Patrika Darbo

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Patrika Darbo
Patrika Darbo.jpg
Darbo at the 16th Annual MovieGuide Faith and Values Awards Gala, February 2008
Born Patrika Davidson
(1948-04-06) April 6, 1948 (age 67)
Jacksonville, Florida
Years active 1983-present
Spouse(s) Rolf Darbo (1973-present)

Patrika Darbo (born April 6, 1948) is an American actress.

Early life[edit]

Patrika Davidson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the daughter of Patricia Davidson, a restaurant hostess, and "Chubby" Davidson a nightclub manager.[1] She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She studied theater at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, graduating in 1970,[2] and later attended the Atlanta School of Drama.[2] She worked as a credit manager until 1984, when she began a professional acting career.[3]


By 1991, Darbo had featured in numerous stage, film and television credits and was contracted to the ABC network.[3] In 1991, the Los Angeles Times reported that Darbo was undertaking a personal campaign to seek nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will?, written by Del Shores.[3]

Darbo appeared as Penny Baker on Step by Step (1991–1992). In 1994, she starred as Roseanne Barr in an NBC television movie, Roseanne and Tom: Behind the Scenes.[4] She starred as Miss Spencer in Ruby Bridges (1998). From 1998 to 2005, Darbo played Nancy Wesley on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actress in 2000.[citation needed]

Darbo was a guest star in two Seinfeld episodes; "The Revenge: (1991) and "The Sniffing Accountant" (1993).[citation needed] Later, in 2010, she also guest starred in Showtime's Dexter as a landlady.[5]

In 2012, Darbo played Grams in Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy.[6] In November 2012, it was announced that Darbo would reprise her role as Nancy Wesley on Days of Our Lives.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Darbo has been married to director Rolf Peter Darbo since 1973.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer
Days of Our Lives
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated


  1. ^ IMDb Patrika Darbo,
  2. ^ a b SOAP Central bio,; accessed May 13, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Broeske, Pat H.; Wilson, John M. (January 15, 1991). "Her Oscar campaign is personal". St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida). p. 30. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Richmond, Ray (October 31, 1994). "'Behind the Scenes' reveals Roseanne at her very worst". Ocala Star-Banner (Ocala, Florida). p. 30. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "‘Dexter’ Season 5, Episode 2 review: Getting back to normal". Retrieved January 9, 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ "Mickey Matson: Cast". Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Patrika Darbo Returns to Days of Our Lives". Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (February 28, 1999). "'General Hospital' named favorite soap at awards". The Argus-Press. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ Havens, Candace (May 12, 2000). "Lead actress Emmy race too close to call". The Union Democrat (Western Communications). p. 55. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 

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