Mariska Hargitay Returning for Law & Order: SVU Season 15

Entertainment May. 25, 2013 AT 6:30PM
Mariska Hargitay returns to Law and Order: SVU Mariska Hargitay returns to Law and Order: SVU Credit: Janet Mayer / Splash News

Mariska Hargitay has signed a new deal with Universal Television to return to NBC's long-running crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The actress made the announcement via her official Twitter account on Saturday, May 25.

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"Happy weekend," said the Golden Globe winner, who's played detective Olivia Benson since the show premiered in September 1999. "It's official. Season 15 -- I'll be back!" Hargitay's good friend, actress Debra Messing, retweeted the news and added, "Let the celebrating begin!"

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NBC renewed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in late April in the midst of Hargitay's contract negotiations. Her character's storyline was left open-ended in the May 22 season finale, with Olivia being held at gunpoint in her home by a serial rapist.

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Hargitay earned $500,000 per episode in Season 14, making her television's highest-paid actress. The details of her new contract have not been revealed. The 49-year-old has received eight consecutive Emmy Award nominations since 2004, winning once in 2006.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST this fall on NBC.

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