MAID TO ORDER CHARACTERS
ANTHONY Anderson is not the only Law & Order cast member to have guest-starred on a series of the franchise as a different character before joining the main cast.
S. Epatha Merkerson (left) played a maid in the first series of Law & Order before joining the show two years later as police supervisor Anita Van Buren.
Diane Neal (right), who plays assistant district attorney Casey Novak on SVU, first appeared as high-powered female rapist Amelia Chase.
And Jeremy Sisto, who replaced Dennis Farina earlier in the year, once played a lawyer on Law & Order.
He now plays Det Cyrus Lupo on the show.