Kelli Giddish and her 3 Law & Order Characters

Many actors have played multiple characters on Law & Order. Sometimes, they move from one series to another, starting out on Criminal Intent and ending up on Special Victims Unit. It goes lots of ways. In this new series, we will examine these actors one at a time and chronicle their progression through the ranks.

Kelli Giddish

Kelli has done it all. Through Law & Order, she’s seen her roles go from victim, to criminal, to detective.

First appearance

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 8, Episode 12, “Outsider” (16 January 2007) — Here Kelli plays Kara Bawson, the second known victim of the rapist in the episode. She plays a rich socialite, the daughter of a wealthy real estate tycoon. (This episode is also the first appearance of Canadian Saulteaux actor Adam Beach as Detective Chester Lake.)

Second appearance

Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Season 7, Episode 5, “Depths” (1 November 2007) — Kelli plays Dana Stipe, an underwater treasure diver who is one of the main suspects in the murder of two other treasure hunters. She definitely fenced some coins that were salvaged illegally. But did she murder those divers? You gotta watch it to find out, no spoilers here. (She sure looks guilty in this screencap, though, amiright?)

Permanent character

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (From September 2011) — Kelli, we’re so proud of you! You got a permanent character! As Detective Amanda Rollins, she partners with Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) to solve the city’s especially heinous crimes—butt crimes!