Abigail has had quite a life on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, escaping death and developing dissociative identity disorder. But it looks as though she will finally get a happily ever after! The daughter of Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton, Abigail was born in 1992 and played by a series of child actors including Jillian Claire, who portrayed the girl from 2003-04. In October of 2004, the character was aged into a teenager and Ashley Benson stepped into the role. She stayed for three years, departing in 2007. In March of 2011, Kate Mansi joined DAYS as the newest Abigail, and she made her last appearance in June of 2016. Marci Miller is the latest actress to play the part, and made her debut in November of 2016. Although the actress said goodbye to the soap in the fall of 2018, Mansi returned for a brief stint to wrap up her storyline.
As a little girl, Abigail grew up all over the world, and thought her father was dead more than a few times before he actually passed away for real. As a teenager, Abigail had a crush on Max Brady, but when he told her he just wanted to be friends, she went to live with her family in London.
When Abigail finally returned in 2011 as an adult, she found herself attracted to Chad DiMera, but he had feelings for her best friend, Melanie Jonas. After an ill-advised attempt to seduce a married Austin, Abby began a relationship with Cameron Davis. But after her father’s tragic death, Abigail pushed the doctor away.
Abigail rekindled things with Chad, but broke up with him after he ruined Gabi and NIck’s wedding and began a fling with his brother, EJ DiMera. When Chad returned to Salem, she slept with him despite being in a relationship with Ben Weston. And when she found herself pregnant, she was dismayed to learn it was Ben’s baby because it turned out he was a serial killer! When Ben abducted Abigail, she went into early labor and delivered their son. Chad tried to rescue her, but Ben tied them both to the bed and set it on fire before running off with the infant.
Thankfully, Chad and Abigail were rescued and Ben was arrested. She named her son Thomas Jack Deveraux and later learned that Chad is really the boy’s father. She and Chad married at the DiMera mansion to finally become a family.
Unfortunately, Abigail began having hallucinations of Ben and went to desperate extremes to prove that he was really tormenting her again. Chad had her committed to Shady Hills, but continuing to see visions of Ben, she broke out and was later presumed dead in a plane crash.
Abigail returned to Salem very much alive months later and spied on her loved ones, including Chad, who had developed a relationship with Gabi Hernandez. After revealing herself, Abby reconciled with Chad, but he admitted that while he wanted to continue to be a family with her and Thomas, he also loved Gabi. But while Chad and Gabi grew closer, Abigail found herself falling for Dario’s con and agreed to marry him so he wouldn’t be deported. Dario blackmailed Abby into staying in their loveless marriage by threatening Chad, and when that didn’t work, he attempted to have Chad killed but Abigail got in the way!
Thankfully, Abigail recovered from her injuries, and she and Chad were finally remarried. But just as things were looking up for them, Andre was murdered and the DiMera family was thrown into chaos. Although Gabi emerged as a prime suspect, the shocking truth was that it was Abigail wearing a black wig and Gabi’s clothing! In addition to developing the alternate personality of “Gabby,” Abigail also turned into Dr. Laura occasionally. While in “Gabby” mode, Abigail seduced and slept with Stefan DiMera and wound up pregnant. For revenge, Gabi tampered with the paternity test so it would say Stefan was the father, not Chad.
Abigail underwent therapy to integrate her personalities, but Gabi continued to torture her and make it appear that she was turning into “Gabby” again. Shortly after she gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte, Chad sadly had her committed to a mental institution for her own safety. And once she was safely locked up, Gabi poured salt in the wound by confessing to her nasty plot.
Abigail was able to use Stefan to get herself out of the institution and working with Julie, expose Gabi’s scheme. Finally reunited with Chad and their children, Abigail became Mrs. DiMera once more and planned to leave Salem to live happily ever after. Will she ever return again? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out! And for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!