Actress Jen Lilley started acting in 2007, but it wasn’t until her role in the box-office hit film, “The Artist,” in 2011, that her career properly took off. In 2013, Lilley joined the “Days of Our Lives” cast to play the role of Theresa Donovan. She is no stranger to soaps and had previously acted in “General Hospital”, as Maxie Jones.
Lilley brought life to the DOOL character and stayed on the show until 2016. She returned for a short time in 2018 to reprise the role but left after three months. Since then, Lilley has starred in several Hallmark TV movies.
The infamous crime boss of "Days of Our Lives", Stephano DiMera was a very popular character on the show. DiMera was played by Joseph Mascolo, who has a surprising background in doing another kind of performance art — he was actually a musician specializing in opera and classical music. Not exactly the kind of opera he had in mind at first, eh?
He joined DOOL in 1982, won three Soap Opera Digest awards, and stayed on for 34 years, before passing away in 2016. Apart from DOOL, Mascolo appeared in other popular TV shows like "Santa Barbara" and "General Hospital."
The handsome Missouri native Kyle Lowder joined the cast in 2000, where he played the role of Brady Black. Black starts the show as a spoiled college student that everyone dislikes, but just like in real life, the years go by and he starts to change. Throughout the show, he reforms and becomes a loving man.
Lowder played the role until 2005 and then went on to star in another famous soap opera — "The Bold and the Beautiful," as Rex Brady. He returned to DOOL in 2018 to reprise his role as Brady, and he even released a music album.
The handsome model, singer, broadcaster, dancer, and actor Eric Martsolf joined the cast of DOOL in 2008. His many talents helped him to take over the role of Brady Black after Kyle Lowder left the show. Martsolf had starred in the famous soap opera "Passions" for six years until the show was taken off the air.
The actor's most well-recognized part is in DOOL. Apart from other small roles in TV shows like "Rizzoli & Isles," Martsolf continues to play Brady Black in "Days of Our Lives" to this day. He won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal of Black in 2014.
Former model Eileen Davidson had her acting debut in the soap opera world and she hasn't left it since. In 1982, she was cast in "The Young and the Restless," as Ashley Abbott. Then she went on to star in "The Bold and the Beautiful," until being cast in "Days of Our Lives" in 1993.
Davidson played two characters in DOOL, that of Kristen Blake and that of her doppelganger, Susan Banks. Davidson continued on DOOL until 2021, during which time she also wrote various mystery novels and appeared in the famous reality TV show, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."