Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay is an American actress. She is most known for playing Detective Olivia Benson on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999, which earned her an Emmy and Golden Globe award. Hargitay has also appeared on TV series such as DowntownTequila and BonettiCan't Hurry Love and ER. In 2004, she founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, devoted to domestic violence and child abuse survivors.
Mariska Hargitay
Full Name
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Santa Monica, CA


Who is Mariska Hargitay's husband?

Mariska Hargitay married actor Peter Hermann on Aug. 28, 2004. According to PEOPLE, they met on the set of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.'

How old was Mariska Hargitay when she started on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'?

Mariska Hargitay was 35 when 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' debuted on Sept. 20, 1999.

How did Mariska Hargitay hurt herself?

In June 2021, the 'New York Post' reported that Mariska Hargitay broke her ankle while leaving a movie theater. She attended a 'Black Widow' screening in the Hamptons.

Why did Mariska Hargitay leave 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit?'

Mariska Hargitay briefly left 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' in 2006, during season 8, to give birth to her first child, August. Hargitay's character, Detective Benson, was written to be on an undercover assignment. Actress Connie Nielson, who portrayed Detective Danielle Beck, replaced Hargitay during her maternity leave.

How many kids does Mariska Hargitay have?

Mariska Hargitay has three children with her husband, Peter Hermann: August Miklos Friedrich, Amaya Josephine and Andrew Nicolas.

Who raised Mariska Hargitay?

According to the 'Los Angeles Times,' Mariska Hargitay was raised by her father, Mickey Hargitay, and his third wife, Ellen Siano. Hargitay's mother, Jayne Mansfield, was killed in a car accident when Hargitay was 3 years old.

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