Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


Series 10 - Episode 8 Persona

Thursday 12am - 1am Universal Channel
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Classy, versatile and willing to take on gritty storylines, Brenda Blethyn must be the dream guest star for the long-running crime series.

This particular SVU episode is from 2008, long before Blethyn earned her own crime-busting chops by playing a copper in Vera. Here her role as Linnie Malcolm, the downstairs neighbour of a victim of domestic abuse with a secret of her own, falls somewhere between murderess, fugitive and victim.

Her case soon attracts the attention of the steely Judge Donnelly (Judith Light), who seems to have unfinished business with the woman in the dock. In the time that has passed since they first met, the law has changed in order to better protect women in their own homes. Donnelly herself seems to have little compassion for Linnie, who wonders, rightly, how the two could ever understand each other.


A woman claims to have been raped by a stranger to hide the fact she is a victim of domestic abuse, but later admits that her husband has been beating her because she does not want children with him. While conducting inquiries, Benson stumbles on a shockingly similar case involving the victim's elderly neighbour. Crime drama, starring Mariska Hargitay.

Cast & Crew

Det Elliot Stabler Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Capt Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Det John Munch Richard Belzer
Kim Greylek Michaela McManus
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola Ice-T
Melinda Warner Tamara Tunie
Mike O'Halloran Mike Doyle
Linnie Malcolm Brenda Blethyn
Jonah Malcolm Mike Farrell
Brent Latimer Nathaniel Marston
Mia Latimer Clea Duvall
Director Dick Wolf
Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producer Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer Ann Donahue
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