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.
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.