Canadian actor Adam Beach will not return to his role as Det. Chester Lake on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” next season.
The 35-year-old actor joined the cast of the crime drama last fall under a one-year contract with an option for a second. Beach and the production company have decided not to exercise that option.
“I very much enjoyed my year on ‘Law & Order: SVU,’” Beach said. “Now I’m looking forward to new adventures.”
Executive producer Dick Wolf said Beach impressed him from the first day they met on the set of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” Wolf’s 2007 Emmy-winning HBO film.
“I was knocked out by his commitment, dedication and total immersion in the film’s most crucial role,” Wolf said of Beach’s performance, which earned the actor a Golden Globe nomination.
The producer added, “He did a terrific job this season on ‘SVU,’ and I look forward to working with him again in the near future.”
Beach isn’t the only ‘SVU’ regular who will be leaving after this season, the series’ ninth. Diane Neal, who has played assistant prosecutor Casey Novak for five seasons, is also exiting the show.