Surprisingly, there are SO many celebrities who guest-starred on Law & Order. In fact, if you ever find yourself watching a rerun, chances are that you'll spot a familiar face in the episode! Here are thirteen (out of many) celebrities who guest-starred on Law & Order:
1 Emily Vancamp
Revenge’s Emily VanCamp guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU back in 2007, playing the wild daughter of a mob lawyer. You can watch her in season 8, episode 14, "Dependent"! She's just one of many celebrities who guest-starred on Law & Order.
2 Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder made an appearance in Law & Order: SVU season 4, episode 20, about a killing spree that was targeted at couples.
3 Paul Wesley
Another TVD actor?! Paul guest-starred on SVU's first episode of season two back in 2000. He played a character that was burned to death - yikes!
4 John Krasinski
Just before making a name on The Office, John guest-starred on Criminal Intent, season 3, episode 11.
5 John Stamos
Season 12 of Law & Order SVU was full of celebrity cameos (Rose McGowan, Debra Messing, etc.) but does it get better than John Stamos? He guest-starred in episode 22, "Bang," of season 12.
6 Modern Family Cast Members
Multiple stars from Modern Family have guest-starred on Law & Order! Ty Burrell actually had three of his early TV roles on the franchise. He appeared in Law & Order season 11, episode 2, "Turnstile Justice," and returned for a second role in 2003 and an SVU role in 2002. Sarah Hyland has also appeared in multiple episodes. In 2001, she landed an SVU role and then another one in 2009. She was also featured in an episode of Law & Order in 2004 and Trial by Jury in 2005. Lastly, Julie Bowen took on an SVU role in 2008!
7 James Van Der Beek
James has actually guest-starred on the show twice! He appeared in the SVU episode "Father Dearest," where things get, well, complicated. He also appeared on Criminal Intent's episode 8 of season 10, "To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap."
8 Claire Danes
Claire Danes might be a big superstar now, but it all started on Law & Order! She made her acting debut in episode 1 of season 3, back in 1992. She played Tracy, a teenage girl involved with her mother’s pimp.
9 Amanda Seyfried
Shortly after her role in 2004's Mean Girls, Amanda landed a guest-starring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She played a character who was trying to cover up the fact that she was raped by her stepdad's boss to protect her stepfather’s job.
10 Leighton Meester
Before she was taking over the Upper East Side in Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester guest starred on an episode of Law & Order! She was 12 years old and played a rebellious teen who was killed during a religious ritual. The episode, "Disciple," was the 15th episode of season 9.
11 Michelle Trachtenberg
Here's another Gossip Girl alum! Michelle guest starred on episode 10 ("Weeping Willow") of season 6 of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She played a video blogger who was kidnapped live on the internet!
12 Grey's Anatomy Members
Yup, several of G.A.'s leading ladies have appeared on the show's multiple franchises. Chandra Wilson first guest-starred on Law & Order in 1992 and then on SVU in 2005! In 1996, Ellen Pompeo (Dr. Meredith Grey) and Kim Raver (Dr. Teddy Altman) both guest starred, but in different episodes. Sara Ramirez (Dr. Callie Torres) appeared twice on SVU between 2000-2002 and Sarah Drew guest-starred in the 2007 SVU episode, "Responsible."
13 Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt dominated TV screens in Ghost Whisperer - one of my favorite shows of all time - but after it was canceled in 2010, J.Love took her talents to an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She played a rape victim who was afraid to leave the house. The episode, titled "Behave," was the third episode to air in season 12.
It's crazy to see how many big stars got their big break on the hit series. I've been a fan of the show for years and it's always such a treat to see familiar faces in the episodes! Have you seen all of these episodes of Law & Order?