Country music spitfire Miranda Lambert will make her acting debut on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Lambert, who is married to Blake Shelton, a coach on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice, will play an actress who claims to have been sexually assaulted by a reality show producer. Michael McKean (Laverne &Shirley, This Is Spinal Tap, Smallville) will play the alleged sleazebag in question. Given that Lambert’s album and song titles include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Kerosene and “Gunpowder & Lead,” he’d better watch his back!
News of Lambert’s casting comes a day after the NBC procedural announced that singer-actor Harry Connick Jr. will play a love interest for Mariska Hargitay’s Detective Benson in a four-episode arc. Connick will also appear in Lambert’s episode.
Lambert, 28, won a Grammy in 2011 and has received numerous other awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She first rose to fame on USA’s Nashville Star, a reality singing competition on which she placed third. Her most recent album, Four the Record, was released in November 2011.
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC. Lambert’s episode has not yet been scheduled.