhol||Nedicks Manager|
|2001||Just Visiting||Pawnshop Broker|
|2003||In the Cut||Teacher|
|2004||Poster Boy||Professor Silver|
|2010||A Little Help||Eileen|
|2010||All Good Things||Newscaster|
|2011||I Don't Know How She Does It||Nurse|
|2012||Frances Ha||Theater Manager|
|2014||Hard Sell||Nurse Parker|
|1995||New York Undercover||Ms. Ellis||Episode: "Brotherhood"|
|1995||New York News||ER Nurse||Episode: "Welcome Back Cotter"|
|1996||Law & Order||Ms. Nevins||Episode: "Corpus Delicti"|
|1997||Law & Order||Public Defender||Episode: "We Like Mike"|
|1998||Law & Order||Pizza Lady||Episode: "Monster"|
|2000||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Gloria Milton||Episode: "The Third Guy"|
|2000||Cosby||Ms. Summers||Episode: "Thursday's Child"|
|2000||Sex and the City||Nurse||Episode: "Running with Scissors"|
|2000||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||ACS Social Worker||Episode: "Legacy"|
|2001||Law & Order||Simone Adams||Episode: "School Daze"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Audrey||Episode: "The Pilgrim"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Vita Weldon||Episode: "Desperate"|
|2003||Life on the Line||Dr. Morgan||Television movie|
|2004||Rescue Me||Case Worker||Episode: "Revenge"|
|2004||Third Watch||Judge Connie Allen||Episode: "Leap of Faith"|
|2009||The Good Wife||Judge Hester James||Episode: "Home"|
|2010||Blue Bloods||Councilwoman Collins||Episode: "Re-Do"|
|2012||NYC 22||Deputy Chief Rosalind Adamczyk||Episode: "Samaritans"|
|2013||Orange Is the New Black||Claudette Pelage||12 episodes|
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
|2014||Broad City||Mary||Episode: "Destination Wedding"|
|2015||Last Tango in Halifax||Ginika||Episode #3.4|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Housekeeper||Episode: "December Solstice"|
- "Biography for Michelle Hurst", IMDB, July 19, 2013
- "Forum Focuses on Black Women in the Media March 5–6". Mount Holyoke College. February 27, 2004. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014.
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- "Watch Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Dascha Polanco, Vicky Jeudy In 4 'Orange Is the New Black' Clips|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
- "'Orange is the New Black' Actress Seriously Injured, Stars Ask for Donations". Variety. January 16, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
- "'Orange Is the New Black' Star Michelle Hurst - Seriously Injured in Car Accident, Placed in Medically-Induced Coma". TMZ.com. January 16, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
- "Orange Is the New Black's Michelle Hurst Wakes Up From Coma After Car Accident | E! Online UK". Eonline.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
- Gilbert, Gerard (December 23, 2014). "Sir Derek Jacobi on 'Last Tango in Halifax' and being just an ordinary fella". The Independent. Independent Media Group. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Last Tango in Halifax: Series 3 - Episode 4". Radio Times. Retrieved January 13, 2015.