Kelli Giddish

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Kelli Giddish
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Giddish at Comic Con 2009
Born (1980-04-13) April 13, 1980 (age 39)
EducationForsyth Central High School
Alma materUniversity of Evansville
Years active2005–present
Lawrence Faulborn (m. 2015)
Parent(s)Charles Giddish
Nita Giddish

Kelli Giddish (born April 13, 1980)[1] is an American television, stage, and film actress. She plays the role of NYPD Detective Amanda Rollins in the NBC television legal crime drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011–present), previously portrayed Di Henry on the ABC soap opera All My Children (2005–07), starred in the Fox crime drama series Past Life (2010); and the NBC crime drama series Chase (2010–11).[2]

Early life[edit]

Giddish was born in Cumming, Georgia. She is the daughter of Charles and Nita Giddish, and has a brother named Eli.[1] Her paternal grandfather nudged her interest in acting along by taking her to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.[3] Her maternal grandmother was also very supportive of her interests.[3] She was also an athlete and member of her high school's championship softball team.[2] Giddish graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana, where she majored in Theatre Performance.[1]


2005-2010: Early career[edit]

Giddish portrayed Diana Henry on soap opera All My Children from 2005 to 2007.[2] In July 2007, it was confirmed by Soap Opera Weekly magazine that Giddish and All My Children parted ways in a mutual decision and that she would make her final appearance as Di on September 19, 2007. Giddish appeared in the thriller film Death in Love (2008), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and played the role of Courtney in the web series The Burg. The same people responsible for The Burg also created All's Faire in which Giddish played the role of Cindy.

Giddish, Nicholas Bishop, and Ravi Patel were cast in Fox's reincarnation drama pilot Past Life. The WBTV-produced reincarnation project revolved around past-life investigators. Giddish played a Ph.D. in psychology and cognitive research who believes in reincarnation.[4] It was announced on May 18, 2009 that Fox had ordered Past Life to series, airing midseason 2010 at 9:00 PM EST on Tuesdays.[5] It premiered on February 9, 2010, and was canceled on February 18.

Giddish starred as the central character, U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, in the police procedural drama Chase, which premiered on NBC in fall 2010.[6] Giddish received rave reviews for her ability to play the lead character in the series, but it was pulled in early February 2011. On April 6, 2011, NBC decided to air five new episodes of Chase on Saturday nights with the first beginning on April 23, 2011.[7]

2011–present: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[edit]

In January 2007, Giddish guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the episode "Outsider" as rape victim Kara Bawson.

It was announced on June 27, 2011 that Giddish would join the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its thirteenth season along with Cold Case's Danny Pino coinciding with Christopher Meloni's departure from the series.[8] Giddish told TV Guide during summer filming; "Everybody on the set is really excited and energized. They've lost a family member with Chris Meloni leaving, but they've been very accepting of us. Amanda is thrilled to be here working with these people, and so am I."[9]

Giddish made her debut as Detective Amanda Rollins in the 13th-season premiere, "Scorched Earth", in which the character first works alongside Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). In an interview with TV Guide, Giddish said about her character, "My character is in complete awe of Olivia, Amanda's really eager to get in there because she knows her stuff and really eager to learn. She has come from Atlanta and there was a ceiling there, so she's come up to New York." Giddish felt great about joining the series in its 13th season, "I couldn't feel better about it. ... There's no intimidation, what attracted me was the prospect of re-invigorating a franchise that's been so well-known and so well-liked, and then to be the shaker and mover." Giddish expressed confidence that viewers would warm up to Rollins and another new character, Nick Amaro (Pino), with time. "They're going to love us because it's not being forced in their faces," she says. "The more you know about us and the more you see us in your living room, the more you're hopefully going to love us."[10]

At the end of season 13 of Law & Order: SVU, she weighed in on her first season, and she said she and Pino received not only a "very warm welcome" from SVU's cast and crew, but saw their respective characters explored more than they could hope for in their first season. "They've given me a lot to work with — and I hope they give me more next season," says Giddish. "We're still playing 'musical chairs' in terms of partners, and that's a great way to go about exploring the different characters."[11]

Giddish's castmate Ice-T, who has portrayed Detective Odafin Tutuola since the show's second season, praised both Giddish and Pino in the wake of Meloni's departure, "We had to regroup, like a football team," said Ice-T. "The quarterback changed, but we still had to move the ball down the field. And we did well... Danny came in, strong. Kelli came in, strong. And we shut down the doubters."[11]

Other works[edit]

In May 2018, Giddish appeared in the music video for “All Love is Lost” by Body Count, Giddish's fellow Special Victims Unit co-star Ice-T's band from their newest album Bloodlust, which also features Soulfly lead singer and former Sepultura founder Max Cavalera.

Personal life[edit]

Giddish married Lawrence Faulborn on June 20, 2015, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.[12] She gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Ludo, in October 2015.[13] Giddish gave birth to the couple's second child, a son named Charlie, in November 2018.[14][15][16] Both of her pregnancies were written into Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Witches of the Caribbean Clara
2006 Walls Sara Short film
2008 Death in Love Young Mother
2008 The Understudy Simone
2012 Breathless Tiny


Year Title Role Notes
2005–07 All My Children Diana "Di" Henry Series regular
2006–09 The Burg Courtney Web-series, 13 episodes
2007 Damages Heather MacDonald Episodes: "Sort of Like a Family", "Because I Know Patty"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dana Stipe Episode: "Depths"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kara Bawson Episode: "Outsider"
2008 All's Faire Cindy Web-series
2008 Without a Trace Ariana Murphy Episode: "Rise and Fall"
2009 Life on Mars Carol Episode: "Coffee, Tea or Annie"
2010 Past Life Dr. Kate McGinn Series regular, 9 episodes
2010–11 Chase Annie Frost Series regular, 18 episodes
2011, 2014 The Good Wife Sophia Russo Episodes: "Getting Off", "Closing Arguments", "A New Day", "The Line"
2011–present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Amanda Rollins Series regular
2014 Chicago Fire Episode: "Nobody Touches Anything"
2014–15 Chicago P.D. Episodes: "Conventions", "They'll Have to Go Through Me", "The Number of Rats"


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