Darby Stanchfield Bio

If you are a fan of the fantasy horror drama “Locke & Key”, you are certainly familiar with the character of Nina Locke, a cheerful and charming woman who, after her husband’s death, shows how a loving and protective parent she is, even though she was suffering from alcoholism. When the series was premiered in 2019, people wanted to know more about the actress who portrayed this character, so if you are one of them, let us introduce you to Darby Leigh Stanchfield.

She is an actress with over 45 credits to her name, and besides the aforementioned role, Darby is perhaps known best for her role as Aby Whelan in the series “Scandal”, also starring Katie Lowes and Kerry Washington, which won two Primetime Emmys, while Darby and the rest of the crew won the TV Guide Fan Favorite Award. She’s also starred in numerous movies – one of her notable roles was in the short movie “The Sacrifice”. which in 2009 won her the Monaco International Film Festival Angel Film Award for Best Supporting Female Actor, Short Film.

Early life and education

Darby Stanchfield was born under the zodiac sign of Taurus on 29 April 1971, in Kodiak, Alaska USA; she holds American nationality, and she comes from a family of Caucasian descent. Her father was a commercial fisherman, but she hasn’t shared his name, and there is also little known about her mother, except that she was raised by them, and that her family also lived on islands Aleutian and Mercer, and finally settled in Seattle, a seaport city in Washington State.

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Darby attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1989, enrolled at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington State, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1993. She then attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California, where she earned her degree in theatre.

Roles in series

Darby made her acting debut portraying Nora in an episode of the series “Diagnosis Murder” in 2000, and was next seen as Denise in “Angel” in 2001. In the following years, she guest-starred in series such as “American Dreams” (2002), “Monk” (2003), “Strong Medicine” (2004), “24” (2005), before in 2006 being cast to play Doctor April Green in “Jericho” through 2008.

Concurrently, she was seen as Amelia Joffe in “General Hospital” in 2007, and she also portrayed Helen Bishop in “Mad Men” in 2007 and 2008.

In the following years, Darby was seen starring in “Private Practice”, “The Mentalist”, and “Ghost Whisperer”, but mostly guest-starred in numerous series, plus having recurring roles in “NCIS”, “Castle”, and “Exes & Ohs” through 2012, when she was cast to play Abby Whelan in “Scandal” which aired until 2018.

Two years later, she had the title role as Nina Locke in the series “Locke & Key”, her most notable to date, which brought her international recognition, and her fans will be happy to hear that the third season of the series is announced for August 2022 by the official Netflix website.

Roles in movies

Darby made her first big-screen appearance portraying Sybil Vane in the 2004 movie “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, also starring Josh Duhamel, Rainer Judd, and Branden Waugh, followed in the same year by her role as Store Clerk in the TV movie “Single Santa Seeks Mr. Claus”.

Her next role came in 2007, when she was cast to play Francine Pomatter in “Waitress”, and then she was seen as Loretta Johnson in the short drama movie “The Sacrifice” in 2009, and two years later portrayed Karen in the horror movie “Serving Up Richard”.

In 2011, she was also seen in short movies “Clay” and “Finding Hope”, and starred in the TV movie “Fixing Pete”. In 2015, she was cast to play Rachel in “The Square Root of 2”, followed by her roles in “Carnage Park”, “Loserville” and “The Rendezvous” through 2016.

Darby portrayed Emily in the 2018 movie “The Clinic”, and in the following year, she was Alison in “Justine”, followed by her role as Gloria Borlock in the 2020 movie “Stargirl”, while her most recent movie role was her portrayal of Rebecca in the action adventure comedy “Willie and Me” in 2022.

Love life and relationships

There have been various rumors concerning Derby’s love life, but she prefers to keep her personal matters away from the media’s attention, and hasn’t spoken about any previous relationships before she met her future husband, Joseph Mark Gallegos.

He is the owner of the marketing firm 101 North, and came into the limelight after it was revealed that he was dating the famous “Scandal” actress, back in the early 2000s. In 2009, they tied the knot in a private wedding ceremony held in the presence of their closest family members and friends.

Although some rumors were saying that Darby secretly gave birth to their child, and that she kept her pregnancy a secret, these assumptions are proven to be false.

Not much is known about their marriage and current lives since, they both avoid sharing their joint photos on social media platforms, while in most of her interviews, Darby avoids answering questions related to her private life.

As of June 2022, Darby is married; she doesn’t have children.

Age, salary, and net worth

Darby’s age is 51 – she has blue eyes, and long red hair which is her trademark. She weighs around 130lbs (59kgs) and is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-24-36.

According to sources, actors have an average salary of $35,000 per episode for starring in a series, depending on the role they play, however, since Darby portrayed one of the leading roles in “Locke & Key”, it’s assumed that she may have earned a decent amount of money. As of June 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $4 million, mostly accumulated thanks to her acting in numerous series and movies.

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