|Brandon Barash as Stefan DiMera|
|Days of our Lives|
|Portrayed by|| Tyler Christopher (2017-19) |
Brandon Barash (2019)
|Current status||Present; Recurring (Departing)|
|First appearance||December 29, 2017|
|Created by||Ron Carlivati|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday, Albert Alarr and Greg Meng (2017)|
|Fullname||Stefan Octavius DiMera|
|Nickname(s)||Freak (by Gabi)|
|Alias(es)||Sam Maitland (birth name)|
|Residence|| DiMera Mansion|
430 Lakeview Drive
Salem, Illinois, U.S. 06649
|Tyler Christopher as Stefan DiMera|
On September 20, 2018 it was announced that Tyler Christopher will be taking time off the show and will be replaced by Brandon Barash who will first appear early 2019. On October 23, Soap Opera News and Daytime Indulgence say that Christopher is not returning to DAYS and that Barash would be staying on the show.
In August 2017, after much speculation and reports, it has been confirmed that indeed, former ABC soap General Hospital Daytime Emmy-winning star, Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas Cassadine) has joined the cast of NBC’s Days of our Lives, in what is said to be a top secret role.
According to EW.com, Tyler has been working on set on the NBC daytime drama series will debut on air sometime late in 2017 or early 2018, since DAYS production and shooting schedule is six-months ahead. With Christopher now at DAYS it reunites him with former GH head writer, who knows steers the writing ship in Salem, Ron Carlivati.
Tyler tweeted on Thursday on the reveal of his coming to DAYS: ”I want to thank @nbcdays for welcoming me into their home. Although I can’t comment on the character, @carlivatiron has handed me a gem of a story I am eager for you to see.”
As soap fans know, Tyler made a splash on to their daytime screens back in 1996 when he took on the role of Nikolas Cassadine, the firstborn son of Laura Spencer played by Genie Francis. The actor left GH when talks of his return officially broke in September last year, after he went on a hiatus from the series back in May of 2016.
According to SID, Tyler's character will be the son of Stefano DiMera and Vivian Alamain. He will be a rival to his brother Chad.
On March 20, 2019, Tyler last aired as Stefan. Barash took over the role on Friday, March 22, 2019.
On July, rumors began to surface that Brandon left his role in April and his character is set to depart the show between November and December. In August 22, Jason47 confirmed that Brandon has left the role of Stefan DiMera.
Ron Calivarti has stated that he created the character of Stefan to be a successor to Stefano, and even states his name as "Stefan O. DiMera". Stefan is said to be attracted to Chad’s wife, Abigail Deveraux, which could be a nod to the fact that Stefano was attracted to Marlena Evans, who was the love interest of his enemies Roman Brady and John Black; just like Stefan is attracted to his rival Chad’s wife.
The character of Stefan has not really caught on with fans, as the show involved him in an unpopular story in which he took advantage of a mentally ill Abigail and slept with one of her alternate personalities. Both fans and characters on the show have called the act rape. Some fans have considered him to be far worse than Stefano.
He is the long lost son of crime lord Stefano DiMera and his ex-wife Vivian Alamain. Stefano never knew he existed. Stefan was conceived when Stefano was posing as Rudolpho Meradi and seduced her to steal her ruby. Although Viv’s manservant, Ivan, told her the baby was stillborn, the infant was spirited away. He was raised as Sam Maitlin and grew up into a cutthroat corporate raider. He's a champion in chess much like his father before him. His chess genius nephew Theo Carver, admitted that Stefan is an excellent player when he played against him, even better than Chad. In 2016, Sam learned the true identity of his mother and confronted Ivan, who revealed the truth. Vivian later told Sam that Stefano was his biological father, so Sam changed his name to Stefan Octavius DiMera specifically, so it could be pronounced as "Stefan O. DiMera".
Stefan is also the half brother of EJ, and Chad DiMera, the late Benjy Hawk, Andre, Lexie Carver, Renee DuMonde, Megan Hathaway, as well as the adoptive brother of Kristen DiMera and Peter Blake and the late Tony DiMera. As of New Years Eve 2018, he is the head of whatever's left of the DiMera family and CEO of DiMera Enterprises.
