The first and second seasons of the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit may be long gone, but viewers will never forget the face of the lady who played the role of New York Police Detective, Monique Jeffries. If anything, Michelle Hurd’s popularity from the series has trailed her into several other movies roles. She has so far made appearances on no less than 70 films, TV series, theater acts, and even video games. Surely Hurd’s incredible track record has translated into monetary and more importantly, non-monetary returns. This article gives you a peek into all of that.
Who Is Michelle Hurd?
Michelle Hurd was born on 21st December 1966 in New York City, USA, to the family of Hugh L. Hurd and Dr. Merlyn Purdy. Her father was an actor and producer, while her mother was a New York-based psychologist. Young Hurd, alongside her sisters, Adrienne and Denise, spent a good part of her early life in New York City where she attended Saint Ann’s School. Her sister Adrienne is a famous actress and dancer. Much later, they collaborated in the Manhattan Theater project Looking for the Pony. After graduating high school in 1984, she proceeded to Boston University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1988. When she graduated from college, Michelle Hurd then went to study acting at the London National Theater.
Michelle Hurd’s Fact Card
How Did She Begin?
Work began for Michelle Hurd in the late 1980s when she made a cameo appearance in the 1989 film, Rude Awakening. However, she did not appear in any other film until about a decade later. In that period, Hurd went all into theater performances and TV series – and turned out good.
One of her earliest theater appearances was in the 1990 play, The Constant Couple, in which she portrayed the character Lady Lurewell. It would be six whole years before she makes her Broadway debut, starring as Charmaine in the 1996 play Getting Away with Murder. In the years that followed, Hurd would star in several Broadway acts including, 900 Oneonta, Othello, The Violet Hour, Hamlet, A.M.L. and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was while working on 900 Oneonta that Hurd met Garret Dillahunt who became her close friend and later, husband.
Rise to Prominence
Moving into the late 1990s, Michelle Hurd began making more television appearances especially in series such as New York Undercover (1994–1995), Players (1997), The Practice (1997) and The Cosby Mysteries (1997). Around that period, Hurd joined the cast of the Law & Order franchise and appeared as a corrupt FBI informant in a 1997 episode of the series. Her incredible performance on the series got noticed by the producer Dick Wolf.
Her big moment came two years later in 1999 when Wolf cast her in the first two seasons of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. This time, she was playing the role she would be most known for, Detective Monique Jeffries of the New York Police Department. Within the first season of the series, Hurd co-starred alongside Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni. She would leave the main cast a year later only to reappear in the episodes one, seven and sixteen of the second season.
In the ensuing years, Hurd appeared in other TV roles including According to Jim, Charmed, Shark, The O.C., Gossip Girl and Bones. She would later co-star with her future husband in the Showtime TV series Leap Years (2001-2002). In 2006, Hurd played the role of Katherine, in an episode of the series Kidnapped. While filming for Kidnapped, she was playing a recurring role on the series ER (2006-2007) as TV news producer Courtney Brown.
In 2009, her roots, theater, came calling again. This time, Michelle Hurd played the lead role Diana in the production of Dog in the Manger. Fast forward into the new decade, another big moment came for the actress in 2016 when she was cast in the role of Shepherd in the widely-received TV series Blindspot. She played the main role in the second season of the series, a guest role in the third season and a recurring role in the fourth. Today, Hurd continues her work, especially in films and TV series. In 2020, she appeared as Maxine in the horror-comedy film, Bad Hair. And as Raffi Musiker in the series, Star Trek: Picard (2020).
What Are Her Achievements?
Put together, Michelle Hurd’s work has given her a rare track record in the television space. In 2002, she received the Robbie Award as well as the California Theater Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. This was for her incredible performance in The Violet Hour. Her three-decade career has yielded not only awards and recognition but also a huge stack dollar bills.
Who Is Her Husband?
Michelle Hurd has been married to Burn Notice star, Garret Dillahunt, since 2007. The couple first met while working on the theater production of 900 Oneonta at the Circle Repertory Theater Company. What she calls a stroke of fate was somewhat of a replay of how her parents had met each other decades earlier. What began as a friendship soon waxed romantic and after dating for almost ten years, they exchanged vows on July 6, 2007.
Like his wife, Garret is also an actor whose major roles have been on TV series too. Together, they have collaborated on several projects including Showtime’s Leap Years (2001). As of this writing, there are no records of the couple having kids of their own.
How Much Is She Worth Today?
As of 2020, sources aggregate Michelle Hurd’s net worth to be $3 million. However, what she makes annually, as well as her other assets such as houses are not listed yet. What’s no secret however is, by marriage, Hurd also lays claim to her husband’s $4 million fortune.