|Days of Our Lives|
|Portrayed by||Shane Nicholas (1998–99)|
Brandon Tyler (1999)
Jay Kenneth Johnson (1999–2002, 2007–11, 2020-present) (2019 (on DTDS)
Kyle Brandt (2003–06)
John-Paul Lavoisier (2015–16)
|Current status||Present; Contract|
|Duration||1998–2011, 2015–16, 2020–present|
|First appearance||February 21, 1998 (on DOOL)|
November 29, 2019 (on DTDS)
|Last appearance||January 16, 2020 (on DTDS)|
|Created by||James E. Reilly|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday and Tom Langan (1995, 1999)|
Ken Corday and Stephen Wyman (2003, 2007)
Ken Corday, Albert Alarr and Greg Meng (2015)
|Spin-off appearances||Last Blast Reunion (2019)|
|Fullname||Philip Robert Kiriakis|
|Born||February 21, 1983 (originally 1995)|
Former ISA Agent
|Residence||Formerly the Kiriakis Mansion (13201 Glen Oaks Drive Salem, USA)|
Child actors Jonathan and Thomas Selstad and Shane Nicholas played Philip from the character's birth until the rapidly aged character returned in the form of Brandon Tyler from October 21, 1999, to December 24, 1999. He was then portrayed by Jay Kenneth Johnson from December 27, 1999, to December 25, 2002 and Kyle Brandt from May 14, 2003, to October 12, 2006. Johnson again portrayed Philip having returned to the role from January 12, 2007, to April 20, 2011.
In July 2015, it was announced former One Life to Live actor John-Paul Lavoisier has been cast as Philip, first appearing on December 10 of the same year, as part of the soap's fiftieth anniversary. In July 2016, it was announced that Lavoisier would vacate the role of Philip and would film his final scenes within the month. The actor's final appearance was slated for December 19, 2016. However, the date was pushed back to December 20, 2016. In November 2019, People announced that Johnson would reprise the role in Days of Our Lives: The Digital Series entitled "Last Blast Reunion". In May 2020, it was revealed that Johnson would again reprise the role on Days of Our Lives; he returned during the August 18, 2020, episode.
In September 2020, it was announced that Johnson had been upped to contract status with the show.
Philip is first scene in high school aa a friend of Jan Spears and Jason Welles. The three of them tortured Chloe Lane, but Philip stopped when got the chance to see a different side of her, and fell in love. Their relationship hit a snag when she accused him of rape, and then another snag when he dumped her after nude photos of her appeared at the Last Blast dance.
Philip was never able to get things going with Chloe again, and when he realized that she had found new love with Brady Black, he left Salem to join the military. He wasn't gone long though; he returned to town as part of the Love Is Blind contest as the mystery hunk and re-developed a crush on his good friend Belle Black. Philip was more than just Shawn and Belle's high school chum though. In addition to being a dedicated military cadet, he was also secretly working for the ISA. He and newcomer Tek Kramer worked hard to prove that Tony DiMera (Andre DiMera was posing as Tony at the time) was involved in some nefarious dealings around town. Not only that, but Philip let his mother bully him into spending more time with Belle, whom by this point he was hopelessly in love with.
Philip and Belle got engaged, with Philip thrilled that he and Belle were going to be able to live their lives together. Unfortunately, just as they were getting engaged, Philip was being called to active duty in Iraq. The two moved up their wedding plans, getting married immediately before Philip had to ship out. Philip returned home, but he had lost the lower part of his leg in connection to a Tony DiMera plot. He was thrilled to learn of Belle's pregnancy. Claire Kiriakis was born at St. Luke's on what was supposed to have been her maternal half-aunt Sami's wedding to his paternal half-uncle Lucas. Unfortunately, the wedding never happened.
Philip, Belle and the baby were transported to the hospital, and it was there that Belle and Philip chose their daughter's name -- it was a mutual favorite -- and Shawn and Mimi consented to be the child's godparents. When baby Claire became ill, Kate learned that her blood type was AB- and after talking to a medical student realized that there was no way Philip could be Claire's father, and soon realized that it must be Shawn. Unfortunately for poor Claire, her health continued to deteriorate, and it wasn't long before Lexie Carver realized that if Claire didn't get a liver transplant, she wouldn't survive. Luckily for Claire, Zack Brady was a match, and she received his liver after he died.
