Walking Dead: Dead City actress has ties to Fear the Walking Dead

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In the premiere episode of The Walking Dead: Dead City, many new characters are introduced, and several are killed off in this episode. One new character that may have been very familiar to viewers is the bar owner, played by Michelle Hurd. She has a lengthy career and is well-known for many of her roles, but did you know she also has a tie to Fear the Walking Dead?

This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: Dead City season 1, episode 1, “Old Acquaintances.” 

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Lauren Cohan and Charlie Solis Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/AMC /

At the beginning of this episode, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) goes into a bar and talks with a bartender (Charlie Solis). Listening in is Hurd’s character, who doesn’t like the questions Maggie is asking.

She has Maggie followed and believes she is a spy for someone named Vasquez. When she attempts to cut off Maggie’s nose, Maggie attacks and makes quick work of the bar owner and her two henchmen. Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) walks in, and Maggie chases after him but is tripped up by Ginny (Mahina Napoleon).

Later in the episode, the bar owner is visited by New Babylon Marshals Perlie Armstrong (Gaius Charles), Fritz (David Chen), and Jano (Trey Santiago-Hudson). Armstrong asks about the whereabouts of Negan, a wanted man in New Babylon. When he gets the information he wants from her, he feeds her to the “groaners” for a capital office:  Code 14, Section 8, aiding and abetting.

The Walking Dead: Dead  City – Michelle Hurd

If you don’t already know, Michelle Hurd’s tie to Fear the Walking Dead is that her husband, Garett Dillahunt, played John Dorie in that series. The couple recently celebrated their 27th anniversary.

What else does Michelle Hurd star in?

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Garret Dillahunt and Michelle Hurd (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images) /

Hurd is well known for her role as Raffi Musiker in Star Trek: Picard and Ellen “Shepherd” Briggs in Blindspot. She has also starred in other series, including Hawaii Five-O, Lethal Weapon, Ash vs Evil Dead, Daredevil, The Glades, Gossip Girl, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and more.

Next, she will star in a rom-com, Anyone But You, with Sydney Sweeney, Glen Powell, and Dermot Mulroney, releasing in December 2023. She will also star in an indie film, Somewhere in Montana with Graham McTavish, and another rom-com, The Plus One. 

Hurd will star in Kemba, a drama that chronicles the life of criminal justice reform advocate Kemba Smith, played by Nesta Cooper. Smith was charged as a co-conspirator in her boyfriend’s drug trafficking crimes, then sentenced to 24.5 years in federal prison without parole. This movie also stars fellow TWDU actor Ethan McDowell (Washington on TWD).

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