Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Wolf Films confirmed on Twitter.

The 38-year-old Sopranos and Joey co-star, who took up residence on Wisteria Lane during Desperate Housewives' 2009-10 season, will play a pregnant, battered wife on SVU, according to Movieline.com.

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Matteo's episode will air in early 2011.

Reps for the NBC series did not immediately respond to TVGuide.com's request for comment.