Since his arrival, Stefan has portrayed many traits of both his biological and adoptive siblings; standing up to Vivian and refusing to do her will in the same fashion as Tony did to Stefano, concocting his own schemes without Vivian as EJ did with Stefano, showing a hidden charm and casual niceness as well as exemplary manners as Lexie did, while also showing a rather hostile nature and portraying almost sinister behaviour rather more like Andre and Kristen. In April 2018, Marlena compared Stefan's obsession with Abigail aka Gabby to Stefano's obsession with Marlena in the 90's, and while Stefan insisted he wasn't his father, he reminded Marlena that like his father, Stefan wasn't to be crossed and he vowed to destroy Marlena if she dared to get in his way. He even turned the tables on his own mother, Vivian, later that same month as Tony, EJ and Andre had all done at some point due to their father's interference in their lives.
Stefan has proven himself to be even more delusional than his own crazed adopted sister Kristen, whom unlike Stefan, had good reasons to snap and become the amoral woman that she is now. In addition, he is sicker than his father Stefano for he is actually in love with "Gabby", Abigail's alter, a woman that doesn't even exist, a fact even acknowledged by his mother Vivian, indicating how more sick and twisted he is than his father ever was, for at least his obsessions were on a real person. He is not as intelligent or at least not as perceptive as Stefano as he could not see that Gabi is playing him into thinking that Abigail’s baby is his when in fact it’s really Chads.
In late 2018, he got married to Abigail by Minister Mendez though she only married him so Chad wouldn't commit her into a mental hospital as she is using his ridiculous obsession with her alter to ensure Gabi's plot against her would fail. In the end, Abigail secretly divorced him after making him think "Gabby" is back and it was soon revealed Charlotte wasn't his and that Gabi played him for a fool.
Currently, his only friend is Ben Weston.
On New Years Eve, Stefan arrived at his half-brother Chad and his wife Abigail's "Black Tie Affair" Party at Doug's Place with his mother Vivian Alamain. He revealed to everyone he is Stefano's son with Vivian. He is quite taken with Abigail and hands out letters to Kate, Chad and Andre from the board that confirms he is the new CEO of DiMera Enterprises effective immediately. The next day, at Club TBD, Stefan meets Chloe Lane, and causally flirts with her. He arrives at the mansion just in time to stop a fight between Vivian and Kate. Stefan proves to his newfound family he is Stefano's son through a new DNA test. While doing so Stefan revealed to Chad and Abigail that he's the new owner of the mansion and he and his mother are moving in. He allowed Chad, Abigail, Thomas, Andre and Kate to stay at the mansion and to keep their jobs if they please. In the end, Chad and Abigail decided to stay. He expressed interest in Abigail to his mother, who reminded him that she was his brother's wife.
On January 16, Stefan bonded with his nephew Theo through a game of chess at the hospital. Chad and Abigail arrived and he decided to leave. When his mother informed him that Chad and John Black are close to finding out that Andre was the saboteur at DiMera, she wanted him eliminated. He was against it until she persuaded him with the possibility of a chance with Abigail.
After Andre was found murdered, he and his mother made sure their stories checked out and when he found Abigail depressed over losing Andre he comforted her. On February 2, Stefan attended Andre's funeral with the rest of the family. When Hattie Adams invaded the funeral, Stefan demanded to know who she was. He and Chad removed her from the premises and took her to the SPD. When he returned home, Stefan and Vivian argued over his feelings for Abigail, leading to Vivian slapping him. On February 12, after being questioned by Rafe and Eli about Andre's missing phone, it's revealed Stefan has Andre's phone and deleted the messages related to him and his mother.
