Michael Hurst

Mostly Credited As: Michael Hurst
Sometimes Credited As: Edith Sidebottom
Billy Wagstaff

Birth Name: Michael Eric Hurst
Date Of Birth: September 20, 1957 (Age 58)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Lancashire, England
Height: 5' 6" (1.67 m)

Michael Hurst

Michael Hurst was born in England but his family moved to Christchurch, New Zealand when he was 8. He is the oldest of three brothers, Mark, Stuart, and Nicholas. Around the age of 14 Michael began to get into theater, doing things for school plays such as acting, directing, and painting sets. After a year at the University of Canterbury he joined the Court Theatre for a two year training program. When he was 22 he was accepted into the Theatre Corporate in Auckland. He spent 7 years working there, making Chair in 1985. Between 1982 and 1991he acted in or directed over 20 plays. In 1987 he became the first New Zealand actor to be contracted to Australia when he won the role of D’Artagnan in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Three Musketeers. In 1991 he founded the Watershed Theatre and became known as an authority on Shakespear. He was the first actor cast in 1993 for the Renaissance Pictures interpretation of Hercules. He played the best friend and sidekick of Hercules for 6 years. Michael has acted and directed in the world of television, movies, theater, and radio. He has had a succesful carreer working in acting, directing, writing, dancing, and singing, and stage fight and fencing choreography. He is also a fencing champion.

Michael is married to award-winning New Zealand actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand and together they have two sons. He and Jennifer are the Patrons of The Auckland Performing Arts Centre.

Film Credits

New Blood (1999)
I'll Make You Happy (1998)
Desperate Remedies (1994)
Dangerous Orphans (1987)
Death Warmed Up (1985)

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Maddigan's Quest (2006)As: Maska
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1994)As: Iolaus
Episode Cast Credits 

The Almighty Johnsons (2011) 
  Does This Look Like Asgard? 02x13: (May/23/2012) As Kvasir 
  You Call This the Real World? 02x12: (May/16/2012) As Kvasir 
  The House of Jerome 02x11: (May/09/2012) As Kvasir 
  And Then She Will Come To You 02x01: (Feb/29/2012) As Kvasir 

Legend of the Seeker (2008) 
  Revenant 01x13: (Feb/28/2009) As Amfortas 

Andromeda (2000) 
  The Knight, Death, and the Devil 02x20: (May/04/2002) As Ryan 

Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) 
  You Are There 06x13: (Feb/10/2001) As Interviewer 
  The Quest 02x13: (Feb/03/1997) As Iolaus 
  Mortal Beloved 01x16: (Feb/12/1996) As Charon 
  Prometheus 01x08: (Nov/06/1995) As Iolaus 

Jack of All Trades (2000) 
  Shark Bait 02x02: (Oct/14/2000) As Captain Nardo da Vinci 

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1994) 
  My Best Girl's Wedding 05x21: (May/15/1999) As Iolaus II 
  Fade Out 05x20: (May/08/1999) As Iolaus II 
  Love on the Rocks 05x18: (Apr/24/1999) As Iolaus II 
  The Academy 05x17: (Mar/27/1999) As Iolaus II 

The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985) 
  The Long Rain 06x06: (Sep/19/1992) As Lieutenant Simmons 
  The Toynbee Convector 05x08: (Oct/26/1990) As Roger Shumway 

The New Adventures of Black Beauty (1990) 
  The Birdman 01x08: (Oct/20/1990) As Kurt 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Legend of the Seeker (2008)• Director
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010)• Producer

Episode Crew

Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
Fire in the Hole 01x07 Dec/12/2015 As: Director
The Killer of Killers 01x06 Dec/05/2015 As: Director
The Almighty Johnsons (2011) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
The Asparagus Is Kicking In 03x08 Aug/22/2013 As: Director
Typical Auckland God 03x07 Aug/15/2013 As: Director
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010) (Credited in 7 episodes from this show) 
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The Dead and the Dying 03x09 Apr/05/2013 As: Director
Decimation 03x04 Feb/22/2013 As: Director
Chosen Path 02x06 Mar/02/2012 As: Director
Fugitivus 02x01 Jan/27/2012 As: Director
Revelations 01x12 Apr/09/2010 As: Director
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
Paterfamilias 01x03 Feb/04/2011 As: Director
Legend of the Seeker (2008) (Credited in 6 episodes from this show) 
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Unbroken 02x21 May/15/2010 As: Director
Vengeance 02x17 Apr/17/2010 As: Director
Hunger 02x12 Feb/20/2010 As: Director
Baneling 02x02 Nov/14/2009 As: Director
Reckoning 01x22 May/23/2009 As: Director
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) (Credited in 6 episodes from this show) 
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To Helicon and Back 06x15 Feb/24/2001 As: Director
Who's Gurkhan? 06x04 Oct/28/2000 As: Director
Antony & Cleopatra 05x18 Apr/24/2000 As: Director
Lifeblood 05x16 Mar/13/2000 As: Director
A Tale of Two Muses 04x06 Nov/07/1998 As: Director
Jack of All Trades (2000) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
One, Two, Three, Give Me Lady Liberty 02x06 Nov/18/2000 As: Director
The Morning After 02x04 Nov/04/2000 As: Director
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1994) (Credited in 6 episodes from this show) 
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Greece Is Burning 05x15 Feb/20/1999 As: Director
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge 05x07 Nov/14/1998 As: Director
Faith 05x01 Oct/03/1998 As: Director
One Fowl Day 04x17 Apr/04/1998 As: Director
...And Fancy Free 04x08 Nov/29/1997 As: Director
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Attended Papanui High School

Attended University of Canterbury for 1 year

Family moved to Christchurch, New Zealand when he was 7

Married to actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand since 1988

Son, Jack Louis Ward Hurst born January 25, 1997

son, Cameron Lane Ward Hurst born December 2, 1999

The eldest of three brothers

Recipient of 2003 Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand

Appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit "for service to film and the theatre" in 2005

Named "Best Actor" in 2005 Metro magazine reader's poll

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