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Amanda Rollins
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Name Amanda Rollins
Title Detective
Affiliation NYPD (2011-present)
Atlanta Police Department (formerly)
Division Manhattan Special Victims Unit (2011-present)
Atlanta Special Victims Unit (formerly)
Precinct 16th Precinct (New York; 2011-present)
Precinct 8 (Atlanta; formerly)
Occupation Police officer
Family Jim Rollins (father)
Beth Anne Rollins (mother)
Kim Rollins (sister)
Jesse Rollins (daughter with Declan Murphy)
Billie Rollins (daughter with Al Pollack)
Mason Rollins (nephew)
Status Alive
Actor Kelli Giddish
First Appearance "Scorched Earth"

Amanda Rollins is a detective assigned to the Special Victims Unit after moving to New York City from Atlanta, Georgia.

She has two daughters, Jesse Rollins, the father being Lieutenant Declan Murphy; and Billie Rollins, the father being her former boyfriend Al Pollack.

Biography

While in Atlanta, Rollins hunted a serial rapist who ended up in New York City. (SVU: "Double Strands")

It was also revealed that she had a gambling problem and was $20,000 in debt with a bookie. Captain Cragen chose to get her help instead of firing her. (SVU: "Home Invasions") She has since been attending Gamblers Anonymous meetings. Rollins' previously mentioned troubled sister, Kim, comes to New York, causing problems for Amanda while she is trying to work a case. (SVU: "Friending Emily")

Later Kim returns to New York beaten by her ex-boyfriend Jeff and claiming to be pregnant. (SVU: "Deadly Ambition") (Later on, she gives two versions of the supposed pregnancy; on one hand, Amanda finds out she had lied about the pregnancy, Kim confessed that her period had been late causing her to think she was pregnant and on the other, she tells Nick Amaro that she had lost the baby). When Amanda hears screams from inside her apartment, she finds Kim's ex-boyfriend beating Kim, and Amanda shoots and kills the man as he pulls a gun on her.

After her initial interview with IAB Lt. Tucker, Kim changes her story, including revealing a life insurance policy on the ex-boyfriend with Amanda's name on it (later on is revealed that Kim forged Amanda’s signature because she thought that it would look suspicious if she was the sole beneficiary).

Kim’s change of story from rape to accident is the result of finding out that neither she nor Amanda would get a penny from the insurance company if they found out that Jeff had died committing a crime. The supposed evidence of Amanda shooting Jeff in cold blood leads to Lt. Tucker arresting Amanda in Captain Cragen's office. The charges against Amanda are later dropped when Amaro tapes Kim confessing to setting Amanda up. Before Kim can be arrested, she steals everything from Amanda's apartment and disappears.

Rollins is shot by a sniper in front of the precinct. (SVU: "Poisoned Motive") Her shooting leads back to the daughter of Detective Tutuola's narcotics partner, who is out for revenge on the NYPD after her father was injured on the job by protecting Tutuola from a bullet.

Rollins is caught in the middle of a case in which her friend from Georgia claims to have been raped. (SVU: "Rapist Anonymous") When the alleged rapist is killed, her friend is put on trial and Rollins' personal life is revealed on the stand. This proves too much for her to handle and she is seen gambling, smoking, and drinking in the final scene.

Detective Rollins gambles at an illegal gambling station. (SVU: "Gambler's Fallacy") She is forced into the office of the owner after the waitress tells him she is a cop. After this, she is forced to work for them so she won't get exposed to her partners and her job. Amanda is told to steal a gun from evidence and later is caught by Detective Amaro from videotape surveillance. Later in the episode, it is revealed that Declan Murphy is in the NYPD, arresting everybody in the room. At the end of the episode, she would have been transferred if the unit wasn't short-staffed, as quoted by Sergeant Olivia Benson.

Eventually, the truth of why Amanda left Atlanta is discovered. (SVU: "Forgiving Rollins") Amanda agreed to be a "good girl" and sleep with Deputy Chief Patton to get her sister off the hook per Patton's request. She was only able to admit to the rape when one of her fellow former Detectives from Atlanta, Detective Reese Taymor, was raped by Patton. It's possible that Amanda also left due to rumors that Amanda came up with the idea to sleep with him to advance her career.

