The article below is mostly about the guest star Nikki Estridge. But it mentions what her role will be in relation to Benson.
Knoxville native Nikki Estridge will begin a two-episode arc on “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 p.m. Wednesday on NBC.
On “SVU,” Estridge will play Detective Delano, a police officer who is assigned to watch over Sgt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) after Benson’s tormentor, William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber), escapes from prison.
Estridge (born Nikki Sexton), a graduate of Powell High School and the University of Tennessee, says it was “great to be part of that storyline.” The episodes were filmed in New York and took around 2½ weeks to complete.
Estridge, 31, says she’s had a long-running drive to perform on television.
“I’ve always known I was meant for TV,” she said. “As a kid, I was always putting on shows for my brother and sister and kids in the neighborhood.”
When she was 5, Estridge appeared in a play with then-unknown Knoxville actor Brad Renfro. “He and I were great together. … But, he stole the show totally, I think.” (Laughs)
Estridge didn’t go the theater route at UT; classes and college softball kept her too busy. “When you go to Tennessee playing athletics, you don’t have time for (theater). Because I focused on my studies and my athletics, it was pretty much impossible to get involved in theater.”
Now living in Washington, D.C., Estridge juggles her acting career while raising 16-month-old son Styles, and credits husband Matt with helping her succeed.
“My husband has to be the most amazing person in the world. He has been my rock. … He was happy to play Mr. Mom while I was in New York filming.”
The airdate for Estridge’s second episode has not yet been announced.