Who is Kelli Giddish?
Kelli Giddish was born on 13 April 1980, in Cumming, Georgia, USA, of part-German descent, and is an actress, best known for her work in the NBC television series entitled ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, in which she plays the character New York Police Department (NYPD) Detective Amanda Rollins. She’s held the role since 2011, but has appeared in other television shows throughout her career.
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The Net Worth of Kelli Giddish
How rich is Kelli Giddish? As of early 2020, sources estimate a net worth that is over $8 million, earned through a successful career in acting in the entertainment industry since 2005.
She has also appeared in several films, though the bulk of her work remains on television.
Early Life and Education
Kelli grew up in Cumming alongside a brother, and developed an interest in acting at a young age, thanks to her grandfather who often took her to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, a development later supported by her grandmother. During high school she also showed athletic prowess, by becoming a member of her school’s championship softball team.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Evansville located in Indiana, to take up a degree in Theatre Performance. It is a private university founded in 1954, with a focus towards the liberal arts. They have a satellite center located in Grantham, England called Harlaxton College, and they offer programs on over 80 different areas of study. The school has over 2,400 students enrolled annually representing 44 states and 55 countries. A couple of notable graduates from the school are actor Rami Malek and coach Jerry Sloan.
After completing her degree, Giddish was cast in the soap opera “All My Children”, in which she played the character Diana Henry from 2005 to 2007. Set in a fictional suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it’s the most widely recorded television show in the US. The series experienced its peak for most of the 1980s up to the 1990s. She left the show in a mutual decision, and then continued taking acting projects, including a role in the thriller entitled “Death in Love”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
She also worked on the pilot for the series entitled “Past Life” which focused on past-life investigators. In the series, she played a character who had a PhD in psychology and cognitive research, and believed in reincarnation; the show ran live for over a week before it was cancelled. She also starred in the police procedural drama entitled “Chase”, aired through NBC, and received a lot of positive reviews for her performance in the show.
The series follows a US Marshals fugitive-apprehension team, with Jerry Bruckheimer serving in an executive producer role. It ran for 18 seasons, and was put on hiatus before it was eventually cancelled.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Prior to gaining a regular role in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, Kelli had already worked with the show as a guest in 2007, playing a rape victim. Four years later, she was given a main role for the show’s 13th season, coinciding with Christopher Meloni’s departure.
The show focuses on the Special Victims Unit of the NYPD, and is a spin-off from “Law & Order”, taking in the same formula of following stories inspired by real headlines or crimes which received media attention. It is the second series in the franchise, becoming one of the three longest-running live action series on television.
She worked closely with the lead characters from her appearance in the 13th season; she joined the show wanting to become a part of an effort to reinvigorate a well-known franchise, and had good relationships with a lot of the show’s crew.
— Kelli Giddish (@KelliGiddish) September 27, 2018
Since joining the show, she has received a lot of praise from critics as well as her fellow cast members. She has also reprised her role in other series, such as “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Giddish married Lawrence Faulborn in 2015, in a ceremony held in New Smyrna Beach, Florida – they now have two children together, with both of her pregnancies written into “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. She spends most of her time either in New York or Los Angeles. She owns a pet dog which she adopted while filming the series “Chase”.
She loves spending time with her family whenever she can, and often goes on trips with them.
Similar to numerous actresses, she is highly active online through social media accounts. On Instagram she gives an insight into her personal life away from work. It often consists of doing chores, or spending time with friends and family. She also uses the platform to promote her work, including upcoming endeavors. Another account she has is on Twitter, on which she promoted her on-screen and real life pregnancies, though there were differences, especially with the baby’s gender.