Peter Scanavino

Peter Scanavino currently stars as Detective Sonny Carisi Jr. on Law and Order: SVU (NBC). Other selected TV & Film work includes: The Cold Lands (dir. Tom Gilroy) and Mutual Friends (dir. Matt Watts), The Leftovers (HBO), Banshee (Cinemax), Person of Interest, Golden Boy, A Gifted Man (CBS), Do No Harm (NBC), and The Good Wife (CBS). 

Peter made his Broadway debut in 2006 in the Tony Nominated play, Shining City, directed by Robert Falls. Other theater work includes: Boys Life (dir. Michael Greif / Second Stage Theater), subUrbia (dir. Jo Bonney / Second Stage Theater) Rainbow Kiss (59E59th Street Theater), and David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer Prize runner up Yellow Face (dir Leigh Silverman / Mark Taper Forum).

Peter was born and raised in Colorado. In 2010, Peter took time away from acting to study Culinary Arts at the French Culinary Institute in NYC after which he worked briefly in the kitchen of Dan Barbers Michelin starred restaurant, Blue Hill, in Greenwich Village. Peter lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

Instagram/Twitter: @peterscanavino


“Mr. Scanavino … draws out the tenderness
and need beneath the character’s antsiness.”

—The New York Times,

“Scanavino invest[s his] relatively brief time onstage
with the unforgettable ache of [his character’s] neediness.”

—The New York Times

“Martha Plimpton and Peter Scanavino are UNFORGETTABLE.”

—The New York Times,

“Peter Scanavino … conveys moments of rapture
and coruscant wit … with almost superhuman intensity
and expertise.”

— Bloomberg,