Law & Order: SVU confirms more returning cast

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Photo credit: NBC - Sky
Photo credit: NBC - Sky

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will bring back more familiar faces to the precinct in season 23.

TVLine reports that fan-favourite cast member Donal Logue will be returning to SVU for a January 22 episode as hard-nosed NYPD lieutenant Declan G Murphy.

Murphy is fresh off a two-year stint going deep undercover for a case and returns to the Special Victims Unit with a crucial request for his old colleague Benson (Mariska Hargitay).

The two will join forces on high-priority hate crime cases that will also bring back NYPD sergeant Hasim Khaldun (Ari'el Stachel) as they search for who's behind the sick crimes.

Photo credit: NBC - Sky
Photo credit: NBC - Sky

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The sudden reappearance of Khaldun and Murphy could cause some complications for the hate crime investigation because they both have romantic ties to Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish).

Murphy learned he's the father of Rollins' daughter Jesse shortly before he had to leave the precinct in 2015, while Khaldun had a connection with her while they worked undercover a few years back.

This season has already featured several nods back through the Law & Order franchise, including a special appearance from Dann Florek reprising his Law & Order homicide captain Donald Cragen.

Photo credit: NBC Universal - Sky
Photo credit: NBC Universal - Sky

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Detective Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) popped up to reopen a cold case in October, while district attorney Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) intervened in the trial of crime boss Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott).

NBC has announced a crossover event with Law & Order: Organized Crime next Thursday (December 9) where Benson and Stabler desperately search for Eli Stabler while Wheatley goes on trial.

Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays on NBC in the US. The show airs on Sky Witness in the UK, with select episodes available on NOW.

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