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Nick Amaro

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Nick Amaro
Nick Amaro
Title Detective
Affiliation New York City Police Department
Division Special Victims Unit
Precinct 16th Precinct
Occupation Police Officer
Family Maria Grazie (wife)
Zara Amaro (daughter)
Gilberto Mancheno (son)
Cesaria Amaro (mother)
Nicolas Amaro (father)
Sonya Amaro (sister)
Status Alive
Actor Danny Pino
First Appearance Personal Fouls

Nicholas "Nick" Amaro, most likely born in the late 1970s to early 1980s, is a detective who transferred to the Special Victims Unit from narcotics and warrants in 2011. He is charismatic and charming, often using his charm to get difficult witnesses who do not cooperate to talk. He replaced Elliot Stabler as the lead male of the SVU series.


Amaro is married with one child, a five-year-old daughter named Zara (Allison Fernandez). His wife Maria (Laura Benanti) was in Iraq and returned on Valentine's Day. (SVU "Personal Fouls") Nick is a Catholic, fluent in Spanish, and also apparently has good connections with the community. Amaro's father beat his mother when he was younger, and later fled to Miami, Florida; he attributes his firm belief in divorce to this. He and his wife have recently split up, Maria having moved to L.A. to take a job taking Zara with her.

While undercover on a narcotics bust, Amaro had a relationship with the sister of a major drug dealer. "Undercover Blue." 9 years later, the relationship is brought back to light, when a court case involving rape accusations against Brian Cassidy throws Amaro under the bus. The woman, Cynthia Mancheno, claims that she had a son by Amaro during that relationship, named Gilberto. When a paternity test confirms this, Amaro attempts to spend more time with his son, who believes that he is Amaro's nephew. In "Born Psychopath", Cynthia gives Amaro permission to reveal his identity to Gilberto.

Personal lifeEdit

He has no sympathy for people who rape the mentally ill or children. In "True Believers" he says his rank is Detective Second Grade. He worked in vertical patrol in housing projects for 6 years "Educated Guess" He seems to be protective of Amanda Rollins and is suspicious of his wife dating other men while in the Army and afterwards, assaulting a friend of hers he believed she was having an affair with after she lied to him about where she was. She denies having an affair and finally reveals to him that she is seeing a psychiatrist and didn't want him to know.

He was forced to kill a man in "Hunting Ground" and has trouble it being his first kill in the line of duty.

Later on it was discovered that his wife Maria Grazie took a job in L.A. claiming that they needed a break from each other.


It has also been hinted that Nick and Amanda have been in a relationship for quite some time since he emerges from her bathroom during "Reasonable Doubt" and comfortably sits on her couch. Aside from his protectiveness for Amanda, his attraction to her has been previously hinted on in episodes like Gambler's Fallacy. He's usually the one to realize when something is wrong with her. The nature of their relationship and whether Olivia and Fin know has not been revealed yet. In Holden's Manifesto, it is implied that they are sleeping together, as Holden questioned their relationship. Though they never answered his question, Holden is certain they are in a relationship. Their relationship is still discreet in the squad room.


At the end of season 15, he assaulted an alleged pedophile (with a torture chamber and horrific fantasies) who was photographing young boys. He was transferred to Traffic and took anger management classes, but later promoted back to Special Victims (03x16) after he was accused of being inappropriate with a woman whilst arresting her. He was later cleared by IAB due to a video recording on the dash board of his car showed the arrest was by the book.

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