On Valentine's day, Stefan arrived at Doug’s Place, and congratulates Chad and Abigail with a bottle of champagne. Later when he returned home he found Abigail in his room; wearing a wig and clothes that made her look like Gabi. To his confusion, she claimed she is Gabby. He sees the urn lid and realizes she killed Andre and that she's trying to frame him. After arguing, Gabby reveals she saw Stefan and Vivian talking over Andre’s dead body. Gabby kisses Stefan before leaving. The next day, Stefan questioned Abigail about last night, and she doesn't know what he's talking about. Chad warns him to stay away from his wife. When Stefan returns to his room, Gabby enters while he's changing. They kiss, and when Chad knocks on Stefan's door, Stefan forces her to hide in the closet.
Chad enters and the brothers argue. When Chad leaves, Gabby resurfaces. On her way out, she says she'll "come out" when she can. Stefan begins doing research on Dissociative Identity Disorder. He reads a book written by Kimberly Brady. On February 28, Stefan is forced to reveal the Gabby situation to his mother when Gabby attacks her with a fire poker. He convinces Gabby to let him help her, and takes her coat, telling her he’ll frame someone else for Andre’s murder. Stefan and Vivian arrange to have Gabi framed for the murder by putting the coat and the urn lid in Ari’s overnight bag. Later Stefan tries to get Gabby to see she is not the real Gabi Hernandez but Abigail’s alter. When she was not convinced, he pulls off her wig. As she begins to panic, Stefan calls a doctor, but another alter emerges.
After changing her look, the alter introduces herself as Dr. Laura, and tells Stefan she is the gatekeeper and that her job is to protect both Abby and Gabby as well as control who fronts in the system. Dr. Laura reveals that Abby killed Andre, not Gabby. She elaborates that Gabby was created because since Gabi had murdered Abby’s cousin Nick Fallon, Abby believed she could handle the burden of murdering Andre, and her psyche created a personality to reflect that. Dr. Laura also called Stefan out on his obsession with Abby, noting that he would settle for Gabby if he couldn’t have Abby. Dr. Laura makes it clear that Abby loves Chad, and tells Stefan to stay away from Abby.Stefan was inspired by Vivian to go into the secret tunnel that she saw Gabby leave. When Stefan left the tunnel with Gabby’s wig, he encountered Dr. Laura, who refused to let Stefan speak to Gabby. Stefan threatens to call the police and tell them that Abby murdered Andre, so Dr. Laura let Gabby come out. Stefan suggested Gabby come with him on a business trip to Hong Kong, and Gabby was thrilled to get away. Soon after, Stefan was confronted by Chad and Lani about why he had Andre’s phone. Stefan said security gave him the phone, but Chad didn’t believe him. Stefan and Gabby (posing as Abby) convinced a reluctant Chad to let her go on the business trip.
When Stefan and Gabby arrived, they were spotted by Hope, who confronted Stefan about his companion. Stefan managed to get away from Hope, and went up to the room where Gabby told him Chad was there, and Stefan promised to handle Chad. Stefan planted drugs on Chad and told security, which resulted in Chad getting arrested. Gabby started to fall for Stefan, and wanted to sleep with him. Stefan was hesitant though because Abby wouldn’t know what was going on. Stefan left the room, and came back to find Abby was back. Abby was confused as to why she was wearing a wig, and GabiChic clothes. Stefan tried to explain to Abby that she wore them as part of a fashion experiment, but then Dr. Laura took over and left Stefan to find Chad.
Stefan returned to Salem and Dr. Laura told him her plan to have Gabi convicted of Andre’s murder. At Gabi’s trial, Stefan was questioned by Justin about having Andre’s phone in his possession, and the security camera’s being shut off. Stefan maintained his story that it was a coincidence and that security have him the phone. Dr. Laura was closed up, and at first made it seem like she was on Gabi’s side, but then after the recess, claimed that Gabi confessed to her that she murdered Andre.
Bound and determined to get some answers, Chad continued to pressure Stefan into what was going on. Stefan decided to play a game of chess with Chad, and for every piece Chad took, he would get to ask Stefan a question. The first question Chad asked was if Stefan planted drugs on him in Hong Kong. Stefan confessed that he did, and said he was kind of proud of it. Next, Chad asked about the woman in Hong Kong, and asked if she killed Andre. Stefan said she did, and then Chad asked for the woman’s name, and Stefan admitted the woman’s name was Gabby. Chad thought Stefan was talking about Gabi and still lying. Stefan said he was sincerely sorry that Chad didn’t get the answers he wanted and left the room.
