Abby Whelan
Portrayed by Darby Stanchfield
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OPA Character
Biographical Information
Status: Alive
Full name: Abigail Whelan
Gender: Female
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Blue
Residence: Washington D.C.
  • Abby
  • Abs
  • Red
  • Gabby
  • Firebrand (Secret Service Codename)
Current Occupation:
  • Associate @ QPA
Past Occupations:
Current Relationship:
Past Relationships:
Character Information
First appearance: "Sweet Baby"
Appearance Count: 110

Okay... ground rule! Anytime I'm on the CD's, you hear something "R"-rated, you stop listening, and you bring it to me. Understood?

— Abby to the OPA Team, Nobody Likes Babies

Abby Whelan worked at Olivia Pope's consulting firm, Olivia Pope & Associates until she joined The White House as the Press Secretary. She later became the Chief of Staff of the White House after Cyrus was fired. When Fitz's presidency ended, she rejoined OPA, which is now renamed to QPA (Quinn Perkins & Associates) and run by Quinn Perkins.


The character of Abby Whelan is one of the main characters of the series portrayed by Darby Stanchfield.


Abby was married for 4 years to Charles Putney, the youngest son of former Virginia Governor James Putney. This was apparently an arranged political marriage.  She left him when he beat her in a drunken rage. When he fractured three of her ribs, broke her jaw and threw her out into the snow in her nightgown, Olivia Pope took a tire iron to his knee cap. She then got Abby the best divorce attorney in the state and got her out of that marriage (Enemy of the State).

She stayed with Olivia after her divorce and while Olivia was campaigning during the Presidential election. She likes to bake things to preoccupy her mind. She is an attorney, but works as an investigator for Olivia Pope & Associates (OPA). She got involved with David Rosen, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, who was investigating Olivia Pope. At that time, she helped him with his investigation. Olivia did not want her to help David get closer to the truth, so she had Harrison Wright plant false information that David beat his ex-girlfriend to break Abby and David up. As David Rosen got closer and closer to exposing the truth about Defiance, Abby assisted in covering up the election rigging scandal by breaking into David's safe at home and stealing the voter machine memory card that would prove David's case. As a result, David's case against the Defiance conspirators fell apart and he lost his job as an AUSA. David and Abby have been having a no strings attached - sex only - relationship, although David said that he wouldn't want a relationship with someone he couldn't trust. Abby continues to lie about stealing the voting machine memory card. But the truth soon comes to light and she confesses to David what she did. (Any Questions?)


Abby is very opinionated, whether it is about her colleagues or their clients, she tends to speak up about it. Her personality comes in handy with her job. She uses her investigating skills along with her sass to get into crimes scenes where she's not welcome.



Charles PutneyEdit

Abby was married to Charles Putney for four years but she left him because he was abusive. Olivia later than helped Abby to filed for divorce.

Many years later during Abby's time as Press Secretary, she must face Charles again- only this time he is married again and running for Governor of Virginia. While at first Abby was overwhelmed with the fact that her former abuser would once again be in her life if he won the election, she was able to finally stand up to Charles when she has a run-in with him in a parking lot. And with the help of his campaign manager Leo Bergen, Abby is assured that he will not win the election therefore she will not have to work with him in the near future.

David RosenEdit

Abby and David's relationship sparked up when David was on a witch hunt out to get Olivia, he hit on Abby in bar and surprise, surprise hours later they were in bed together. Abby and David continued to have a sexual relationship but things started to get serious when Abby discovered what David was really up to, when she saw his infamous wall. At the time Abby was already suspicious of Olivia so she was more than happy to assist David with his investigation. Their relationship started to get more serious, David even offered Abby a drawer to put some clothes in; but not too long after that she learned that David had a past of beating a girlfriend - which was false of course, the work of Olivia & Harrison. Distraught she broke it off with David. After learning Olivia faked the accusations of David beating his ex-girlfriend, Abby reunites with David. However, when Abby steals the memory card and prevents David from being able to prove voter fraud in Defiance, Ohio, David ends things with Abby again..

Shortly after their breakup, Abby and David reconcile their sexual relationship and eventually begin dating again after David makes it clear that he does not want to "play games". As their romantic relationship gets serious in season three, so does their professional one, as Abby and David continue to work together to use his connections to help OPA and a few of their cases. Yet Abby begins to worry again when David once again is stuck trying to uncovering conspiracies with James Novak. Abby eventually breaks up with David after watching him prioritize the b613 files over their relationship. And while they did end their relationship, they still remained good colleagues and friends.

While they had a strong friendship for many years, David begins to show his strong romantic feelings towards Abby. Initially, Abby rejects him after he tries to hold her hand at a White House event and reminds her of how good they are together. Soon she realizes that David was right and spontaneously kisses him, sparking up their relationship again. At first, David seems distant when he is reminded of how dangerous Abby's career at OPA is and how it would hurt him if he fell in love with her and tragically lost her, again. But after talking to Abby, they realize that no matter what happens, they both want to stay together and have a happy ending.

Leo BergenEdit

Abby first met Leo when she was proxying for Olivia to handle things in the White House. Abby and Leo met again when Leo came into the White House as the campaign manager of Charles Putney, the ex-husband of Abby. After Abby tells Leo about her and Charles’s relationship, Leo ruins Charles Putney's campaign by telling the press that Charles set up the sex video scandal, forcing him to withdraw his candidacy. This leads them to bond and eventually, they started dating. Later, it appeared that they live together. However, due to their work situations, the relationship did not work out.


Olivia PopeEdit

Olivia and Abby have been friends since law school. Olivia saved Abby from an abusive husband, a politician. She helped her get through and moved her into her apartment. When Olivia opened up her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates she hired Abby to be the firm's investigator. Their friendship have been on and off again but at the end of the day, they always forgive each other and support each other.


Cyrus BeeneEdit

Abby and Cyrus worked well together when Abby was hired as the White House Press Secretary and Cyrus was the Chief of Staff. They sometimes have different opinions on the matters and have their fights but they always understand and work together. In later episodes of season five, Abby found out that Cyrus is secretly working for a democrat, Frankie Vargas, and running his campaign, she told Fitz and made him fired Cyrus. Fitz then told Abby that she should be the one to fire Cyrus because she is the one who wants Cyrus' job.. Although Abby fired Cyrus, he is the one that she goes to when she needs an opinion. When Cyrus was in jail for the assassination of Frankie Vargas, she was the one who believed him and was willing to help him get out of jail.

Fitz GrantEdit

Abby started working with Fitz when she became the Press Secretary of the White House. They had a rocky start at the beginning of the work relationship but later, they worked close and Abby even became the "work-wife" of Fitz. When Fitz started dating Lillian, Abby told him that he can't date Lillian until there are rules or protocols planned for a single President to date someone. Fitz told Abby that if he's going to have to tell Abby about his sex life, they should be on a first-name basis and that it made Abby his closest friend in the world.

Abby felt close enough to Fitz to tell him about her allegiance to Peus and not be judged. Fitz understood Abby's actions and even encouraged Olivia to forgive her.

Elizabeth NorthEdit

Both Abby and Elizabeth are kept out the circle regarding the Fitz Grant, Mellie Grant and Olivia Pope situation. Fitz doesn't tell Elizabeth that he went to attend Mellie's swearing in event and Olivia didn't tell Abby that she was sleeping Fitz. Abby discovers that Elizabeth is the one who leaked the scandalous photos that Sally Langston and The Liberty Report found. She uses this knowledge to force a standard of equality. A slightly-thrown Elizabeth agrees to work with her in the future.


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