What’s Next for Kelli Giddish? How 12 ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Alums Returned to TV

Kelli Giddish Michelle Hurd BD Wong Michaela McManus
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After more than a decade on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Kelli Giddish is back on the job market. The actor played Amanda Rollins on the NBC procedural from its Season 13 premiere in 2011 to the Season 24 episode “And a Trauma in a Pear Tree,” which aired on Thursday, December 8.

Luckily for Giddish, it seems like SVU alums have no trouble finding work. Here’s how a dozen of the show’s former cast members returned to TV in starring, supporting, or recurring roles.

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Michelle Hurd
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Michelle Hurd (Monique Jeffries)

Hurd, now appearing in Star Trek: Picard, starred as ambitious actress Athena Barnes in the 2001 Showtime drama Leap Years.

Diane Neal
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Diane Neal (Casey Novak)

Neal recurred as CGIS Agent Abigail Borin on the CBS procedural NCIS and as attorney Allison Holt on the USA legal drama Suits.

Adam Beach
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Adam Beach (Chester Lake)

Beach played casino manager Tommy Flute on the HBO drama Big Love, then starred in the 2012 Canadian drama Arctic Air.

Michaela McManus
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Michaela McManus (Kim Greylek)

McManus recurred as werewolf Jules on the CW series The Vampire Diaries and later played Tara on the NBC drama Awake.

Stephanie March
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Stephanie March (Alexandra Cabot)

March reprised the role of Alexandra Cabot as the lead of NBC’s Law & Order spinoff Conviction, which aired one season in 2006.

Christopher Meloni
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Christopher Meloni (Elliot Stabler)

Meloni, now headlining Law & Order: Organized Crime, landed his first significant post-SVU TV role on the HBO drama True Blood, on which he played vampire Roman Zimojic.

BD Wong
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BD Wong (George Huang)

Like McManus, Wong also took on a supporting role in Awake after SVU: He played therapist Jonathan Lee in the series.

Tamara Tunie
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Tamara Tunie (Melinda Warner)

After going from SVU series regular to recurring star, Tunie joined the SundanceTV drama The Red Road, playing Lenape leader Marie Van Der Veen.

Danny Pino
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Danny Pino (Nick Amaro)

Pino returned to TV with recurring roles as political advisor Alex Vargas in the ABC thriller Scandal and as Senator Luke Healy in the CBS political satire BrainDead.

Raúl Esparza
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Raúl Esparza (Rafael Barba)

Esparza moved on from his series-regular role on SVU with a recurring role as Jackson Neill on the Hulu drama The Path. Around the same time, he was also cast as millionaire Tom Canter in the NBC pilot Suspicion.

Philip Winchester
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Philip Winchester (Peter Stone)

After exiting SVU in 2019, Stone finally returned to television this year in the Peacock thriller Leopard Skin, on which he plays documentarian Max Hammond.

Jamie Gray Hyder
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Jamie Gray Hyder (Katriona Tamin)

Following her SVU run, Hyder starred as ballerina Natalia Haddad in the Hallmark Movies Now movie Sugar Plum Twist.