Ciara Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES is always getting into trouble. And sometimes it makes fans worry that she’s leaving the show! But if you take a look back at the young woman’s history, it’s clear that she’s a fighter! The role is currently being played by Victoria Konefal, who took over for Vivian Jovanni, who was last seen in May of 2017. Before that, Lauren Boles played Ciara growing up as a tween after Dakoda and Danica Hobbs were baby Ciara.
While grieving the loss of their young son, Zack, Bo and Hope Brady found comfort in each others’ arms and conceived Ciara. Although her paternity was in question in the beginning because Patrick had tampered with the DNA tests to claim he was her father. Bo delivered Ciara in a warehouse and Patrick confessed the infant’s true paternity before he was arrested for kidnapping Hope.
As a child, Ciara was abducted from the Salem Carnival by a man she’d come to call her “birthday buddy.” But he was actually a registered sex offender named Kyle who was working with his sister and her boyfriend to hold Ciara for ransom. Dean, a corrupt cop with the Salem PD, realized the authorities were closing in on them and shot Kyle and Brenda dead while wounding himself. Ciara was rescued, but traumatized by the experience. Especially when Dean later attempted to get the money from Hope after all. Thankfully, Bo saved the day and rescued his family!
Unfortunately, Hope and Bo’s marriage fell apart after that, and she began dating Aiden Jennings. Ciara approved of the match, but then Aidan tried to kill Hope and died in a struggle with Bo. Ciara was friends with Aiden’s son, Chase, and tried to support him during his grief. But things took a turn when she discovered that Chase was bullying Theo Carver. And even worse, Chase believed Ciara was in love with him and ended up raping her! After the traumatized young woman acted out for a while, she confided in Claire Brady, who joined forces with Theo and Joey Johnson to kidnap Chase so Ciara could confront him.
When Abigail was presumed dead in a plane crash, Ciara moved into the DiMera mansion to help Chad rise is and Abigail’s son, Thomas. She soon developed a crush on Chad, which made Theo jealous. But after Chad sent Ciara back home, Theo was already dating Claire. Ciara decided to try online dating, and began seeing a young man named Wyatt. She was surprised to find how much they had in common, but then Theo revealed that he had actually told Wyatt all about her so she might find happiness. Furious at having been lied to by Wyatt and Theo, Ciara decided to leave town and live with Shawn in Hong King for a while.
Claire returned to Salem with a bad attitude in December of 2017, blaming Claire for Theo being shot and almost killed. When Theo awoke from his coma, she professed her love, but he admitted his feelings were for Claire. Ciara was heartbroken, and confided in Tripp that she knew Rafe Hernandez had cheated on her mother with Sami Brady. After Rafe explained the situation, Tripp convinced Claire not to hurt her mother by revealing the secret. Ciara and Tripp began getting closer, and he rescued her when she was kidnapped.
When Claire revealed Rafe’s infidelity during his and Hope’s wedding, Ciara sought revenge on her and exposed that she’d cheated in the Face of Bella contest. Ciara was reluctant to get physical with Tripp because of her rape, and this led to Trip sleeping with Claire. Furious to catch them together, Claire stormed off and crashed her bike. She was found and nursed back to health in a deserted cabin by Ben Weston. She was terrified, because he was the Necktie Killer, but he insisted he was cured. Rafe and Hope found them and arrested Ben, but Ciara hired a lawyer to get him out of jail. Tripp didn’t approve of Ciara getting involved with Ben, but Claire was all for it because it meant she could have Tripp for herself.
Ciara has defended Ben from all sides, even when he started working for Stefan DiMera. Claire’s jealousy got out of control and she attempted to kill Ciara, framing Ben for the crime. Hope immediately assumed Ben was guilty, but when the truth came out, she reluctantly seemed to accept Ben’s place in her daughter’s life. Jordan returned to Salem, having been given a clean bill of health from the mental hospital, but after Ciara was nearly run down, she wondered if Ben’s sister wasn’t completely sane again. Then, at a birthday party, she ate a cupcake that Jordan had poisoned!
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