Mariska Hargitay
Sergeant Olivia Benson
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Detective Odafin Tutuola
Kelli Giddish
Detective Amanda Rollins
Danny Pino
Detective Nick Amaro
ADA Rafael Barba

Raul Esparza

ADA Rafael Barba

Raul Esparza joins the critically acclaimed NBC series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as the clever and fast-moving ADA Rafael Barba.

A star of stage and screen, Esparza is only the second actor to receive Tony nominations in all four eligible acting categories.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware and raised in Miami, Florida, Esparza studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He first drew attention when his performance as Riff Raff in the 2000 Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show" won him the Theatre World Award. The following year he appeared off-Broadway in "tick, tick... BOOM!" and garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

Esparza is a four-time Tony Award nominee and was recognized by the Drama Desk awards six times, including wins in 2004 ("Taboo"), 2007 (Sondheim's "Company") and 2008 ("The Homecoming"). Other Broadway credits include "Cabaret," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Speed-the-Plow," "Arcadia" and most recently, "Leap of Faith," written by "SVU" executive producer Warren Leight and directed by Christopher Ashley.

Esparza made his film debut in 2006 in Sidney Lumet's "Find Me Guilty" and subsequently appeared in features such as "Trouble in the Heights" and Wes Craven's "My Soul to Take." His television credits include "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "A Gifted Man," "666 Park Avenue," "Hannibal" and a recurring role on ABC's "Pushing Daisies."

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