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 38)
Alexandria, Virginia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Marcus Fitzgerald (2005-2014)
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 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]

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

Diane Neal in 2008.

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 Film/TV Role Other notes
2001 Fling Prudence Fisher 1 episode
2001 Ed Vanessa episode: "Loyalties"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Amelia Chase episode: "Ridicule"
2002 The American Embassy Molly 1 episode
2002 Hack Patricia Bennet episode: "Husbands and Wives" (episode # 1.7)
2002 Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre Cleopatra (voice, English version)
2003–08, 2011–12 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ADA Casey Novak Main cast season 5–9 (2003–08), guest star season 12 (2011),

recurring season 13 (2011–12)

2003 Dracula II: Ascension Elizabeth Blaine
2003 Second Born Natasha
2003 Future Tense TV
2005 Dracula III: Legacy Elizabeth Blaine
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury ADA Casey Novak 1 episode
2005 Celebrity Charades Herself 1 episode
2006 InStyle: Celebrity Weddings Herself 1 episode
2007 Wheel of Fortune Herself 1 episode
2008 30 Rock Erin O'Neal episode "Reunion" (episode # 3.5)
2008 net_work Herself webisode "Space Emergency" (episodes 1 and 2)
2009 My Fake Fiancé Bonnie TV
2010 Dirty Movie White Lady
2010 Santorini Blue Florist
2010 White Collar Special Agent Kimberly Rice "Front Man" (episode 1.13)
2010–present NCIS CGIS Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Abigail Borin six episodes; annually returning special guest, seasons 7-12.
2011 After Kat
2012–14 Suits Allison Holt "Break Point" (episode 2.05), "Blood in the Water" (episode 2.12), "No Way Out" (episode 3.16)
2013 Mr. Jones The Scholar
2013 This Magic Moment Helena Harris TV
2014 Power Cynthia Sheridan Recurring character (season 1)
2014 A Warden's Ransom Warden Samantha Brandt TV movie
2015 NCIS: New Orleans CGIS Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Abigail Borin three episodes, special guest star.
2015 The Following Lisa Campbell five episodes


  1. ^ Big D
  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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