Michelle Hurd

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Michelle Hurd (b. December 21, 1966) is an African American stage, film, and television actress.

Michelle Hurd is the daughter of actor Hugh Hurd. She graduated from Saint Ann's School in 1984 and Boston University in 1988. After her graduation from college, she performed with Great Britain's National Theatre. Her Broadway credits include Othello, Hamlet, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She won several awards, including the Robbie Award and the California Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

She has also appeared in several movies, including Random Hearts and Personals. After working in television roles such as The Cosby Mysteries, New York Undercover and The Practice, she appeared on a 1997 episode of Law & Order. Her turn as a corrupt FBI informant caught the attention of L&O producer Dick Wolf, who two years later cast her in the spinoff 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. She was in the first episode of season two.

Recent television roles include The O.C. and According to Jim.

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