Sami Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES is the kind of character you can't keep down for long. She's a fighter! After a series of child actors, Alison Sweeney took over the role in 1993 when the character was aged to a teenager. And aside from a brief time during 2005 when Sami was played by actor Dan Wells — we’ll explain that shortly! — Sweeney remained in the part until she left DAYS in 2015. But her goodbye wasn't exactly permanent as the actress has reprised her role for brief stints here and there.
As a teen in the ‘90s, Sami developed a crush on her sister Carrie’s boyfriend, Austin. Traumatized by witnessing her mother, Marlena Evans, cheating on husband Roman with John, Sami became bulimic, switched the blood test so Marlena would think Belle’s father was Roman, not John, and even kidnapped the infant to sell on the black market!
Sami was raped by Alan, a friend of Lucas Horton’s who was frustrated by his unrequited love for Carrie. With no proof, Sami was branded a liar, but when Alan tried to rape her again, she shot him in the groin! Lucas comforted Sami, and they had sex. But she still had a crush on Austin, and drugged him so he would sleep with her believing she was Carrie. After leaving town briefly, Sami returned to Salem pregnant and claiming Austin was the baby’s father. But after Will’s birth, Carrie uncovered the truth that Lucas was the real babydaddy.
After getting involved with Franco, Sami married him so he could remain in the country, but he was killed on their wedding day and Kate framed Sami for the murder. She was sentenced to death, but in the middle of her execution, Lucas confessed to save her. Unfortunately, after she was freed, Sami fell in love with Brandon and married him briefly. However, after her scheming doomed that union, she and Lucas grew closer and became engaged. But Kate sabotaged that by making her son think Sami had cheated on him the night before the wedding.
Sami’s damaged psyche caused her to work for Tony Dimera and disguise herself as a man named Stan who sold illegal drugs to John. (See, told you we’d get to that eventually!) Sami was able to convince Lucas that she’d never been unfaithful, but Kate then revealed the truth about Stan, and that was the end of that!
When Carrie returned to Salem, she ended up dating Lucas on the rebound, so Sami took advantage of the opportunity to be with Austin. Unfortunately, she found herself drawn to the handsome race car driver, EJ DiMera and her wedding to Austin ended in disaster. Carrie and Austin reunited and left town together so Sami turned to EJ who she discovered was not only also sleeping with Kate, but was also Stefano’s son!
Sami reunited with Lucas, and they made love while taking shelter from a snowstorm. However, when Lucas was injured, Sami went to get help, and EJ only offered his assistance if she would agree to sleep with him! Naturally, Sami became pregnant, and married Lucas before giving birth to twins Johnny and Allie. It was later revealed that Johnny was EJ’s and Allie was Lucas’ child. Sami agreed to marry EJ to help stop the Brady/Dimera feud, and EJ was shot at the wedding! Will was the real shooter, but Lucas took the fall to protect his son.
While pretending they were a happily married couple for the sake of their child, Sami and EJ began to develop genuine feelings for each other. She became pregnant again, but Nicole switched Sami’s baby with an adopted one after she miscarried herself. Eventually Sami was reunited with her daughter, Sydney, but a jealous EJ kidnapped the baby girl. Though he later changed his mind and returned Sydney and acted like the heroic rescuer, Rafe revealed the truth.
Sami found herself drawn to Rafe Hernandez, but shortly after they got married, Stefano and EJ switched Rafe with a look-alike imposter for a while. Sami slept with EJ, split up with Rafe, then reconnected with Lucas! Sami was ultimately supportive when son Will came out as gay, and tried to help him when it was revealed that Gabi’s baby was his, not Nick’s.
Reuniting with EJ again, the couple were married, but after he had an affair with Abigail, Sami teamed up with Kate to take DiMera Enterprises away from the family. Just as she was growing closer to reconciling with EJ, he was shot dead. Overwhelmed with grief, Sami took her kids and moved to Los Angeles having accepted a deal with movie executives to make a film of her incredible life story.
Sami returned to Salem briefly in 2015 when her son Will was murdered. She then received a letter from EJ and suspected he might still be alive. His instructions led her to a safe deposit box that contained the passwords to Stefano’s bank accounts, so she stole Stefano’s fortune and skipped town again with her children.
However, she returned again in November of 2017 when it was revealed that Will was alive and living in Nashville with Susan Banks believing he was her son, EJ! Everyone managed to bring Will home to Salem, but Sami went a little too far in trying to restore her son's memories when she enlisted Ben Weston to pretend to kill him all over again! A distraught Sami also slept with Rafe while he was fighting with Hope, quickly leaving town before she could do any more damage.
Sami returned again in the summer of 2018 to crash John and Marlena's wedding and it was revealed that she'd been held captive by Kristen DiMera. When Marlena was shot, Sami was the prime suspect as she'd been holding a gun but it was later proven that Xander was the one who had pulled the trigger. Sami was desperate to prove the rumors that EJ was still alive, and a DNA test on a mystery man recovered from an explosion confirmed his identity.
She left Salem with EJ to help him put his life back together, but returned in the spring of 2019 as Will was fighting for his life as he suffered from a brain tumor. Stay tuned to see how Sami's story continues, and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!