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11 November 1931 |
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Spouse(s)||William Sylvester (divorced)
Ian Fordyce (1966-74; divorced)
Hurst was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship to RADA and made her film debut as Joan Webb in Laughter in Paradise (1951) with director Mario Zampi describing her as "one of the greatest potential screen stars I have ever seen". The film featured Alastair Sim, Fay Compton and Guy Middleton. She was then contracted to the Associated British Picture Corporation for seven years. In 1952 she appeared in the critically acclaimed Battle of Britain film Angels One Five, directed by George More O'Farrell and starring alongside Jack Hawkins and John Gregson.
In one of her most popular roles, as Kitty Murray in The Maze (1953), she was loaned out to Allied Artists. The Maze was based on a novel by Maurice Sandoz and directed by William Cameron Menzies. Miss Hurst, then 21, co-starred with actor Richard Carlson. They were supported by Hillary Brooke and Lillian Bond, among others. The film was released in 1953. Like It Came From Outer Space, it is a cult film and helped introduce the 3D Film to film audiences.
Allied Artists retained Hurst for a second film, titled The Royal African Rifles (1953). Her second American feature was directed by Lesley Selander and had a screenplay by Daniel Ullman. Hurst played the daughter of a traitor who assists in smuggling German arms to British East Africa during World War I. Some of her other film credits include The Yellow Balloon (1953), Will Any Gentleman...? (1953), Bang! You're Dead (1954), Don't Blame The Stork (1954), The Gilded Cage (1955), Peeping Tom (1960), Dead Man's Evidence (1962), Live It Up (1963), Licensed to Kill (1965) and The Boy Cried Murder (1965).
Hurst appeared in fifteen films in the 1950s and '60s. By the early 1960s she began to act frequently in both British and American television series. She had roles in The Pursuers (1961), Public Eye (1966), The Baron (1967), Man in a Suitcase (1968), Detective (1968), Market in Honey Lane (1967), The Troubleshooters (1969), Fraud Squad (1970), The Persuaders! (1971), Dixon of Dock Green (1968–71), The Flaxton Boys (1971), and General Hospital (1972–75).
- Laughter in Paradise (1951)
- Angels One Five (1952)
- The Maze (1953)
- The Yellow Balloon (1953)
- Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)
- Storm Over Africa (1953)
- The Girl on the Pier (1953)
- Bang! You're Dead (1954)
- The Gilded Cage (1955)
- Peeping Tom (1960)
- Live It Up! (1963)
- Licensed to Kill (1965)
- "3-D Used In New Suspense Film, The Maze". Ames Daily Tribune. 1 August 1953. p. 8.
- "Arrau, Rabin to Play for Rhapsody; Craig Stevens in Murder Tale". Los Angeles Times. 10 April 1953. p. B9.
- "Veronica Hurst Stars For Second Film". Los Angeles Times. 1 May 1953. p. B7.