Darby Stanchfield

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Darby Stanchfield
Darby Stanchfield May 2014 (cropped).jpg
Stanchfield at Pre-White House Correspondents' dinner on May 3, 2014
Born Darby Leigh Stanchfield
(1971-04-29) April 29, 1971 (age 45)
Kodiak, Alaska, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Website darbystanchfield.com

Darby Leigh Stanchfield (born April 29, 1971)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Abby Whelan in the ABC political drama series Scandal (2012–present). Stanchfield is also known for roles as April Green in the CBS post-apocalyptic drama series Jericho (2006–07), and as Helen Bishop in the AMC period drama series Mad Men (2007–08).

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 began her career in theater, and made her screen debut in the episode of CBS crime drama, Diagnosis: Murder in 2000.[2] She later appeared in a number of television shows, include Angel, Monk, Strong Medicine, Nip/Tuck, Bones, Cold Case, The Mentalist and How I Met Your Mother.

Stanchfield was a regular cast member in the CBS post-apocalyptic drama series Jericho as April Green. She starred on show from 2006-07. In 2007 she played Amelia Joffe (replacing Annie Wersching for two weeks in May) in the ABC daytime soap opera, General Hospital.[1][2][3]

She was cast in the recurring role as Helen Bishop on Mad Men.[when?][4]

She played Shannon Gibbs, Mark Harmon's character first wife, in the CBS procedural NCIS from 2006 to 2012. Stanchfield also guest starred as Meredith, the title character's first ex-wife, on the ABC comedy-drama series Castle in 2009 and in 2013.[5]

In feature films, she had the female lead role opposite Josh Duhamel in the 2004 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and co-starred as Nathan Fillion's character wife in the comedy-drama Waitress (2007).[2] She appeared in a number of independent films. In March 2011, Shonda Rhimes cast Stanchfield in her political drama series Scandal.[6] Before Scandal, Stanchfield had guest role on Shonda Rhimes' Private Practice in 2008. The series debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012.[7] [8] She plays the role of Abby Whelan, the investigator in the lead character firm, and later the White House Press Secretary.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Picture of Dorian Gray Sibyl Vane
2007 Waitress Francine Pomatter
2008 Square Root of 2, TheThe Square Root of 2 Rachel Lehrer First film with Darby Stanchfield as a lead role
2008 Sacrifice, TheThe Sacrifice Loretta Johnson Monaco International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 Open House Beth Dunne Short film
2011 Clay Woman Short film
2011 Finding Hope Loretta
2011 Guest Room, TheThe Guest Room Karen
2011 Fixing Pete Cynthia
2015 Loserville Evelyn MacDonald
2016 Carnage Park[11] Ellen San Diego
2016 Medicine Men Clementine
2017 The Rendezvous[12] Ruthie
2017 Slumber[13] Emily
2017 Willie and Me Rebecca


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"
2004 Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus Store Clerk Television film
2005 Without a Trace Kim Episode: "End Game"
2005 24 Shari Episode: "Day 4: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m."
2005 Inside, TheThe Inside New Girl Episode: "New Girl in Town"
2005 Nip/Tuck Aimee Bolton Episode: "Tommy Bolton"
2006 Campus Ladies Mikka Episode: "Night of the Condom"
2006–07 Jericho April Green 15 episodes
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
2007–08 Mad Men Helen Bishop 5 episodes
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 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"
2006–12 NCIS Shannon Gibbs 6 episodes
2012–present Scandal Abby Whelan Series regular
TV Guide Award for Fan Favorite Cast in a Drama Series (2013)
2009, 2013 Castle Meredith Episodes: "Always Buy Retail" and "Significant Others"


  1. ^ a b "Darby Stanchfield Biography". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Darby Stanchfield: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Amelia Joffe Played by Annie Wersching on General Hospital - Soaps.com". Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bustle". Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Sandra Gonzalez (January 4, 2013). "'Castle' sneak peek: 'Scandal' star returns to crash Castle and Beckett's sleepover -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva (March 4, 2011). "Bruce Greenwood Among Latest ABC Pilot Castings". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ Tierney Bricker (May 13, 2011). "ABC picks up 'Charlie's Angels', 'Good Christian Belles', and ten more". Zap2it. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Tambay Obenson (February 1, 2013). "ABC's 'Scandal' Dominates At 10pm w/ Its 2nd Highest Rating Ever". IndieWire. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Scandal's Shonda Rhimes Reveals Harrison's Fate, Talks Season of Abby". TV Guide. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "'Scandal's' Darby Stanchfield on". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro. "Cannes: 'Carnage Park' Horror Pic Casts Ashley Bell, Darby Stanchfield - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ali Jaafar. "Stana Katic & Raza Jaffrey Star In Amin Matalqa's 'The Rendezvous'". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ Brent Lang. "Darby Stanchfield, Emily Bett Rickards Join 'Slumber'". Variety. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 

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