- “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” has had plenty of celebrity guest stars during its long run.
- Elizabeth Banks, Carol Burnett, and Sarah Paulson all played murderers on the crime drama.
- Other celebrity guest villains include Henry Winkler, Robin Williams, and Hilary Duff.
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She played Lori, a teenage gymnast responsible for killing a fellow student in the hopes of snagging a spot on an elite gymnastics team.
She guest-starred on season three, episode seven as Jaina, the porn-star wife of a fellow adult performer, who gets caught for killing the nefarious producer behind her career.
But on season three, episode 20, he crossed over to the dark side as the businessman husband of a victim of rape who, as it’s later discovered, had been falsifying his identity to scam his wife out of her money.
His character, Terry Jessup, was a disturbed victim of abuse whose own trauma played a role in his choice to kidnap and assault young girls.
After wrapping on that series, and starting his adult career, Savage guest-starred on season four, episode 22 of “SVU.”
His character, Michael Gardner, was a serial rapist who chose to represent himself in court, much to assistant district attorney Alex Cabot’s chagrin.
In 2004, she played Emma, a sister who’s always been jealous of her twin brother, which leads her to be suspected of his (and others’) murder on season five, episode 23.
On episode 18, he played Sebastian Ballentine, a psychic who offers his services to the SVU crew as they investigate the rape and kidnapping of a teenage girl. But his offer turns out to be less than innocent.
She played a young victim on season two, but on season six, episode 15, her character was less innocent. Panettiere’s character, Angela, was friends with the episode’s victim, Lisa.
Although it turns out she didn’t kill the episode’s original victim, Angela was connected to the murder of the doctor who was treating Lisa for HIV.
Instead, her character, Lorraine Dillon, worked alongside her daughter to sedate and sexually assault wealthy men in an effort to get pregnant (and get rich off of the situation).
On season eight, episode seven, he played Victor, a pimp accused of murdering a prostitute under his employment. During the episode, he escapes from prison and kidnaps another past victim, and the SVU team is forced to kill his character to save the victim.
When he discovers she’s been having an affair, he murders his wife.
But on season nine, episode one, she delivered an exceptional performance as Janis, a woman suspected of child abuse who shows symptoms of multiple personality disorder.
Nixon’s performance garnered so much attention that she walked away with an outstanding guest actress Emmy for the role.
When the SVU team investigates her techniques, they find them highly sadistic, and she’s eventually tried for criminally negligent homicide.
On episode six, he played Robert Morten, a hyper-manipulative serial killer whose mentee is on trial for a copycat murder.
On episode 17, Robin Williams played Merritt Rook, an audio engineer with a real distaste for authority, who the SVU team believes is using tech tricks to incite a sexual assault.
She played Jennifer, a high-achieving student at an elite prep school harboring a murderous envy for her genius roommate. Hyland gave a tightly-wound performance crackling with rage and intensity, a far cry from her comedic stylings as Haley Dunphy.
On episode 16, she played Birdie Sulloway, a former dancer with some black-widow tendencies.
She played Ashlee, a young mom being investigated by the SVU team about her 1-year-old daughter’s murder.
This episode seemed to take inspiration from the Casey Anthony trial, and Duff delivered a compelling performance.
Paulson played Anne Gillette, a wealthy socialite who inherits a lot of money after her parents’ shocking murder. But it doesn’t take long for the SVU team to pinpoint Anne as the main suspect.
On season 12, episode 22, he took on the role of Ken, a seemingly charming attorney who’s fixated on having children and is determined to get as many as possible, no matter the cost.
Her resume includes parts on dozens of TV series, including “SVU.” She guest-starred on season 13, episode 21 as a teacher engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage student.
His “SVU” run as Lewis was eight episodes long, but Schreiber also has a minor role as a different character on an episode back on season eight.
On season 16, episode 11, she did stint as Lydia, a talent manager with a client under suspicion for rape and assault. But, as so often happens on “SVU,” LuPone’s seemingly sidelined character turns out to be the mastermind behind her client’s implication.
He took on a two-episode arc as Chief Charles Patton, Detective Rollins’ former boss from Atlanta, who she suspects of raping a junior officer while in NYC for a conference.
He played Gary Munson, a prison guard accused of multiple rapes, who ultimately shoots and kills a member of the SVU team.