13 April 1980, Cumming, Georgia, USA
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Is an American television, stage, and film actress. She is known for her role as Diana Henry on the ABC's daytime drama All My Children (2005–2007). She is also known for her leading roles in the short-lived TV series Past Life (2010) and Chase (2010–2011). Giddish currently stars in the NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective Amanda Rollins.Career
Born in Cumming, Georgia, she joined the cast of All My Children in March 2005, creating the role of Di Henry.
Giddish graduated with honors from the University of Evansville in Indiana where she majored in Theatre Performance. After graduating, she decided to move to New York City to pursue her acting career.
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.
She also appeared in the film Death in Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and created the role of Courtney in the popular web series The Burg (theburg.tv).
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.
It was announced on May 18, 2009 that Fox had officially placed Past Life on their Midseason 2010 schedule to air at 9:00 PM EST on Tuesdays.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.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.
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 coniciding with the departing Christopher Meloni.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.
In an interview with TV Guide prior to the 13th season premiere/Giddish's debut episode as Detective Amanda Rollins, "Scorched Earth", Giddish says 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 is confident that viewers will warm up to Rollins and 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.
At the end of season 13 of Law & Order: SVU, she and co-star Danny Pino weighed-in on their first season and both Giddish and Pino say they 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. "Were still playing 'musical chairs' in terms of partners, and that’s a great way to go about exploring the different characters." Pino added, "That’s what you hope for when you’re putting it down on paper and discussing what you want to play. I had [pre-season] conversations with [showrunner] Warren Leight, and you hope that starts materializing — and it did. And that bodes well going into Season 14.
Giddish's partner on the show primarily is Ice-T, who has portrayed Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola since the 2nd season, Ice-T praised both Giddish and Pino in the wake of Chris 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." He continued with, "Danny came in, strong. Kelli came in, strong. And we shut down the doubters.
Year Film Role Notes
2005 Witches of the Caribbean Clara
2005–2007 All My Children Diana 'Di' Henry
2006 Walls Sara
2006–2009 The Burg Courtney 13 Episodes (Web Series)
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kara Bawson
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dana Stipe
Damages Heather Macdonald 2 Episodes
2008 The Understudy Simone
All's Faire Cindy Web Series
Without a Trace Ariana Murphy 1 Episode
2009 Life on Mars Carol 1 Episode
2010 Past Life Dr. Kate McGinn Lead role, 9 episodes
2010–2011 Chase U.S. Marshal Annie Frost Lead role,18 episodes
2011 The Good Wife Sophia Russo 3 Episodes
2011–Present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Amanda Rollins Season 13