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Abby Whelan

Played by Darby Stanchfield

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Abby Whelan is the firm's crack investigator. Outspoken, indomitable and always willing to spar, Abby takes her work seriously and never suffers fools. Abby and Olivia’s friendship goes way back to law school and they’re the first ones to call each other out when either goes adrift. She also hates Republicans and likes baking—in fact, she uses baking as a way to settle her nerves after long days dealing with the viper’s nest that is Washington D.C.

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Prior to "Scandal," Darby Stanchfield was best known for her role as Helen Bishop on AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama "Mad Men."

The daughter of a commercial fisherman, Stanchfield grew up in a remote fishing village, Dutch Harbor, Alaska (where "The Deadliest Catch" films.) She has a Master of Fine Arts from The American Conservatory Theatre.

In addition to "Mad Men," her television credits include recurring roles such as Shannon Gibbs, Sgt. Gibbs (Mark Harmon's) first wife, in "NCIS;" 'Meredith aka: the deep fried twinkie" (Nathan Fillion's ex-wife) on "Castle"; and DR. April Green on "Jericho." Other credits include "How I Met Your Mother," "Burn Notice," "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami," "24," "Bones," "Private Practice," "Nip/Tuck," "Without a Trace," "The Mentalist" and "Monk."

Stanchfield was seen in Adrienne Shelley's critically acclaimed "Waitress," opposite Nathan Fillion and Keri Russell, and also co-starred with Josh Duhamel in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray."

Stanchfield has recorded a number of radio plays for NPR, including Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," with Josh Radnor and Justine Bateman, produced by LA Theatre Works. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.