Detective Amanda Rollins

Played by Kelli Giddish

Actor Bio

Kelli Giddish stars as Detective Amanda Rollins in NBC’s critically-acclaimed series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," now in its 19th season.   

Born and raised in Cumming, Ga., Giddish began acting at an early age and was a staple in her high school's theatre department. Additionally, Giddish was an all-star athlete and member of the school’s championship winning softball team.  Giddish attended the University of Evansville in Indiana, where, as a senior, she was an Irene Ryan Award finalist and was thus selected to perform at the Kennedy Center.  She graduated with honors with a degree in performance arts.

Upon her move to New York, Giddish quickly gained work as an actress appearing in Matt Smart's "Shoes," "Bobbi Boland" opposite Farrah Fawcett, and in her self-written one-woman show "Dropsy."  In 2005, she made her small screen debut in "All My Children."  During this time, she starred in the critically acclaimed online series "The Burg" and made a guest appearance on "Law & Order: SVU."  In 2007, Giddish played a supporting lead role in David Connolly’s independent feature “The Understudy.”  Later that year, she made a guest appearance on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," had a recurring role on "Damages" and appeared in Boaz Yakin's feature film "Death in Love" opposite Josh Lucas and Jacqueline Bissett.  

Giddish starred in NBC’s "Chase" and Fox’s "Past Life," and had memorable guest appearances on "Life on Mars,” "Without a Trace” and a popular multi-episode arc CBS’ Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody recognized series "The Good Wife.”  She recently starred in the dark comedy feature film “Breathless” with Gina Gershon, Wayne Duvall, Ray Liotta and Val Kilmer, and guest-starred on NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Fire.”

Giddish lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.  Follow her on Twitter at

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