Det. Amanda Rollins
played by Kelli Giddish
  • Character bio
  • Actor bio

Amanda Rollins is a detective assigned to the Special Victims Unit after moving to New York City from Atlanta, Georgia.

She has a sister, Kim, who is addicted to drugs and has mental health issues and a dog named Frannie that she dotes on. Shas a bachelor's degree in forensic science.

Kelli Giddish, most recently seen in a multi-episode arc on CBS' Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody recognized series "The Good Wife," has joined the upcoming season of NBC's long-running, critically-acclaimed series "Law & Order: SVU" as Detective Amanda Rollins.

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 on "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." Following her departure from "All My Children" 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 Jaqueline Bissett.

Most recently, Giddish starred as the lead in NBC's "Chase" and Fox's "Past Life," and had memorable guest appearances on "Life on Mars" and "Without a Trace."