When Dr. Laura was on the phone, Gabby tried to break out, and Stefan encouraged Gabby to break out. Gabby broke free, but then Marlena showed up. Feeling cornered, Gabby hit Marlena over the head and knocked her out. She and Stefan stored Marlena in Gabby’s hideout. Gabby and Stefan planned to run away together, but they had to lock Kate up as well when Kate discovered Gabby. Vivian refused to let them run away, so Stefano led her away with the other woman.Gabby talked Stefan into making love to her before they ran away. As Stefan and Gabby cuddled and were ready to make love a second time. Chad burst in, and when he realized the mystery woman was Gabby, he went m berserk and mercilessly beat Stefan. As Gabby cuddled Stefan, he weakly told Gabby to run. Gabby escaped and Chad continued to beat on Stefan until Rafe and Hope arrived.
Stefan was taken to the hospital where he eventually regained consciousness. Jennifer lashed out at Stefan and accused him of raping Abby since she couldn’t consent to Gabby’s decisions. Gabby set up a call with Stefan where she announced she got him immunity and promised not to leave him, but then Abby broke free and hung up on Stefan, who weakly begged Gabi to come back to him. Vivian visited Stefan in the hospital, and was devastated to see him badly beaten, but also said he deserved it for betraying her. Steve also visited Stefan and lashed out at him for what he did to Abigail. Steve demanded Stefan stay away from Abigail.
Stefan was released from the hospital and went to the Salem PD where Marlena advised Stefan to stay away from Abigail for both of their own sakes. Stefan was hopeful that Gabby could fight her way back to him and stay in control, but Marlena said it doesn’t work that way since she is the altar, and Abigail is the host. After talking with Marlena, Stefan snuck into the interrogation room and took Gabby’s wig. Stefan approached Chad and Dr. Laura in the park and offered the wig to her as he professed his love for Gabby. Gabby broke free, and Stefan believed she had overpowered Abigail, but she told Stefan she was here to say goodbye. Gabby did her best to comfort Stefan and thanked him for making her feel real. Stefan kissed Gabby, and Chad pulled them apart as the wig fell off and Abigail collapsed. When Abigail awoke, Gabby was gone, and Stefan realized it was over and walked away.
Stefan returned to the mansion where he heard a gunshot and rushed into the main room where he saw Vivian unconscious on the floor, bleeding from a gunshot wound while Kate stood, holding the gun. Stefan urged Kate to call 911, and Vivian was taken to the hospital where she later died. Stefan visited Vivian in the morgue where he apologized for locking Vivian in the room against her will, and vowed revenge.Stefan started his revenge by firing Kate and kicking her out of the mansion. He was angrily confronted by Abigail, who was well aware of what went on between him and Gabby, and lashed out at Stefan for taking advantage of her and not getting her help. Stefan emotionally blackmailed Steve’s wife, Kayla, who was determined to help Steve see again. Stefan had acquired a new company that was developing bionic eyes. Kayla went behind Steve’s back, and asked Stefan for access to the technology. Stefan agreed if Kayla got him dirt on Kate. Kayla took photos of Kate with Leo Stark, and Stefan used this information to blackmail Kate into giving him information on Chad, who had started working for TITAN.
When Gabi got out of prison, Stefan offered for her to come back and work for DiMera. Gabi agreed since it was the only way she could get he company back. Gabi plotted against Stefan and Abigail by changing the paternity of Abigail’s baby to say Stefan was the father. She then “accidentally” showed Stefan the altered paternity test and told him that Abigail was getting abortion. Stefan convinced Abigail not to go through with the abortion.
