When Vivian returned to Salem, fans were excited to see actress Louise Sorel again, but the reveal of her son had some viewers wondering who plays Stefan O. DiMera on DAYS OF OUR LIVES? Now, this isn’t the classic villain, Stefano DiMera, who was played by the late Joseph Mascolo — this is his son, Stefan, and he’s played by popular Daytime Emmy Award winner Tyler Christopher!
Stefan Octavius DiMera first appeared on Dec. 29, 2017, and it was revealed that the character is the previously-unknown child of Vivian Alamain and Stefano DiMera. He was conceived when Stefano was posing as Rudolpho Meradi and seduced Vivian to steal her ruby. Although Viv’s manservant, Ivan, told her the baby was stillborn, the infant was spirited away. However, as an adult, Stefan learned the true identity of his mother and confronted Ivan, who revealed the truth. As the brother of Chad DiMera, Stefan has now taken over as the new CEO of DiMera Enterprises!
Clashing with the rest of his family, Stefan found himself drawn to Chad's wife, Abigail. However, she wouldn't even give him the time of day. Well, not until she suddenly had a mental break and began suffering from DID. One of her alternate personalities, who called herself "Gabby," seduced Stefan and even got him into bed. Unfortunately, Chad caught them together and beat Stefan to within an inch of his life!
Stefan and Vivivan made a grand entrance on DAYS! (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
Christopher got his start playing Nikolas Cassadine on ABC sudser GENERAL HOSPITAL back in 1996. He played the role off and on until 2016, even portraying Nik’s evil look-alike, Connor Bishop, for a little while! During his time on GH, Christopher was nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards. He started with Outstanding Younger Actor in 1998, then moved to Supporting Actor in 2005 and 2006, and finally took home his first trophy in 2016 in the Lead Actor category!
Christopher was very popular as the Dark Prince on GH! (Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/ABC via Getty Images)
This isn’t actually the first time that Christopher has appeared on DAYS. Back in 2001, he made a special appearance as SIgnore Christofero in an episode where several daytime stars appeared as guests at Greta’s coronation, including his former GH castmate Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke).
Christopher has appeared in many primetime TV series including CHARMED, ANGEL, and CROSSING JORDAN, and had a recurring role on THE LYING GAME. Recently, the actor has appeared in the indie films F.R.E.D.I. and Pretty Broken.
While his soap characters have had no end of romantic drama, In real life, Christopher is happily married to his wife, Brienne, and they have two children together — an eight-year-old son, Greyson, and a two-year-old daughter, Boheme.
Since arriving in Salem, Stefan has caused no end of trouble, but has Chad put an end to his reign of terror? Stay tuned as his storyline continues to unfold, and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!