Claire recovered, and her parents were thrilled, but when the truth finally emerged about her paternity, thanks to Chelsea's intervention, Philip left town for a number of weeks, and Shawn tried to adjust to being Claire's father. Belle didn't want him near her initially, especially after learning of his relationship with Willow, a former prostitute. Belle and Shawn finally began to reach an agreement about Claire when she was kidnapped from a diner. This terrified both Belle and Shawn, who then fell under scrutiny from social services. Unbeknownst to anyone, on the occasions when Belle would allow Victor to visit with Claire, she was also spending time with Philip, who had been injured in his duties as a Marine and needed reconstructive surgery.
When the case finally went to court, Philip showed up, having just had a face transplant, and won temporary custody of Claire, who was legally his daughter because he was married to Belle at the time of her birth and was named as her father on the birth certificate. Shortly after, Shawn and Belle kidnapped the little girl and fled the country, with Philip desperate to find out what had happened to the child he'd raised for the first year of her life. Philip was willing to use any methods to get Claire back, including teaming up with EJ Wells.
Philip began his attempts to win Belle back, but she still maintained her relationship with Shawn. Belle and Philip even became lovers again after her father, John, “died,” but Belle chose to marry Shawn. When Shawn messed up at a crime scene, Philip offered to do anything he could to help Shawn with his career -- if Belle would sleep with him. Belle agreed to do so, but at the last moment, Philip felt guilty and told her she didn't have to go through with it. Shawn, Belle, and Claire left Salem soon after to bond as a family.
When Shawn, Belle, and Claire left Salem, Philip threw himself into work. Victor appointed Philip as CEO of Titan, where Philip worked closely with Titan shipping. Philip went head-to-head with John Black DiMera over the shipping ports in Salem. Philip told the authorities that John Black DiMera had paid off a customs official, Paul Hollingsworth, to unnecessarily detain Kiriakis ships, allowing DiMera ships through first. When no charges were leveled against Hollingsworth, thanks to some help from John, Philip paid Paul to plant massive amounts of drugs on John's ships. The feud continued until Paul went "missing." John and Philip were both suspects in Paul's disappearance.
Unaware of Philip's dealings with Paul, Morgan Hollingsworth, Paul's daughter, began a friendship with Philip. Philip used Morgan to keep an eye on her father's search, but eventually, he developed feelings for her. He broke off a brief fling with Chloe to focus on Morgan. But just as they were about to get close, Morgan learned of Philip's relationship with her father. She broke things off with him and moved to Chicago.
Philip threw himself into work and family. He continued to run Titan and told Nick Fallon that Titan would be glad to purchase the rights to the alternative fuel project as soon as some of the kinks were eliminated. He hired Stephanie Johnson as an intern and hired Melanie Layton as an executive assistant.
While work was going well, Philip got bad news in his family. Kate had stage four lung cancer. During her illness, Philip leaned on Stephanie for support. The two grew closer and began dating, much to the dismay of Melanie, who had feelings for Philip. Melanie tried to get between Stephanie and Philip on several occasions. Fed up with her, he fired her from Titan and told her that Titan had no interest in the alternative fuel project that she had become the sole owner of.
Furious and hurt, Melanie told Victor about Philip passing on the project. Victor confronted Philip and warned him not to let emotions get in the way of business decisions. Philip agreed. To make sure that Philip did not get out of line, Victor appointed Brady as vice CEO. Philip felt blindsided by Brady's hiring and competed with him for Victor's attention.
Philip attempted to get Victor's attention when he bought the rights to Melanie’s fuels project for Titan. But when Philip refused to have a romantic relationship with Melanie, because he was dating Stephanie, Melanie sold the project to DiMera Enterprises. When EJ revealed that he had bought the project just to stop the fuel source from being developed, Melanie sold the project to Tony. Furious that Melanie had taken the fuels project from Titan, Philip confronted Tony. As Tony was walking away from Philip, Tony slipped and fell. Tony died from complications from the fall. EJ and Stefano blamed Philip for Tony's "death".
Victor blamed Philip for losing the project. But their problems got worse when a full-blown feud erupted between the DiMera and Kiriakis families. Stefano and EJ ordered two hits on Philip. First, a hit man was hired to shoot Philip. When Philip survived, the DiMera’s paid a nurse to drug Philip. However, Hope broke into Philip's hospital room and stopped the nurse. In retaliation for the hits, Victor and Philip arranged for Stefano to be kidnapped, and held him hostage, denying Stefano his insulin. Victor demanded that EJ sign over the rights to DiMera Enterprises in return for Stefano.
