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] Between 2010 and 2012 she portrayed the recurring role of Dr. Freed in the teen drama web series Miss Behave.

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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