Diane Neal

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Diane Neal
Diane Neal - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.JPG
Neal at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in June 2012
Born (1976-11-17) November 17, 1976 (age 40)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Notable credit(s) Casey Novak on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Spouse(s) Marcus Fitzgerald (m. 2005–14)
Website www.dianeneal.org

Diane Neal (born November 17, 1976[1]) is an American actress best known for her role as Casey Novak on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which she played from 2003 to 2008, then reprised her role from 2011 to 2012. She has portrayed Coast Guard Investigative Service Special Agent Abigail Borin in the NCIS franchise since 2009, appearing as an annual special guest star in NCIS since its seventh season, and as a recurring guest star in NCIS: New Orleans.

Life and career[edit]

Diane Neal in 2008.

Neal was born in Alexandria, Virginia,[1] the daughter of Colleen, a math teacher, and Christopher Neal, a federal attorney. She was raised in Ohio.[2]

Neal first appeared in SVU as a guest star, playing a female rapist in the season 3 episode "Ridicule". Neal first appeared as Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak in the show's fifth season, replacing Stephanie March, who played Alexandra Cabot.

Neal portrayed Novak through the end of season 9, when the character exited the series after being censured by the New York State Bar. In 2011, Neal reprised her role as Novak in the season 12 episode, "Reparations", when Novak returned to SVU as their temporary ADA. After that appearance, she became a recurring character in season 13. She was last seen in the episode "Valentine's Day". Neal said of her return to the series in season 13 to TV Guide, "It's back on track to what the original SVU was intended to be, which is about sex crimes and crimes against children, it's got more of a nitty-gritty feel." She says that March's and her return to the fictional universe of the series provided a familiarity for viewers following original cast member Chris Meloni's departure. "I think they should put us in the court room together!" she says about March.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Cleopatra (voice) English version
2003 Dracula II: Ascension Elizabeth Blaine Video
2003 Second Born Natasha
2005 Dracula III: Legacy Elizabeth Blaine Video
2007 BelzerVizion Dr. Ryan Short film
2011 Dirty Movie Nancy
2013 Newlyweeds Manny
2013 Mr. Jones The Scholar
2013 Santorini Blue Florist—"Flowers of the World"
2014 After Kat
2014 Warden's Ransom, AA Warden's Ransom Warden Samantha Brandt
2015 Emissary, TheThe Emissary Christine Short film, completed


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Ed Vanessa "Loyalties"
2001 Fling Prudence Fisher "At the End of the Day"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Amelia Chase "Ridicule"
2002 American Embassy, TheThe American Embassy Molly "Pilot"
2002 Hack Patricia Bennet "Husbands and Wives"
2003 Future Tense TV film
2003–2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit A.D.A. Casey Novak Main cast 2003–2008, recurring role 2009–2012
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury A.D.A. Casey Novak "Day"
2008 30 Rock Erin "Reunion"
2009 My Fake Fiancé Bonnie TV film
2010 White Collar Kimberly Rice "Front Man"
2010–2014 NCIS CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin Recurring role
2012 Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man Attorney Kim Fletcher "In Case of Complications"
2012–2014 Suits Allison Holt "Break Point", "Blood in the Water", "No Way Out"
2013 Captain Blackout Daphne TV film
2013 This Magic Moment Helena Harris TV film
2014 Power Cynthia Sheridan Recurring role
2015 NCIS: New Orleans CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin "The Abyss", "The Walking Dead", "Rock-a-Bye Baby"
2015 Following, TheThe Following Lisa Campbell "Demons", "A Simple Trade", "The Reckoning"
2015 Blue Bloods Kelly Blake "Hold Outs"


  1. ^ a b "Big D". DianeNeal.com. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Law & Order: SVU's Diane Neal - Diane Neal". People.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  3. ^ Ross, Robyn (August 9, 2011). "VIDEO: Law & Order: SVU's Diane Neal Says Season 13 Has a Nitty-Gritty Feel". TV Guide. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 

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