Ever since Lamon Archey joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Eli Grant back in February of 2017, some fans have been wondering where this guy came from and who he's related to in Salem. So we thought we’d explain his past to help fill in some of the blanks and predict where he'll go in the future!
Eli is the son of Valerie Grant and David Banning, although he was raised by his mother’s friend, Terrence, and never knew his real father. David Banning is Julie Williams’ son, and many years ago, after a massive falling out with his mother, he was taken in by the Grant family where he fell in love with Valerie. Their engagement was broken off when he had an affair with Trish Clayton and she became pregnant. But now it turns out that Valerie had also given birth to David’s child, although secretly!
David died off-screen in a motorcycle accident, and Eli showed up at the funeral where Valerie was shocked to see him. Although he grew up believing Terrence was his father, when Eli applied to join the FBI, tests were done that revealed there was no way that could be true. Putting two and two together, Eli realized David was his real father, and confronted his mother about lying to him.
Julie was surprised to learn she had another grandson, but Eli’s appearance in her life has helped her deal with the grief of losing her son. She also threw a special lunch so that Eli could meet the Horton family and hear stories of their lives that he missed out on.
Eli was furious with his mother for never allowing him to know his father, and Valerie was devastated by the idea that she’d ruined her son’s life forever. Thankfully, after the intervention of friends and family, Eli began to warm towards Val and ultimately reconciled with her after returning from being stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash.
Working with the Salem PD, Eli has found himself caught up in plenty of drama since his arrival, including the murder of Deimos, which occurred in the Martin House, which he had just received as a gift from his grandmother, Julie!
The handsome detective hasn’t had much luck in the romance department, with his relationship with Gabi Hernandez never really getting off the ground because he was convinced she still had feelings for JJ. He got closer to Lani Price, and even slept with her after thinking Gabi had spent the night with JJ. He was horrified to later find out Gabi had been trying to keep JJ from killing himself, and things got even worse when Lani turned out to be pregnant! The truth about their one-night stand came out during Gabi's murder trial, and Eli has decided to stay by Lani's side during her difficult pregnancy which tragically resulted in the loss of their unborn child.
Eli and Lani have slowly been coming back together, though both are reluctant to act on the feelings they clearly still have for each other. Stay tuned to see how his storyline continues, and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!