Diane Neal was born on the 17th November 1976, in Alexandria, Virginia USA, and is an actress, perhaps best known for playing Casey Novak in the hit series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2001-2012). Neal’s career started in 2001.
Have you ever wondered how rich Diane Neal is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Neal’s net worth is as high as $10 million, an amount earned through her successful career as an actress. In addition to playing in numerous TV series, Neal has also appeared in several movies which have improved her wealth.
Diane Neal Net Worth $10 Million
Diane Neal is a daughter of Christopher, a federal attorney, and Colleen Neal, a math teacher. Although born in Virginia, Diane grew up in Ohio and Colorado with her two sisters: Leigh and Erin. While at high school, Diane competed apparently successfully in figure skating, and also matriculated early at the age of 16. Neal then went to college and majored in Pre-Med, but dropped out to pursue a modeling career, and to attend the Atlantic Acting School in New York.
In 2001, Neal made her on-screen debut in the television series called “Ed”, and a year later, she gave her voice to the character of Cleopatra in “Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra”, which grossed over $110 million worldwide a the box-office. Neal’s most prominent role came in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” when she started playing Casey Novak in 2001. She appeared in 111 episodes during eleven years, and earned plenty of money thanks to the popularity of the Golden Globe-winning series. Neal was quite busy while filming the show, but she still managed to secure ther roles, including parts in horror flicks like “Dracula II: Ascension” (2003) and “Dracula III: Legacy” (2005), alongside Jason Scott Lee. Although the films were made in Transylvania and other parts of Romania, they failed to achieve commercial success and went relatively unnoticed.
Before the end of the 2000’s, Neal made an appearance in an episode of “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” in 2005, and later played in one episode of “30 Rock” in 2006, then had a role in the romantic comedy called “My Fake Fiance” (2009) with Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, and Jason MacDonald. From 2010 to 2014, Neal played CGIS Agent Abigail Borin in six episodes of “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service”. Along with Christopher Meloni, Diane played in the comedy “Dirty Movie” in 2011, but the movie turned out to be a complete failure. However, she continued with roles in several low-budget films during this decade, and in the meantime appeared in three episodes of “Suits” (2012-2014).
Neal decided to stick with TV series instead of playing in independent movies, and she played as Cynthia Sheridan in four episodes of “Power” in 2014. Most recently, she has appeared in “NCIS: New Orleans” (2015), “The Following” (2015) starring Kevin Bacon, and in CBS’s “Blue Bloods” (2015), which have only added to her net worth.
Regarding her personal life, Diane Neal dated Marcus Fitzgerald for ten years before they married in 2005. However, the couple divorced still childless in 2014. She is currently single; she enjoys softball & basketball in her spare time.
Her father is a U.S. federal attorney and her mother is a math professor.
The youngest of three daughters, Leigh, Erin and Diane. Her older sister has one of her many degrees in theater.
Diane went to college at 16 years old. Diane had wanted to attend an Ivy League school, but because of her young age, her parents made her attend the same school as her older sister, in Hawaii.
Studied archaeology in Egypt and Israel in 1999 after quitting modeling.
Engaged after only two weeks to her fiancé, Marcus Fitzgerald, an engineer and former model. The couple married on July 9, 2005, after a seven-year engagement.
Before becoming A.D.A. Casey Novak on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), she had appeared on Season 3 Episode 10 ("Ridicule") of SVU, as a woman who had gang raped a male stripper with her female friends.
She is a former model and started modeling around the world at age 18.
She was a competitive figure skater in high school.
She studied acting in a six-week acting course at the Atlantic Acting School (part of the Atlantic Theater Company) in New York.