Celebs You Forgot Were On Law & Order: SVU

Before they went on to star in their own shows and movies, celebs like Milo Ventimiglia and Adam Driver made a guest appearance on the storied procedural.

By Kelsey Klemme 09 Jul, 2020 3:00 PMTags
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With a whopping 21 season of Law & Order: SVU that have aired, thousands of actors have made an appearance on the storied procedural show, and you may be shocked to see which famous faces are among them.

Stars who have gone on to lead their own shows had early roles in their careers as a guest star on the series, such as Milo Ventimiglia before he went on to capture our hearts as Jack Pearson on This Is Us, or Sarah Hyland when she came onto the show (twice!) before booking Modern Family.

We've also seen future movie stars show up on the Emmy-winner, like when Adam Driver had a small role in the show before going on to play Kylo Ren in the Star Wars franchise.

The best part is that with Law & Order: SVU coming to Peacock, NBCU's new streaming service that launches on July 15, you can rewatch all the episodes and spot many of these stars for yourself.

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Check out all the celebs who you may have forgot had a guest starring role in the show below!

(E!, Peacock and NBC are all part of the NBCUniversal family.)

Sarah Hyland

Before she starred on Modern Family, Sarah Hyland co-starred in two separate episodes of the procedural law series, first as a child victim in 2001 and then later as killer Jennifer Banks in a 2009 episode.

Kathy Griffin

While we normally see Kathy Griffin as a funny lady, she took on a serious role for Law & Order: SVU when she played Babs Duffy, a lesbian rights group leader who accuses the police department of homophobia when, in her opinion, they are neglecting the murder case of a lesbian woman.

Adam Driver

Before he'd go on to play Kylo Ren, Adam Driver would co-star in both Law & Order as well as Law & Order: SVU, the latter of which saw him play a creepy IT worker who installed cameras in girls' apartments.

Ian Somerhalder

In 2003, Ian Somerhalder terrified us as Charlie Baker on the series, a spree killer who convinced his brother to kill couples before killing four people himself. Thankfully, he was caught by Olivia Benson in the end.

Bradley Cooper

Before he starred in The Hangover and A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper starred in two Law & Order crossover episodes as the defense lawyer for a serial rapist.

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff's role on the series was compelling but sad, playing a mother who panicked and buried her daughter after she contracted measles from an unvaccinated classmate.

Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow's guest star role was small but memorable when she played Jamie Hoskins, a young woman who accidentally killed a 14-year-old when she attempted to kill herself by running a car into a building but instead hit a crowd of people. When it turns out that she did so while on bipolar medication, her case attracts the attention of rock star Derek Lord, who was played by none other than...

Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus, of The Walking Dead fame! In the same episode with Snow, Reedus' plays a charismatic rock star who has strong views against the pharmaceutical industry's use of medications for mental illnesses and brings them to Jamie Hoskins' court case.

John Stamos

John Stamos played a reproductive abuser who impregnated dozens of women, leading to a pretty grisly end for his character when one of his victims finds out what he's been doing.

Serena Williams

The tennis star played Chloe Spiers in a season five episode where she was a victim of Internet porn.

Milo Ventimiglia

Before he'd go on to capture our hearts in This Is Us, Milo Ventimiglia had a small role on the long-running show in 2003 playing a victim of a child molester.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Golberg shocked us all in her dark role as Chelsey Watkins, a foster mother who manipulates her foster children into robbing homes and committing murders.

(E!, Peacock and NBC are all part of the NBCUniversal family.)