A New York born and bred actress from an acting family that included father Hugh Hurd, a noted performer and civil rights activist, and two older sisters with stage credits, Michelle Hurd began her career in late 1980s with a bit role in the comedy feature "Rude Awakening" (1989). Concentrating on studying her craft, the attractive player with the multi-ethnic background of Irish, German and Jamaican heritage wouldn't reappear on the big screen until a 1994 cameo in Mike Nichols' "Wolf". That same year she was featured in the syndicated action TV-movie "Vanishing Son II". With periodic work on the NBC soap "Another World" to her credit, Hurd began a recurring role on the Fox series "New York Undercover", playing an assistant district attorney in 1995 and 1996 episodes. She stayed in the legal/crime genres with guest work on a 1995 episode of "The Cosby Mysteries" (CBS) and 1997 entries of both "Law & Order" (NBC) and "The Practice" (ABC).