Mariska Hargitay Celebrates Her Birthday — Why She’s Feeling ‘Incredibly Grateful’

Mariska Hargitay, a woman known for her amazing acting skills as well as her selfless grace, just celebrated her birthday. She turned 56 and the world is definitely better with her in it. Her birthday was January 23 and she celebrated in fitting style. Read on to learn how Hargitay commemorated the special event on Instagram.

Mariska Hargitay celebrates her birthday

Mariska Hargitay
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Hargitay posted about her birthday while looking incredibly grateful in front of a rather large cake topped with long elegant candles. There’s also a sweet arrangement on the table complete with the letter “M.”

Hargitay captioned the post with: “Birthdays are markers. I’m feeling to incredibly grateful for all the love and birthday wishes. #TakingItAlLIn #CountingMyBlessings #LoveLight#BirthdayCandles #BirthdayWishes. #BirthdayCake #Birthdaylove✨💝🥰💃🏻💫 thank you dear ones-family, friends and fans🙏🏻.”

Fans respond with well-wishes

Fans are just as excited that Hargitay is on this planet as we are. They couldn’t stop telling her to have a great birthday and send the love her way in fitting style.

“Happy Birthday beautiful 💕💕🙏,” an Instagram user commented.

 “Happy birthday queen 💖❤️💞💌 omg your cake is huge 😍,” someone wrote.

The well-wishes just keep pouring in for a woman who inspires people all over the world. “Have a great day! Legend,” another Instagram user said.

“Happy birthday queen! We love you and thank you for inspiring us to be us 💜,” another user expressed.

“Happy birthday baby! Wishing the best of the best always. Hope your day is filled with love, joy and happiness and so much cake❤️ thank you for your beautiful heart. Always grateful to life for letting me enjoy all the good you do. Love you so much ❤️,” someone else commented.

Hargitay posted a few other images as well

Mariska Hargitay also posted a selfie in a separate post in which she also shared a unique cake for her birthday. Hargitay’s face is even on the cake in the sweet image. She sent some shoutouts to people who made the day special and she finished it off with a few tags: “#Love #Friends #Celebration #MagicMoments #LuckyStars #NowThatsAcake #CakeLady #MagicMakers 🎂🥂💃🏻🌸💝#FeelingThelove.”

Fans send more birthday love

The love is strong on this post from fans as well. “That cake looks amazing! 🤤 HAPPY BIRTHDAY QUEEN!👸🏽 hope you had an amazing day with all the people you love! Hugs from Germany!💗,” an Instagram user commented.

Fans can’t help but let Hargitay know how much they love her and her work. “Happy birthday Mariska been watching SVU for yrs. You’re the best,” someone said.

“Stunning! ♥️ Beautiful cake and beautiful soul,” another admitted.

SVU fans were out in full force to support the one and only Olivia Benson. “Happy Birthday Mariska !!! I hope you have a wonderful day, Love you on SVU been watching since the very beginning you are a wonderful and brilliant actress and my absolute favorite actress as well,❤️❤️🎉🎊🎈🎂🥂😊,” someone else noted.

“Also, you’re 26 today, correct?” someone playfully asked the actress.

Mariska Hargitay is clearly beloved by people if the comments for her birthday are anything to go on. She’s a role model, actress, and advocate that many people look up to. She celebrated her birthday along with fans all over the world.