Darby Stanchfield

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Darby Stanchfield
Darby Stanchfield May 2014 (cropped).jpg
Stanchfield attends the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents' dinner reception, May 2014
Born (1971-04-29) April 29, 1971 (age 43)
Kodiak, Alaska, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Darby Stanchfield (born 29 April 1971[1]) is an American film and television actress, best known for her role as Abby Whelan in the ABC drama Scandal.

Early life[edit]

Stanchfield was born and raised in Kodiak, Alaska, where her father was a commercial fisherman. She later moved to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands, and finally Mercer Island, near Seattle. She attended the University of Puget Sound, graduating in 1993 with a degree in Communications and a minor in theater. She graduated from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.[2]


Stanchfield has appeared in over 40 television shows and films since early 2000s. She has guest-starred in Diagnosis: Murder, Angel, Monk, and later co-starred in films, such as Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004), The Picture of Dorian Gray (2005) and Waitress (2007).[2]

On television Stanchfield has appeared in recurring roles as April Green on CBS series Jericho from 2006 to 2007, and as Helen Bishop on the AMC period drama Mad Men (2007-2008).[1] She played Shannon Gibbs in NCIS from 2006 to 2012. In 2007 she played Amelia Joffe (replacing Annie Wersching) in ABC soap opera General Hospital.[1][2] Her other credits include guest-starring roles on Bones, Cold Case, Private Practice, The Mentalist, Ghost Whisperer and How I Met Your Mother. She played Meredith, the lead character's first ex-wife, on the ABC series Castle in 2009 and in 2013.[3]

In March, 2011 Shonda Rhimes cast Stanchfield in her drama series Scandal, as Abby Whelan.[4] The series debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012[5] and in the second season rose to become one of the most high-rated dramas on television.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Diagnosis Murder Nora Episode: "Hot House"
2001 Angel Denise Episode: "Happy Anniversary"
2002 That '80s Show Spokeslady #1 Episode: "Road Trip"
2002 American Dreams Amy Episode: "The Fighting Irish"
2003 Monk Erin Hammond Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame"
2004 It's All Relative Jordan F. Episode: "Who's Camping Now"
2004 Good Girls Don't... Redhead Episode: "Whatever Happened to Jane's Baby?"
2004 Strong Medicine Hilary Davis Episode: "Code"
2005 Without a Trace Kim Episode: "End Game"
2005 24 Shari Episode: "Day 4: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m."
2005 Picture of Dorian Gray, TheThe Picture of Dorian Gray Sybil Vane
2005 Inside, TheThe Inside New Girl Episode: "New Girl in Town"
2005 Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus Store Clerk TV movie
2005 Nip/Tuck Aimee Bolton Episode: "Tommy Bolton"
2006 Campus Ladies Mikka Episode: "Night of the Condom"
2006–2007 Jericho April Green 15 episodes
2007 Waitress Francine Pomatter
2007 Bones Connie Lopata Episode: "The Bodies in the Book"
2007 General Hospital Amelia Joffe 10 episodes
2007 Cold Case Melissa Carter Episode: "Thick as Thieves"
2007 Exes & Ohs Sienna 3 episodes
2007–2008 Mad Men Helen Bishop 5 episodes
2008 Square Root of 2, TheThe Square Root of 2 Rachel
2008 Sacrifice, TheThe Sacrifice Loretta Johnson Monaco International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting actress
2008 Private Practice Tess Milford Episode: "Tempting Faith"
2009 Exes & Ohs Sienna Episode: "Fish in a Barrel"
2009 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Stevie Caid Episode: "Paint It Red"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Greer Clarkson Episode: "Delusions of Grandview"
2009 Life Ella Holden Episode: "Initiative 38"
2009 Open House Beth Dunne Short film
2009 CSI: NY Dawn Higgins Episode: "It Happened to Me"
2010 How I Met Your Mother Marissa Heller Episode: "Robots Versus Wrestlers"
2011 CSI: Miami Linda Hill Episode: "F-T-F"
2011 Burn Notice Sadie Forte Episode: "Eye for an Eye"
2011 Clay Woman Short film
2011 Finding Hope Loretta
2011 Guest Room, TheThe Guest Room Karen
2011 Fixing Pete Cynthia
2006-2012 NCIS Shannon Gibbs 6 episodes
2012–present Scandal Abby Whelan Series regular
2009, 2013 Castle Meredith Episodes: "Always Buy Retail" and "Significant Others"
2015 Medicine Men Clementine


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