Michelle Hurst is an American actress. She is most recently known for her role of Miss Claudette in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Hurst attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, earning a BA in Theater Arts in 1974. She trained professionally with James Cavanaugh, David LeGrant, and Michael Howard of Michael Howard Studios.
Ms. Hurst's extensive career spans film, television, and theatre, her roles ranging from judges, lawyers and doctors to irate mothers, ghostly slaves, and Henry James. She also sings, does voice-over work, and narration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while weighing 600 pounds.