Beloved 'Law & Order: SVU' Character Melinda Warner Is Set to Return to the Show for Season 22

Actress turned singer Tamara Tunie is reportedly set to return to NBC’s fan-favorite and longest-running crime drama series after previous recurring roles on the show.

Tamara Tunie is set to return to “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” Season 22. Radio presenter Elvis Duran took to Instagram and shared a glimpse on set.

He captioned his post: “It’s actually very relaxing while you’re ‘on the slab’ …until these guys start with you." Along with it, he shared two pictures from one of the scenes.

Tamara Tunie poses at the Stage Directors And Choreographers Society 50 Year Celebration at Tribeca Rooftop on November 8, 2009 in New York, New York | Photo: Getty Images

Tamara Tunie poses at the Stage Directors And Choreographers Society 50 Year Celebration at Tribeca Rooftop on November 8, 2009 in New York, New York | Photo: Getty Images

TAMARA TUNIE’S RETURN

Duran continued: “@therealmariskahargitay @icet and special thank you to @mstunie for pulling up the sheet to keep my nippies warm. #svu (air date April 29th).”

One photo showed Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay pulling funny faces while Duran laid on the table as a corpse. Hargitay took the selfie shot and leaned in for a close shot wearing a black coat with a matching top.

Ice-T struck a pose behind the table and wore a red jacket with a purple unbuttoned shirt underneath. He had a blue face mask hanging from one side of his ear.

Another picture showed Tunie doing what she does best, examining Duran’s body. She wore a white coat with her blue uniform underneath and had her curly hair in a fringe hairdo.

TUNIE ON A NEW DRAMA

According to Deadline, Tunie has recently joined the cast of Sony's "Journal for Jordan," which depicts the adaptation based on Dana Canedy’s 2008 best-selling memoir. Actor Denzel Washington reportedly directs the drama.

A-listers, including Michael B. Jordan and Chante Adams, also star in the film. The movie tells the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Canedy’s love affair with First Sgt. Charles Monroe King.

Tunie is reuniting with Washington after working together on another Paramount drama called ‘Flight.’”

TV SHOW APPEARANCES

The "SVU” alum has appeared on several TV shows since breaking away from the series. Tunie joined the crime drama in the seventh season playing medical examiner Melinda Warner.

According to Insider, she appeared on the show as a recurring character, but it wasn’t until the seventh season that she became a regular. She appeared from season seven to twelve and returned as a recurring character for seasons 13 to 17.

FUN FACTS ABOUT  SVU

The hit series has some interesting facts that fans may not be privy to. According to The Things, the crime drama has been on the air for 21 years and has been running since 1999.

An actual murder case initially inspired the most loved series. Stories on the show are based on real-life occurrences from news headlines.

The main characters, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher, were reportedly not the first choices for their roles. However, their chemistry during their audition won the hearts of the producers of the show. 

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