Happy Birthday, Mariska Hargitay! See Her Cutest Pictures with Peter Hermann

By Kelsey Klemme Jan 23, 2020 2:00 PMTags
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Dun, dun. It's Mariska Hargitay's birthday!

The actress, who we have spent over 20 years with as the character Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, turns 56 today.

We're a huge fan of her work on-screen (and when she steps behind-the-camera as a director) but we also can't get enough of her romantic love story with husband Peter Hermann off-screen too.

The two met back in 2001 on the set of the iconic TV series and hit it off ever since. They have now been married for over 15 years and have welcomed three children into their lives, making the family a party of five.

They also are a philanthropic pair who give back to the community. Hargitay founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to help end the rape kit backlog, hold retreats for sexual assault survivors and more and her husband also serves on the board, proving the couple has a big heart.

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Check out some of the duo's cutest moments below!

She's a Star!

Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann pose for pictures in 2013 when the actress got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Joyful Family

In 2016, the couple and their son, Augustenjoy a night at The Joyful Revolution Gala, an event held by Hargitay's charity Joyful Heart Foundation.


In July 2017, Hargitay snapped this cute pic of her and Hermann enjoying the waves in Hawaii.


Turns out stars have the same problems as us at the airport!

"That feeling when your flight's delayed four hours, you board the plane, you get off the plane because of maintenance issues, you go to a new gate for a new plane, where you find out the new plane's not ready," captioned the procedural star in Aug. 2017.

We've all been there! Thankfully, she had a pretty great travel buddy by her side!

Date Night

The lovebirds attended the Samsung Charity Gala in Manhattan and both looked like they were dressed to the nines.

Family Is All That Matters

"Everything," Hargitay simply captioned this lovely photo of her family embracing in a hug.


The two cuties threw on an adorable deer filter on this photo the Law & Order actress shared in June 2018.

"Happy Holidays from our family to yours," she wrote, tagging that the two were soaking up the sun in Italy.


From the same trip to Italy, the two look cute as buttons wearing hats while exploring the city.

In the Woods

Hargitay shared this sweet photo of her and her husband on his birthday in Aug. 2018, also shouting out to Debra Messing in her Instagram caption as she shares the same birthday.

Avengers Assemble!

The dynamic duo dressed up as Black Widow and Captain America to celebrate Halloween in 2018.

The Best Broadway +1

How fun! Hargitay and Hermann spent a date night attending the New York Spingsteen on Broadway concert in Dec. 2018 only to meet Bruce Spingsteen himself after the show!


The philanthropic family shared with fans more about their charity back in Dec. 2018.

"We just wrapped an incredibly inspiring board retreat day with an incredibly inspiring board," Hargitay expressed on Instagram.

"Thank you for your great hearts and you're great brains and your deep dedication to bringing change."


The cute couple soak up the sun in the Dominican Republic in Dec. 2018.

Happy Birthday!

"How does he get #Younger every year???" Hargitay gushed on her Instagram when she celebrated her husband's most recent birthday this past August.

Best Team

After throwing the first pitch for the Mets in Sep. 2019, Hargitay took to her Instagram to snap a quick alongside her love.

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