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Drew Donovan
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Days of our Lives
Portrayed by Charles Shaughnessy
Current status Former, Recurring
Duration 1988, 2017, 2021
First appearance September 8, 1988
Last appearance September 10, 2021 (Beyond Salem)
Cause/reason Arrested
Created by Leah Laiman
Introduced by Ken Corday and Al Rabin
Fullname Andrew "Drew" Donovan III
Alias(es) Iago
Namesake(s) Andrew Donovan
Gender Male
Occupation Hitman
Former ISA-Agent
Family Donovan family
Parents Andrew Donovan II †
Margaret Donovan †
Siblings Shane Donovan
Spouses Camilla Donovan
Romances Calliope Jones
Grandparents Andrew Donovan I †
Nieces and nephews Eve Donovan
Andrew Donovan IV
Theresa Donovan
Great-nieces and nephews Paige Larson † (via Eve)
Tate Black (via Theresa)

Andrew "Drew" Donovan III, is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives, portrayed by Charles Shaughnessy from 1988-89. He is the identical twin brother of Shane Donovan, and the son of Andrew and Margaret Donovan. During his early twenties after he finished the military force he eventually joined the ISA along with his brother.

In January 2017, it was announced that Shaugnessy would reprise his role as Drew in addition to him currently portraying Shane. Shaungnessy stated in an interview that Drew's look will be completely different from Shane's, and that he will be involved in a separate storyline from the one Shane was apart of. Despite Shaugnessy being bumped up to contract status, Shaugnessy only played Drew throughout the months of February and March.

Shaungnessy reprised the role of Drew in the spin off series; Days Of Our Lives: Beyond Salem, appearing in the September 10 episode.


Drew Donovan was first seen in 1988, kidnapping Roman Brady's daughter, Carrie. He was nicknamed Iago, and was an assassin that worked for Stefano DiMera. He had eventually killed Ellen Hawk, Stefano's wife and mother of Benjy Hawk. During his time in Salem, Drew dated Calliope Jones, bonded with his sister-in-law, Kimberly Brady, and met his niece, Eve Donovan.

He along with Roman Brady (later revealed to be John Black) and Jeremiah Brown was all trained in the Orient (some secret place Stefano owned in Thailand) by the Kung-Fu master Orion Hawk. He killed Ambassador Chung, by blowing up the whole building, and Benjy went deaf after being in the building. Stefano hated Roman for this, since if he had done it, it would have never happened.

Shane learns Drew has been working for Stefano

Drew revealed his true allegiance eventually, and Shane and Kim became Stefano's prisoners. Drew later had a change of heart and helped Shane and Kim escape Stefano's island. He was shot and wounded in the process. Drew survived and left Salem in January 1989.

Jennifer Saves Drew

On February 2, Jennifer found Drew locked in a crate. He had been kidnapped by Deimos Kiriakis because he was the inventor of the Orwell device that the DiMera, Kiriakis, and Hernandez families were fighting over.

Drew Tells Jennifer He Is The Key

In the time Drew had been gone from Salem, he also married a woman named Camila. She helped him see the dangers of Orwell, so he shut down the project and then the DiMera's (specifically Andre DiMera) stole the device, and Deimos threatened Camila to force Drew into agreeing to be smuggled into Salem, since Drew was wanted by the ISA for developing Orwell. Drew developed a virus that would destroy the Orwell, but had trouble getting it past the TITAN firewall. He also has Jennifer male contact with Camila, who assured Drew that she was safe, and had found a safe place to hide. After hearing that Chad DiMera, Sonny Kiriakis, and Gabi Hernandez had been kidnapped; Drew went to the Kiriakis mansion to put an end to the war once and for all. He phoned Shane and told him that if anything were to happen to him, to tell Roman to arrest Deimos Kiriakis. Drew shows up a the mansion where Jennifer, Andre, and Eduardo Hernandez were. Deimos handed Drew the Orwell device, while gloating to Eduardo and Andre about his victory. Drew implanted the virus that destroyed the Orwell data, rendering the device useless. Roman shows up because Shane had told him what Drew told him. Witness protection was set up for Drew and Camila, so Drew bid farewell to Salem.