Rather than sign over the rights, EJ had Stephanie, Philip's fiancee, kidnapped. Philip agreed to swap Stefano for Stephanie with EJ. But the man that EJ had hired to kidnap Stephanie had other ideas. The kidnapper, Owen, wanted to keep Stephanie for himself. Owen stored her in the Heritage Park Mortuary. Melanie, Brady, and Philip tracked Owen down. Pretending to be a corpse, Philip sneaked into the morgue and rescued Stephanie.
But the experience took a toll on Stephanie. She blamed Victor and Titan's dirty business for her kidnapping and asked Philip to leave his family business before they married. Philip agreed, but couldn't bring himself to cut off all ties with his father. Stephanie then broke off her engagement to Philip.
Determined to find a girl that would accept his family, Philip set his sights on Melanie. Despite the fact that she was dating Nathan Horton, Philip pursued her. He proposed to her on Christmas Eve, and the two were married on Valentines Day. Melanie still had eyes for Nathan.
When Nathan confessed that he returned Melanie's feelings, the two kissed. Philip walked in on the kiss and was furious. A drunken Philip sought comfort from Chloe, and they slept together Melanie ended up confessing everything about the kiss to Philip, explained that she was sure that she had married the right man, and asked Philip for forgiveness. Philip forgave her, but was guilt-ridden about sleeping with Chloe. To make matters worse, Chloe found out that she was pregnant.
A paternity test confirmed that Philip was the father. Yet, someone changed the results of the test before Chloe could see the original results. Chloe believed that Daniel Jonas was the father of her baby and proceeded to plan a happy life together with him. Philip was relieved and looked forward to a future with Melanie. Chloe gave birth to a baby boy, Parker.
During Parker's baptism, Caroline Brady revealed that she had switched the test results, and that Philip was Parker's father. Melanie was heartbroken and left Philip. But, she soon learned that she was also pregnant with Philip's child. Philip hoped that the baby would bring Melanie back to him. Melanie agreed, but then sadly suffered a miscarriage. The trauma made Melanie reevaluate her life. She realized that although she still loved Philip, she couldn't be with him and be a mother. Melanie then filed for divorce.Philip turned his attention to Chloe, as she was suffering with depression after Daniel left her. Philip even rescued Chloe after she tried to jump in the Salem river. After her suicide attempt, Chloe signed custody of Parker over to Philip in order to avoid having child services put him in foster care. Chloe continued to decline and during a drunken rant to Kate, threatened to take Parker and no one would ever see him again. Fearful that she would make good on her threats, Philip and Parker left Salem.
Philip returns to Salem in 2015 to work at Titan for his father when Brady is fired. Philip bumps into Belle and they talk about old times and hook up. It was revealed that Philip was plotting with his uncle, Deimos against Victor. Philip had an incident where he slept with a woman who overdosed. Deimos knew about it, and got in touch with Philip, explaining he was his uncle. Philip didn't want Victor to know, so he accepted help from Deimos. Deimos then used the incident to blackmail Philip into helping him get his revenge on Victor.
Philip was exposed and Victor felt so hurt and betrayed, that he banished Philip from his life. Even after Deimos and Victor made peace, Victor still remained angry at Philip. Philip and Belle briefly rekindled their relationship, but he had second thoughts when she spontaneously proposed to him. Philip had a fling with another woman, but blew it with her when he called her Belle.
When Chloe returned to town, She and Philip went into the music business together and signed Claire. Philip posed as the father of Chloe's baby, initially believing the baby was Deimos', but Chloe later revealed that the baby was Nicole and Daniel's child. She was carrying the baby for Nicole without her knowing, and didn't want to tell Nicole about the baby as long as she dated Deimos.
When Philip's cousin, Xander Cook, broke out of prison, he and his cohort, Orpheus, crashed Brady and Theresa Donovan’s wedding. Realizing the danger, Deimos and Victor agreed to have the entire Kiriakis family under one roof. It was also during this time that Victor and Philip finally reconciled. After Deimos claimed Xander died during an altercation with him, Deimos invited Philip and the rest of the family to continue living at the mansion as he liked having them there.Victor announced he was stepping down from Titan, and leaving Deimos in charge. Philip and the rest of the family protested as they did not trust Deimos entirely, but Deimos convinced them to give him a chance. Philip tried to cheer Brady up after Theresa broke his heart and abruptly left town and broke his heart. Brady punched Philip in the gut, and Deimos yelled at them both. Deimos told them that they will have to get along and work together since they both work for Titan.
Philip returns to Salem in August of 2020, and first arrives at the kiriakis Manson. He is greeted by Xander and they immediately clash.