Stephanie March

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Stephanie March
Born Stephanie Caroline March
(1974-07-23) July 23, 1974 (age 40)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Education B.A. in Theater and Hispanic Studies, Northwestern University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Television Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Spouse(s) Bobby Flay (2005-present)

Stephanie Caroline March (born (1974-07-23)July 23, 1974) is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Alexandra Cabot on the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Early life[edit]

March was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of John Abe March IV and wife Laura Len (née Irwin) and the sister of Charlotte.[1] She has German, Dutch, Irish, and English ancestry.[citation needed] She attended Highland Park High School, the same high school Angie Harmon (of the original Law & Order) attended; March was a sophomore when Harmon was a senior. She began performing in plays in high school. In 1996 she graduated from the School of Speech (now School of Communication) at Northwestern University, where she majored in Theater and Hispanic Studies and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.


At Northwestern, she played Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Chicago, where she continued to pursue her stage career.[citation needed]

In 1999, March made her Broadway debut in the highly acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, opposite Brian Dennehy. Her other career highlights include roles on the television series Early Edition and in the TV movie Since You’ve Been Gone.

She has also appeared in the Chris Rock comedy Head of State and the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie vehicle Mr. & Mrs. Smith. March also appeared in a 2009 story arc on Rescue Me as a psychic.

March posed for Maxim Magazine in 2000 and also performed in the Broadway premiere of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, starring Liev Schreiber, in 2007. She more recently also starred in Howard Korder's Boy's Life alongside Jason Biggs. She also played Cissy Hathaway in the TV movie Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006) starring Tom Selleck.

March appeared in the 2009 film The Invention of Lying as the woman Ricky Gervais's character tells the world will end unless she has sex with him.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Conviction[edit]

Her biggest career success to date has been her role as Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on the NBC crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role she played from 2000 to 2003. She departed in the season 5 episode "Loss", when Cabot is shot and placed in witness protection. She returned to the series for a six-episode arc season in season 10 and then continued as a main character in season 11. After her departure near the end of season 11, she returned again in season 13 as a recurring character.

March reprised her role as Cabot, now the Bureau Chief ADA of the homicide bureau, on the short-lived NBC courtroom drama Conviction, which debuted in spring 2006. The show, which was part of the Law & Order universe, only lasted one 13-episode season before being cancelled.

Personal life[edit]

March lives in New York City. She married celebrity chef Bobby Flay on February 20, 2005.[2] She has appeared on four of Flay's Food Network shows—Boy Meets Grill, Grill It! with Bobby Flay, Iron Chef America, and Throwdown with Bobby Flay—as a guest judge.

March became a celebrity ambassador to World of Children Awards in January 2010.[3] She gave up her birthday to World of Children on July 23, 2010, to raise money for the non-profit.[4] Additionally, she serves as a board member for Safe Horizon, an organization that provides support, prevents violence, and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse.[5]

March is a vocal advocate for women's rights and a supporter of Planned Parenthood. Her great-grandmother, Ruby Webster March, founded the West Texas Mother's Health Center in 1938, and the center is now a part of Planned Parenthood of West Texas.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Focus Room Kim
Head of State Nikki
2005 Mr. and Mrs. Smith Julie (Associate #1)
2006 Flannel Pajamas Cathy
The Treatment Julia
Copy That Stephanie
2007 East Broadway/Falling For Grace Kay Douglas
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Department Store Manager Scene Deleted - Uncredited
2009 The Invention of Lying Blonde
2013 Innocence Completed
TV Appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Early Edition Arlene Episode: "A Bris Is Just a Bris"
2000 Death of a Salesman Miss Forsythe TV film
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ADA Alexandra Cabot Seasons 2-5
Season 6 episode: "Ghost"
Seasons 10 & 11
Season 13[7]
2003 HBO First Look Herself Episode: "Head of State"
What America Eats with Parade' Herself/Host TV series
2006 Celebrity Weddings: In Style Herself
Jesse Stone: Night Passage Cissy Hathaway TV film
Conviction Bureau Chief ADA Alexandra Cabot All 13 episodes
30 Rock Gretchen Thomas Episode: "Blind Date"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Jane Episode: "Physical Attraction... Chemical Reaction"
2008 E! True Hollywood Story Herself Appeared in the Mariska Hargitay episode
2009 Rescue Me Psychic Episode: "Jimmy"
2012 Made in Jersey Natalie Minka Episode: Pilot
2013 Happy Endings Brooke Kerkovich Episode: "Brothas and Sisters"


  1. ^ "Stephanie March Biography (1974-)". Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Stephanie March, Bobby Flay". The New York Times. 20 February 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Actress Stephanie March Joins World of Children as Celebrity Ambassador". Business Wire. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Giving Up My Birthday for World of Children". Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
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  6. ^ "Stephanie March: The state of Texas vs. its women". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Law & Order: SVU Scoop: Stephanie March, Diane Neal Heading Back to Court". TV Line. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 

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