Cast Member

Detective Olivia Benson

Mariska Hargitay

Emmy Award winner Mariska Hargitay stars as Olivia Benson, a dedicated and emotionally driven detective on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
In 2011, Hargitay garnered her eighth Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series and won the 2006 Emmy for that category and her sixth SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Detective Benson.
Committed to ending violence and abuse and caring for those who have survived it, Hargitay spends as much time off screen dealing with these crimes as she does on set as Detective Olivia Benson. Inspired by her role on "SVU," Hargitay created the Joyful Heart Foundation to shed light on the darkness that surrounds these issues. Since its inception in 2004, Joyful Heart has directly served over 13,500 individuals through its unique Healing & Wellness programs and connected over 1.5 million individuals through its website, blogs and social media efforts.
Prior to "SVU," Hargitay starred on NBC's "ER" as Cynthia Hooper. She gained notice as a cast regular on the sitcom "Can't Hurry Love and starred on the NBC drama, "Prince Street." Other television credits include "Seinfeld," "Ellen," "Thirtysomething" and David Lynch's "Hotel Room." Hargitay also appeared in the telefilms "The Advocate's Devil," "Night Sins" and the Lifetime movie "Plain Truth." Her film credits include appearances in "The Love Guru" and the critically-acclaimed "Leaving Las Vegas."