born June 10, 1965
Hurley gained early recognition for her beauty in the early 1980s when she won a Face of the Year competition at a local newspaper in Winchester, securing a year's modeling contract with a prestigious London firm as the first prize.
She made her first film appearance in Aria (1987), and attracted some media attention in the late 1980s for portraying the title character in a four-part television drama, Christabel, written by Dennis Potter. During this time, she appeared in several low-budget British and Hollywood films, including a performance as a stewardess in the 1992 thriller Passenger 57. She also appeared on television on both sides of the Atlantic, working in the British series Rumpole of the Bailey and the George Lucas-produced The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
In 1987, while working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento, when she was an obscure actress, Hurley met actor Hugh Grant and they started a long romantic relationship. In 1994, Grant's film Four Weddings and a Funeral was an international box office success and Grant became an overnight global star, garnering the focus of much media attention