Your favorite New York City detectives are back in full force for their eighteenth and final season of "Law & Order SVU", which premieres Wednesday night at 9 pm.
Part of what makes this show so great (besides the undeniably incredible cast) are the familiar faces that enter the lives of Detective Olivia Benson and the Special Victims Unit.
After 18 seasons we've seen everyone from Academy Award winners to teen heartthrobs. In New York City, the dedicated actors who (sometimes) commit these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the guest stars of SVU. These are their stories.
“Remorse” (Season 1, Episode 20)
SVU Role: Jennifer Esposito plays television reporter Sarah Logan who discusses her rape during her segments which leads to the arrest of a suspect.
Known for: Esposito has had roles in “Spin City”, “Samantha Who?”, “Blue Bloods” and “NCIS”.
“Abuse” (Season 2, Episode 11) and “Hooked” (Season 6, Episode
SVU Roles: In season 2, Panettiere plays Ashley Austin Black who intentionally injures herself in order to get attention from her parents. In season 6, she plays Angela Agnelli, a high school prostitute who kills her doctor.
Known for: Most recently, Hayden Panettiere plays country superstar Juliette Barnes on “Nashville.” She also played cheerleader/superhuman Claire Bennet on “Heroes.”
“Hothouse” (Season 10, Episode 12)
SVU Roles: In “Hothouse”, Sarah Hyland plays the highly intelligent Jennifer Banks, who suffers from a psychotic breakdown and admits to the murder of her roommate.
Known for: Sarah Hyland currently plays the vapid Hayley Dunphy on sitcom “Modern Family.”
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