This paper presents forward and inverse analyses of the response of a compliant link actuated by a discretely attached shape memory alloy (SMA) wire subjected to a time-varying input voltage. The framework for a constrained recovery of the shape memory alloy wire is developed from a robust numerical model. The model for the large deflection of a beam element due to follower forces resulting from discrete actuation using a SMA wire is coupled with the proposed framework. Thus, the response of the link is correlated with the input voltage. The algorithm for implementing this framework has been demonstrated along with some numerical examples. Experiments have also been conducted on a SMA actuated cantilever beam, and the results are compared with those of the simulations. A qualitative agreement between the two is observed. It is concluded that the theoretical results can provide a reference signal for active control of the link to achieve higher accuracy.