Abby WhelanPlayed by Darby Stanchfield
Abby Whelan is President Fitzgerald Grant's Chief of Staff at The White House. Outspoken, indomitable and always willing to spar, Abby takes her work seriously and never suffers fools. As the mouthpiece of the most powerful house in the nation, she often has to deal with rowdy press and a stubborn president. But as an original Olivia Pope & Associates gladiator, she definitely knows how to handle the heat. As Olivia's oldest friend, she tries to remain the voice of reason when scandals run through D.C.—which is pretty darn often.
Darby Stanchfield is a talented actress whose sharp wit and striking beauty has garnered attention on some of television's most compelling series.
Darby currently stars on Shonda Rhimes' ABC hit series "Scandal," portraying Abby Whelan, the spunky chief of staff and right-hand woman to President of the United States Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn. Darby's character was promoted to White House Press Secretary in seasons four and five. Prior to that, she started the series as an outspoken investigator and best friend of Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. She is a compassionate, yet brash member of Pope & Associates Gladiators, a renowned public relations firm in Washington, D.C. After enduring a dark past as a victim of domestic violence, Abby is driven to overcome the stigma of weakness by keeping a strong moral compass amongst political drivel. The series returns for its sixth season in September of 2016.
Prior to this, Darby was featured in season two of AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama, "Mad Men." In the hit series, Darby played the role of "Helen Bishop," a liberal single mother who relishes in stirring up controversy with "Betty Draper," the wife of an iconic advertising guru. Darby starred alongside a notable cast, including Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss.
Other television credits include starring opposite Nathan Fillion in ABC's crime thriller "Castle," a recurring role as Shannon Gibbs on CBS's military drama "NCIS," and a spot on CBS's action-packed series Jericho where she played April Green. In addition, Darby has appeared in roles across a host of successful television series, including "Burn Notice," "CSI: Miami," "How I Met Your Mother," "CSI: New York," "The Mentalist," "Private Practice," "Bones," "Nip/Tuck," "Without a Trace" and "Monk."
In film, Darby's credits include 70's thriller "Carnage Park," starring opposite Ashley Bell and Alan Ruck, produced by up-and-coming Diablo Entertainment, and directed by Mickey Keating. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Festival and recently sold for global distribution to Content Media. Other films include action/adventure film, "The Rendezvous," starring opposite Stana Katic and Raza Jaffery; Old West period piece "Medicine Men," opposite James Le Gros and Allan Corduner, which was written and directed by Guy Malim; "Loserville," staring opposite Jamie-Lynn Sigler; Adrienne Shelley's critically acclaimed "Waitress," opposite Nathan Fillion and Keri Russell; and an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," co-starring opposite Josh Duhamel.
Darby can be heard in a recording of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," with Josh Radnor and Justine Bateman, part of an ongoing series of radio plays LA Theatre Works produces for NPR.
Originally from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Darby is a graduate of The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where she received a Master's degree in Fine Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.