Law and Order: SVU is one of the most popular crime shows on television today. It tells the story of the Special Victims Unit, a police force specifically dedicated to helping solve sexually-based crimes in New York City. Although the core cast has remained the same, there have been a wide variety of celebrity guest stars that have appeared on the show throughout the nearly 20 years it has been on the air. While the list could go on forever, here are a few of the most famous faces that have graced the set of SVU.
1. Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin is known for her role as Vicky on Suddenly Susa, hosted her own reality show, and co-hosted a New Year’s Eve television special with Anderson Cooper. On Law and Order: SVU, she appeared on the “P.C.” episode in Season 11. Her character, Babs Duffy, is a leader of a lesbian rights group who accuses police officers of neglecting the deaths of lesbians due to homophobia.
2. Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried is known for her roles in Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, and Dear John, and will star in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. However, she was also seen on Season 6’s “Outcry” episode of Law and Order: SVU. In this episode, Seyfried plays Tandi McCain, a high schooler who was missing. She said she was raped by construction workers, but her story changes multiple times throughout the episode.
3. Daveed Diggs
Daveed Diggs is an actor known for originating the roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton: An American Musical. He had a starring role in the movie Wonder and a recurring role on Black-sh. On Law and Order: SVU, he played Counselor Henderson for two episodes, including “A Misunderstanding,” where he defends a couple young men who were accused of attacking a woman. He co-starred alongside fellow Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr. in the “Community Policing” episode.
4. Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere, known for her roles in Heroes, Nashville, and a variety of other TV shows and movies, appeared in two episodes of SVU. In Season 2’s “Abuse” episode, she plays Ashley Austin Black, who injures herself with the intent of gaining her parents’ attention. In “Hooked,” an episode in Season 6, She plays Angela Agnelli, a high school prostitute who goes on to kill her doctor.
5. Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland is known for playing Hayley Dunphy on Modern Family, but she has been seen in a number of other TV shows and movies, including Law and Order: SVU. When she guest starred on SVU in Season 10’s “Hothouse” episode, she plays Jennifer Banks, a woman who has admitted to killing her roommate following a psychotic meltdown.
6. John Stamos
John Stamos is most famous for playing Uncle Jesse on Full House and its reprise, Fuller House, though his first big break came on General Hospital, where he played foster child Blackie Parrish. On his episode of SVU, which was “Bang” in Season 12, he plays Ken Turner, a reproductive abuser who has over 20 children who are spread across the United States.
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