Actress and director Mariska Hargitay is the daughter of Hollywood icon Jayne Mansfield and bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay. She got her start on television on the 1986 drama series Downtown, but it wasn't until 1999 that she landed her breakout role as Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Mariska has gone on to appear as Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Chicago P.D., Saturday Night Live, and Law & Order: Organized Crimes, the spinoff starring her former partner, Elliot Stabler. She has also won an Emmy and Golden Globe award for the role.
In 2004, Mariska married fellow actor Peter Hermann, who she met on the set of Law & Order: SVU. In 2006, the couple welcomed their son, August, and in 2011, they adopted their daughter, Amaya, and their second son Andrew.
Along with acting, Mariska is the founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that provides support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
Full Name: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Birthday: January 23, 1964
Relationship Status: Married to Peter Hermann
Net Worth: $100 million
Fun Fact: Mariska is fluent in five languages: English, French, Hungarian, Spanish, and Italian
Latest Mariska Hargitay News and Updates
'Law & Order: SVU' Actor Ice-T Dishes on Bensler's Years-Long Love Story (EXCLUSIVE)Will Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler ever get together on 'Law & Order: SVU'? Actor Ice-T weighs in on Bensler's years-long love story.
Which ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Cast Member Earns the Highest Salary?What are the 'SVU' cast's salaries like? The crime procedural has been running for 23 seasons, and fans wonder how much the actors make.
Is Captain Olivia Benson Heading to 'Organized Crime' Permanently?Is Olivia Benson about to leave the 'SVU' Squad? Plus, is this the final season of 'Law and Order: SVU'?
Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler Finally Talked About the Letter — What's Next?What did Elliot Stabler's letter to his ex-partner, Olivia Benson, say? Stabler and Benson discussed the letter in the 'Law & Order' crossover event.
Fans Believe That Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni Must Have Dated IRLDid Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni ever date? A photo makes fans think that Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler might be a thing on and off-screen.
Mariska Hargitay Can Thank 'Law & Order' for Her Career, Husband and Adorable Family'Law & Order: SVU' star Mariska Hargitay met her husband, Peter Hermann when he guest-starred on the show. Here is everything you need to know about the couple and their three kids!
Mariska Hargitay Was Hospitalized Following Some Serious InjuriesMariska Hargitay shocked fans when she shared an image to social media in which she appeared to be injured, but what happened to her? Details.
The Internet Fell Apart When Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler Reunited on 'SVU'After many years, Elliot and Olivia reunited on 'SVU.' But will a romance between them be explored? Here are all the details.
Here's Why Mariska Hargitay Briefly Left Us During Season 8Here's why Mariska Hargitay, aka Olivia Benson, was absent from Season 8 of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.' Keep reading for details.
A Deleted 'SVU' Scene Clears up Confusion About Whether Olivia Benson Had an AbortionIn Season 20, Olivia Benson and Amanda Rollins have an important conversation about past regrets that has many fans wondering if she had an abortion.
Here's a Breakdown of Everyone Olivia Benson Has Ever Dated on 'Law & Order: SVU'We take a walk down memory lane to remember all of Captain Olivia Benson's boyfriends on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'. Details inside.
A Timeline of Trauma: Olivia Benson From 'SVU' Has Survived Her Share of Sexual AssaultOne big question that has been coming back since Day 1 on ‘Law & Order: SVU’ is “was Olivia Benson raped?” Keep reading to find out.
Here's an 'SVU' Refresher on How Noah Became Olivia Benson's SonHow did Olivia Benson end up with adopted son Noah? Here’s been playing a more important party in the story as he gets older. Details!