Darby Stanchfield

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Darby Stanchfield
Darby Stanchfield 2008.jpg
Stanchfield in 2008
Born(1971-04-29) April 29, 1971 (age 42)
Kodiak, Alaska, USA
Years active2000–present
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Darby Stanchfield
Darby Stanchfield 2008.jpg
Stanchfield in 2008
Born(1971-04-29) April 29, 1971 (age 42)
Kodiak, Alaska, USA
Years active2000–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 appeared in over 40 television shows and films since early 2000's. 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 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 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]


2000Diagnosis MurderNoraEpisode: "Hot House"
2001AngelDeniseEpisode: "Happy Anniversary"
2002That '80s ShowSpokeslady #1Episode: "Road Trip"
2002American DreamsAmyEpisode: "The Fighting Irish"
2003MonkErin HammondEpisode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame"
2004It's All RelativeJordan F.Episode: "Who's Camping Now"
2004Good Girls Don't...RedheadEpisode: "Whatever Happened to Jane's Baby?"
2004Strong MedicineHilary DavisEpisode: "Code"
2005Without a TraceKimEpisode: "End Game"
200524ShariEpisode: "Day 4: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m."
2005Picture of Dorian Gray, TheThe Picture of Dorian GraySybil Vane
2005Inside, TheThe InsideNew GirlEpisode: "New Girl in Town"
2005Single Santa Seeks Mrs. ClausStore ClerkTV movie
2005Nip/TuckAimee BoltonEpisode: "Tommy Bolton"
2006Campus LadiesMikkaEpisode: "Night of the Condom"
2006–2007JerichoApril Green15 episodes
2007WaitressFrancine Pomatter
2007BonesConnie LopataEpisode: "The Bodies in the Book"
2007General HospitalAmelia Joffe10 episodes
2007Cold CaseMelissa CarterEpisode: "Thick as Thieves"
2007Exes & OhsSienna3 episodes
2007–2008Mad MenHelen Bishop5 episodes
2008Square Root of 2, TheThe Square Root of 2Rachel
2008Sacrifice, TheThe SacrificeLoretta JohnsonMonaco International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting actress
2008Private PracticeTess MilfordEpisode: "Tempting Faith"
2009Exes & OhsSiennaEpisode: "Fish in a Barrel"
2009Mentalist, TheThe MentalistStevie CaidEpisode: "Paint It Red"
2009Ghost WhispererGreer ClarksonEpisode: "Delusions of Grandview"
2009LifeElla HoldenEpisode: "Initiative 38"
2009Open HouseBeth DunneShort film
2009CSI: NYDawn HigginsEpisode: "It Happened to Me"
2010How I Met Your MotherMarissa HellerEpisode: "Robots Versus Wrestlers"
2011CSI: MiamiLinda HillEpisode: "F-T-F"
2011Burn NoticeSadie ForteEpisode: "Eye for an Eye"
2011ClayWomanShort film
2011Finding HopeLoretta
2011Guest Room, TheThe Guest RoomKaren
2011Fixing PeteCynthia
2006-2012NCISShannon Gibbs6 episodes
2012–presentScandalAbby WhelanSeries regular
2009, 2013CastleMeredithEpisodes: "Always Buy Retail" and "Significant Others"


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