Crimes and MisdeedsEdit
- Corporate Espionage; Andre gave him and his mother Vivian information that allowed them to take over DiMera Enterprises [Oct 2017; revealed on Jan 8, 2018]
- Obstruction of Justice; erased the missing hour in the security footage of the night of Andre's murder [Jan 19, 2018]
- Stole Andre's phone [Jan 19, 2018; revealed on Feb 12, 2018]
- Adultery; kissing Abigail's alter, Gabby [Feb 23, 2018]
- Conspired with Vivian to plant evidence on Gabi Hernandez framing her for Andre’s murder [Mar 7, 2018]
- Endangerment; knows Abby has Dissociative Identity Disorder and won’t get her help [Feb 28, 2018-present]
- Obstruction of Justice; knows Abby murdered Andre and won’t tell the police [Mar 2018]
- Obstruction of Justice; lied to Lani Price during Andre’s murder investigation about why Andre’s cell phone was located in his desk [Mar 16, 2018]
- Blackmailed Abby’s alter, Dr. Laura [Mar 2018]
- Kidnapped Abby by running away with her alter, Gabby to Hong Kong [Mar 21-27, 2018]
- Had Chad falsely arrested in Hong Kong for drug possession [Mar 26, 2018]
- Perjury; lied under oath about the missing hour of security footage at DiMera on the night of Andre’s murder [Mar 30, 2018]
- Threatened to ruin Marlena Evans’ life if she told anyone about Abigail’s alter, Gabby [Apr 10, 2018]
- With Gabby, falsely imprisoned Marlena in one of the DiMera mansion’s secret tunnels [Apr 11, 2018]
- Falsely imprisoned his mother Vivian in one of the DiMera mansion’s secret tunnels [Apr 19, 2018]
- Falsely imprisoned Kate in one of the DiMera mansion’s secret tunnels [Apr 20, 2018]
- Sexually assaulted Abigail by having sex with her alter, “Gabby” [Apr 20, 2018]
- Stole the “Gabby” wig from the Salem PD [May 8, 2018]
- Threatened to kill Kate if the police investigation revealed Kate intentionally killed Vivian [May 16, 2018]
- Blackmailed Abigail to not press charges against him or else he would send Chad to prison with him [May 18, 2018]
- Promised Kayla that he would provide the hospital with the technology for the bionic eye for Steve to regain his eyesight only if she would help him destroy Kate [May 30, 2018]
- Held Kate at gunpoint (the gun wasn’t loaded) [Jun 6, 2018]
- Blackmailed Kayla into giving him access to Abigail’s personal medical records
- Held Ted Laurent against his will
- Accused of using the bionic eye he gave to Steve to steal classified documents  [Arrested for treason Jan 4, 2019]
- Harboring a fugitive; let Kristen DiMera stay in the tunnels under the DiMera mansion
- Obstruction of Justice; keeping Kristen hidden from the police
- Shot and killed one of Mateo’s henchmen in self defense [Feb 5, 2019]
Health and Vitals Edit
- Slapped across the face by Abigail Deveraux. [Jan 18, 2018]
- Blackmailed by Gabby, one of Abigail’s alters. [Feb 19, 2018]
- Suffered blunt force trauma to the head from being beaten by Chad DiMera after being caught in bed with “Gabby”. [Apr 23, 2018]
- Punched and nearly stabbed in the throat with a letter opener by Chad [May 17, 2018]
- Slapped across the face by Abigail [May 18, 2018]
- Punched by Chad again [July 25, 2018]
- Attacked and choked out by Ben Weston under order from Chad [Nov 8, 2018]
- Shot in the arm by one of Mateo’s henchman while trying to protect Chloe [Feb 5, 2019]
- ↑ According the March 25, 1996 episode, Stefan was conceived 20 years before in Monte Carlo.
- ↑ https://tvline.com/2018/09/21/days-of-our-lives-tyler-christopher-brandon-barash-stefan-nbc/
- ↑ https://michaelfairmantv.com/tyler-christopher-joins-the-cast-of-days-of-our-lives/2017/08/03/
- ↑ https://www.tvinsider.com/326049/tyler-christopher-lands-role-on-days-of-our-lives/
- ↑ https://soaphub.com/general-soap-operas/reports-tyler-christopher-off-days-good/