Det. Elliot Stabler
played by Christopher Meloni
  • Character bio
  • Actor bio

A seasoned veteran of the unit, Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) thinks he's seen it all. However, investigating violent sex crimes often provides a surprising twist or two to his job. Stabler has little patience for the despicable criminals he and his partner, Detective Benson, investigate, which is evident when his temper flares. Detective Stabler is married with children.


A native of Washington, D.C., Christopher Meloni returns to the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for his sixth season as "Detective Elliot Stabler."

"Stabler and I are alike in that we're focused on our job and couldn't see doing anything else with our lives," says Meloni about his character. "He's a rock solid guy, with a great capacity for compassion, the ironic, and the absurd. He can relish the small triumphs when they come and doesn't allow the horrors of his job to infect him." Meloni is familiar with difficult work, spending a few years in construction before beginning his acting career.

Meloni is well known to television audiences for his portrayal of the duplicitous inmate "Chris Keller" on HBO's hard-hitting critically praised series Oz. Additionally, he has appeared in a series of memorable guest-starring roles on some of network television's most acclaimed series such as Homicide: Life on the Street as well as NYPD Blue, in which Meloni played "Jimmy Liery," the volatile undercover target of Emmy Award-winner Kim Delaney's "Detective Russell." Meloni also starred in the series Leaving L.A., several miniseries including In A Child's Name"and Mario Puzo's The Last Don, and the telefilms Shift and Dominick Dunne Presents: Murder in Greenwich.

Meloni's film credits include Runaway Bride in which he appeared as Julia Roberts' fiancé . He has also been seen in such diverse films as Bound, 12 Monkeys, Junior, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Wet Hot American Summer, co-starring Janeanne Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. Meloni also appeared in the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

An avid traveler, Meloni has explored from Turkey to Bali and is searching for points in-between to visit. He also enjoys weightlifting, playing basketball, football, and chess and is a martial arts enthusiast. Meloni resides in New York with his wife and daughter.