It was revealed Amanda was pregnant by September 2015. She never told the rest of the squad, though the fact was realized by serial killer Greg Yates, who taunted her about it. (SVU: "Devil's Dissections")

It is revealed that Declan Murphy is the father of her baby. (SVU: "Community Policing")

While Amanda is in labor, she suffers a placental abruption, almost resulting in her death.[1] (SVU: "Depravity Standard") However, she survives and delivers a healthy baby girl, Jesse.

She reveals to Benson that she is pregnant with a second child in Season 20, the father being Pollack.

Rollins has become close to both Nick Amaro and Dominick Carisi, Jr. and sexual tension has been hinted at between both of them, including a possible romantic relationship between Rollins and Amaro and possible romantic feelings between Rollins and Carisi. However, Rollins has often fought with Carisi and Amaro over certain cases, disagreeing with their opinions. This often becomes heated and makes their relationships complicated.

In 2019, Rollins revealed to Dr. Alexis Hanover that her father had called her after fifteen years and invited her to his wedding to another woman. She was later kidnapped by Detective Frank Bucci during her private therapy session with Hanover after Judge Joe Ellery declined to press charges against Steve Getz, who was grooming Bucci's daughters Ivy and Milly. (SVU: "Can't Be Held Accountable")

Eventually, after calming him down, Rollins convinced Frank to drive to the SVU precinct, where Rollins arrested Frank. She then broke down and cried in Carisi's arms, traumatized by her ordeal. (SVU: "Must Be Held Accountable")

In 2020, Rollins was promoted to Detective 2nd Grade. (SVU: "Solving For The Unknowns")

Officer-involved shootings

Appearances

Trivia

  • She has a pit bull, Frannie, that has appeared and been mentioned in multiple episodes. Frannie helped Amanda run down William Lewis after he flashed two tourists in Central Park. (SVU: "Her Negotiation")
  • Her father called her Mandy. (SVU: "Gridiron Soldier")
  • She grew up in Loganville, Georgia. (SVU: "Gridiron Soldier"). Kelli Giddish was born in Cumming, Georgia, 33 miles northwest of Loganville.
  • She often goes to Gambler's Anonymous meetings for her gambling addiction. (SVU: "Gambler's Fallacy") She made out numerous times with her sponsor, much to the anger of Amaro and Fin. (SVU: "Rapist Anonymous")
  • She once used the alias of Megan Wheeler to obtain evidence while undercover. Megan Wheeler is the name of Julianne Nicholson's character from Law & Order: Criminal Intent. (SVU: "Gambler's Fallacy")
  • She has a tattoo of her name on her forearm so that she can look at it whenever she is sad.
  • Her badge number is 0458. (SVU: "Gambler's Fallacy")
  • She refers to her father as daddy. (SVU: "Gridiron Soldier")
  • Kelli Giddish previously played rape victim Kara Bawson. (SVU: "Outsider")
  • It is revealed that she has a blind spot for men in power. (SVU: "Reasonable Doubt")
  • Rollins is the only main character in SVU to have been raped. Benson has been previously sexually assaulted on two separate occasions, once while undercover and the other while being held hostage by William Lewis.
  • Rollins held the rank of Detective 3rd Grade from her first appearance in "Scorched Earth" until her promotion to Detective 2nd Grade in "Solving For The Unknowns".

References

  1. While "Depravity Standard" ends on a cliffhanger and we are given no clear explanation as to what is happening to Amanda during her sudden distress in labor, a deleted scene reveals that the cause of her distress was a placental abruption.


Icon SVU Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Elliot StablerJohn MunchOdafin TutuolaOlivia BensonAmanda Rollins

Junior Detectives: Olivia BensonMonique JeffriesOdafin TutuolaChester LakeAmanda RollinsNick AmaroDominick Carisi, Jr.Katriona Tamin

Squad Supervisors: John MunchOlivia Benson

Commanding Officers: Donald CragenOlivia Benson

Assistant District Attorneys: Alexandra CabotCasey NovakKim GreylekRafael BarbaPeter StoneDominick Carisi, Jr.

Others: Melinda WarnerGeorge Huang

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