Why Shannon Gibbs From NCIS Looks So Familiar
There is an old saying that says, “Every great man is preceded by a great woman.” Well, in the case of Mark Harmon’s grumpy but good-natured NCIS hero, Special Agent Leroy “Jethro” Gibbs, that woman happens to be his first wife, Shannon, portrayed by Darby Stanchfield.
The only time we see Shannon Gibbs on NCIS is in flashbacks, and that’s because she and her daughter Kelly (played by Sam Schuder) died in a car crash set up by a drug dealer in Mexico more than ten years before the show takes place. So, while NCIS seems like it’s on every time you turn on your TV remote, the Stanchfield version of Shannon isn’t as well-known.
However, much like the NCIS stars that remained at the forefront of the show and were seen living in real time, there's a good chance you'll know Stanchfield from somewhere else. The actress has appeared on some of the most renowned TV shows of the last 20 years, and is now starring on a Netflix series that's hoping to continue the streaming service's run of fantasy-horror hits. Here's why Shannon Gibbs from NCIS looks so familiar.
But, like the "real-time" NCIS stars who remained at the forefront of the show, there’s a chance you’ll recognize Stanchfield somewhere else. The actress has starred in some of the best-known television shows of the past two decades, and she’s set to star in a new Netflix series that’s likely to continue the streamer’s run of sci-fi-horror fare. Here’s why Shannon Gibbs looks so familiar from NCIS.
Darby Stanchfield’s resume is a must-watch list of TV
NCIS has consistently ranked as the most watched drama in the U.S. — but it's far from the only hit show Stanchfield has been involved with. One of her very first TV jobs was on an episode of Angel, the spin-off of Joss Whedon's beloved supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Stanchfield also had a small role on everyone's favorite boxset of the '00s, 24, playing Mandy's (Mia Kirshner) ill-fated neighbor Shari. Elsewhere in the early-to-mid-2000s era of her career, Stanchfield popped up on That '80s Show, Monk, It's All Relative, Strong Medicine, Without a Trace, and Nip/Tuck.
Just before landing her NCIS gig, the actress secured a job on Jericho, CBS' post-apocalyptic action-drama that ran for just two seasons (from 2007 to 2008) before it was cancelled. Stanchfield portrayed April Green, a doctor at a medical center in the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas. Her stint lasted 15 episodes, with her character's arc ending in death.
From there, Stanchfield took over the character of Amelia Joffe on General Hospital for 10 episodes in 2007, and then booked a recurring role on the iconic drama series Mad Men. She played Helen Bishop, the divorcee who scandalized '60s suburbia, for five episodes on the first two seasons of the series.
It took a while for Stanchfield to land another character who came back for more than one episode, but she worked consistently on many well-known shows. She has had one-off appearances on Bones, Private Practice, The Mentalist, Ghost Whisperer, and even How I Met Your Mother, on which she played the snobby former tenant of Marshall (Jason Segel) and Ted's (Josh Radnor) apartment.
After booking NCIS, Stanchfield doubled down on the crime angle with two separate roles on CSI: NY and CSI: Miami. You may also know her as Richard Castle's (Nathan Fillion) first ex-wife from crime-meets-comedy series Castle.
Darby Stanchfield held major roles on two big series
Having popped up for one or two episodes of numerous hit shows, Stanchfield landed her first major recurring role in 2012. On the Shonda Rhimes-created political thriller series Scandal, the actress played Abby Whelan, the outspoken former Press Secretary and Chief of Staff at the White House and the (mostly) loyal best friend and colleague to Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope.
Stanchfield also got the chance to influence Olivia Pope's world off screen. She created and directed a promotional web series called Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, which was released a week before the show's season 6 premiere. She must have impressed the showrunners because she later got the chance to direct an episode of the final season — the 15th episode, entitled "The Noise."
If you're more into supernatural demons than lawyers, you may know Stanchfield from her most recent role. She plays Nina Locke on Netflix's adaptation of the graphic novel series Locke & Key, which hit the streaming platform on February 7, 2020. Stanchfield plays the mother of three children who return to their father's childhood home after he's murdered. The fun-slash-horror starts when they find mysterious keys that unlock supernatural portals and attract a demonic force. Nina is also an alcoholic, which gave Stanchfield an emotional new challenge to tackle. Although Netflix hasn't confirmed anything yet, the ending of Locke & Key hinted that there could be a second season, meaning Stanchfield could be back for more spooks and scares.
Either way, Stanchfield’s storied career is unlikely to end anytime soon.