Abby Whelan

Played by Darby Stanchfield

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Character Bio (courtesy of

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.



Actor Bio (courtesy of

Darby Stanchfield is best known for her role as Helen Bishop on AMC’s Emmy® Award-winning drama, Mad Men. The daughter of a commercial fisherman, she 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 her recurring role as Shannon Gibbs, Sgt. Gibbs (Mark Harmon’s) first wife in NCIS. She played Dr. April Green on  Jericho, and Nathan Fillion’s ex-wife on Castle. Additional credits include How I Met Your Mother, Burn Notice, CSI:NY, CSI:Miami, 24, Bones, Nip/Tuck, Without a Trace, Monk, Strong Medicine and Angel.

Stanchfield was seen in Adrienne Shelley’s critically acclaimed Waitress, opposite Nathan Fillion and Keri Russell, and costarred opposite 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.

Who Am I? – Darby Stanchfield (courtesy of

“Who Am I?” is an acting tool that Kerry Washington uses during the creative process of developing a character by using this list of questions as a way of discovering new things about the character. Washington has asked fellow actors to answer the same questions as a fun way for us to learn more about them!

For more information on Darby Stanchfield

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Follow her on twitter: @darbystnchfld


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