Darby Stanchfield '93

Darby Stanchfield '93

ABC's Scandal star Darby Stanchfield '93 revisits her life since graduating from Puget Sound.

From Puget Sound to Hollywood

Darby Stanchfield '93 (Communication Studies major; Theatre Arts minor) has pursued an acting career since graduating from Puget Sound. Currently starring in ABC's hit series Scandal, Darby returns to campus to talk about life in the limelight, and the perseverance required to get there.

"From Puget Sound to Hollywood"
An evening with Darby Stanchfield
Monday, April 21, 2014
7 p.m. in Kilworth Memorial Chapel

The audience for this special event is University of Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff. those individuals can Bring their current Puget Sound ID CARD to the Info Center to obtain a complimentary ticket.

A limited number of tickets are now available to the broader community through the wheelock information center at 253.879.3100 or tickets.pugetsound.edu. 

Ms. Stanchfield's campus visit is co-sponsored by Alumni and Parent Relations, Career and Employment Services, the Panhellenic Council, Theatre Arts, and Communication Studies.

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,” a spunky, outspoken investigator and right hand woman to “Olivia Pope,” played by Kerry Washington. In the series, Darby’s character is a compassionate member of Pope’s band of “warriors” at 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 returned for its third season on October 3, 2013.

Prior to Scandal, 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 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.

Miss the talk? Darby also sat down with two Career and Employment Services student staff members to talk about her career path. Here's the transcript from that conversation.

Photo by Don Flood