Diane Neal
Birth Date:
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Birth Place:
November 17, 1975
5' 10
Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (studied acting)
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American actress Diane Neal is most famous for her portrayal of Casey Novak on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2003-2008; 2011; 2011-2012), where she also received a Prism nomination for her work. She is also known for having recurring roles on the TV series “NCIS” (2010-2014), “Power” (2014) and “Suits” (2012-2014).   

Figure Skater

Childhood and Family:

Diane Neal was born on November 17, 1975, in Alexandria, Virginia, to a federal attorney and a math professor. Her family moved to Littleton, Colorado when her father was promoted to the position of federal attorney in Denver. She has two older sisters, Leigh and Erin. Diane was a competitive figure skater in high school. She majored in pre-med in University but later left to pursue modeling. In 1999, after giving up modeling, she studied archaeology in Egypt and Israel. She also studied acting in a six-week acting course at the Atlantic Acting School (part of the Atlantic Theater Company) in New York.  

Diane was married to Marcus Fitzgerald, an engineer and former model, on July 9, 2005, following a seven year engagement.        



Diane Neal began her career as a model when she was 18 years old. She later turned her attention to acting, and made her professional debut on television in a 2001 episode of “Ed” called “Loyalties,” playing Vanessa. Later that same year, she played Amelia Chase in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” called “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Following appearances in the pilot episode of “The American Embassy” and in the episode “Husbands and Wives” of  “Hack” (both 2002), Neal joined the cast of the NBC legal drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” during its fifth season in the regular role of ADA Casey Novak. Her character made its first appearance on the episode “Serendipity” in 2003. Neal continued her role as Novak through the end of season 9 (2008), when the character quit the series after being criticized by the New York State Bar. Neal returned to reprise her role in season 12 (2011) as a guest star. She went on to be a recurring player during season 13 (2011-2012). For her work on the series, Neal was nominated for a 2007 Prism Award in the category of Performance in a Drama Series Episode.

Neal also appeared in films like “Future Tense” (TV, 2003), “Dracula II: Ascension” (Video, 2003), “Second Born” (2003), “Dracula III: Legacy” (Video, 2005), “BelzerVizion” (Short, 2007), “My Fake Fiance” (TV, 2009) and “Dirty Movie” (2011). She reprised her role as A.D.A. Casey Novak in a 2005 episode of “ Law & Order: Trial by Jury” called “Day” and made guest appearances in television shows like “30 Rock” (2008), “White Collar” (2010) and “A Gifted Man” (2012). Neal began her recurring role as Special Agent Abigail Borin in the CBS drama series “NCIS” in 2010.

After leaving “SVU,” Neal could be seen playing roles such films as “Newlyweeds,” a 2013 comedy/drama film starring Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris and Tone Tank, the horror/thriller “Mr. Jones” (starring Jon Foster and Sarah Jones), the Matthew D. Panepinto directed drama “Santorini Blue” (2013), “After” (2014, starring Kathleen Quinlan, John Doman and Pablo Schreiber ) and “A Warden's Ransom” (2014, starring with Jodelle Ferland and Devon Sawa). She played Daphne in the TV film “Captain Blackout” and Helena Harris in the TV movie “This Magic Moment” (both 2013). Neal also had a recurring role as Allison Holt on the USA Network legal drama series “Suits” (2012, 2013, 2014) and as Cynthia Sheridan in the Starz drama series “Power” (2014).    

Neal will portray Christine in the upcoming short “The Emissary” (2015), for director/writer  Rudy Dobrev. The film also stars Margo Martindale and Rudy Dobrev.


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