- Faith: Christian
- Career: Actress
- Birthday: January 23, 1964
- Accomplishments: Emmy Winner, Golden Globe Awards
- Fun Faith Fact!: Hargitay was raised Catholic, but turned away from organized religion.
Mariska Hargitay is an American actress best known for her role as NYPD Special Victims Unit Detective/Sergeant/Lieutenant Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, for which she has earned multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe. Hargitay made her film debut in the 1985 horror-comedy film Ghoulies and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series Downtown.