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Theresa Donovan
Days of Our Lives
Portrayed by Hannah Taylor Simmons (1990–91)
Emily and Alicia Pillatzke (1991–92)
Caitlin Wachs (1992)
Gabriella Massari (1992)
Jen Lilley (2013–16, 2018)
Current status Former; Recurring
Duration 1990–92, 1996–97, 2013–16, 2018
First appearance September 3, 1990
Last appearance July 19, 2018
Cause/reason Left Town with Tate Black to be with her parents in California.
Created by Richard J. Allen and Anne Schoettle
Introduced by Ken Corday and Al Rabin (1990)
Ken Corday, Lisa de Cazotte and Greg Meng (2013)
Fullname Jeannie Theresa Donovan
Alias(es) Jeannie Caroline Donovan
Namesake(s) Margaret "Jeannie" Donovan
Gender Female
Born September 3, 1990
Occupation Businesswoman (2015–16)
Fashion designer (2015–16)
Personal assistant (2013–15)
Residence Los Angeles, CA
Family Brady, Donovan
Parents Shane Donovan
Kimberly Brady
Siblings Andrew Donovan IV
Eve Donovan
Spouses Brady Black (2014)
Romances Mateo
J.J. Deveraux
Children Tate Black (with Brady)
Grandparents Shawn Brady
Caroline Brady
Andrew Donovan II †
Margaret Donovan †
Great-grandparents Peter Brady †
Andrew Donovan I †
Aunts and uncles Roman Brady
Kayla Brady
Frankie Brady (adoptive)
Max Brady (adoptive)
Bo Brady(half)
Drew Donovan
Nieces and nephews Paige Larson (via Eve)
First cousins Carrie Brady
Eric Brady
Sami Brady
Rex Brady
Cassie Brady
Stephanie Johnson
Joey Johnson
Shawn Douglas Brady (half)
Chelsea Brady (half)
Zack Brady(half)
Ciara Brady (half)
Other relatives Colin Murphy(1st Cousin once Removed)
Noah Reed (1st Cousin once Removed)
Will Horton (1st Cousin once Removed)
Allie Horton (1st Cousin once Removed)
Johnny DiMera (1st Cousin once Removed)
Sydney DiMera (1st Cousin once Removed)
Claire Brady (Half 1st Cousin once Removed)
Arianna Horton (1st Cousin twice Removed)

Jeannie Theresa Donovan is a character from the soap opera, Days of Our Lives. She was portrayed by several child actors until the character left the series in 1992, with further guest appearances in both 1996 and 1997. She was most recently portrayed by actress Jen Lilley. Lilley has portrayed the role (now going by her middle name, Theresa) from July 3, 2013, to November 18, 2016. She returned to the role in May-July, 2018.

Theresa is the daughter of supercouple Kimberly Brady (Patsy Pease) and Shane Donovan (Charles Shaughnessy).


In April 2013, it was announced by Soap Opera Digest and several other sources that actress Jen Lilley, who was previously known for temporarily filling in for Kirsten Storms in her portrayal of Maxie Jones on ABC's General Hospital, was announced to have joined the cast of Days of Our Lives in a newly created role with ties to the canvas. Due to the show's advanced filming schedule, Lilley began filming in the (then-unknown) role in March 2013. Lilley made her on-screen debut as Theresa on July 3, 2013.

With the casting of Lilley in the role, the character entered her first major storyline, opposite Casey Moss who portrays Jack Deveraux Jr..

In May 2016, it was announced that Lilley had quit the soap. Her last air date was November 18, 2016 when the character left town.

In November 2017, it was announced that Lilley would return to the soap first airing in May 2018.


Jeannie Theresa Brady was born on September 3, 1990, to Kimberly Brady (Patsy Pease) and was originally believed to be the daughter of Cal Winter. However, paternity tests and a confession from Cal proved her father to be Shane Donovan (Charles Shaughnessy). She grew up with her parents in Salem, before relocating to Los Angeles. In her teenage years, when she was in Mexico, she got involved with Mateo, who was at the time the son of one of the most dangerous drug lords in the world. She soon escaped him, after realizing the kind of man he was.


They are forced to move back into the Kiriakis mansion when a vengeful Xander escapes from prison, and nearly kills Theresa on the day she and Brady were supposed to be married.

Theresa leaves Brady

Theresa and Brady have a pretend marriage ceremony, and live in temporary bliss before Shane returns with some bad news: her ex-boyfriend, Mateo, has tracked her down to Salem and he wants her back. Theresa asks Victor to help her deal with Mateo, but Victor says he can't, and that Mateo is even more powerful than he. Shane and Kim think Theresa's best option is to leave Salem, so Theresa does everything she can to push Brady away, but he won't give up on her. Theresa agrees to use herself as bait in a plot to take down Mateo, so she can return to her family. Shane hopes it will only take a month. Theresa shares a heartfelt goodbye with Victor and her son Tate. Victor, who finally respects her, hopes for her eventual return. Theresa promised her son Tate that she will return. However she coldly says goodbye to Brady, before leaving town with Mateo on November 18, 2016.

In May 3, Theresa revealed herself to Chloe Lane whom became Mateo's new obsession. She explained everything to her, of why she's in Mexico with Mateo and how he forced her to leave Brady and Tate. On May 14, Theresa finally finds a drive that might be the key to ending Mateo. However, she runs into Xander, whom she believed was dead. After catching up, they made a devil's bargain, she would give him the drive to deliver to her father so Mateo would get arrested and in exchange she would help him finally become accepted in the Kiriakis family. Unfortunately, Mateo came in and Xander revealed everything including the drive. However, he was able to convince Mateo to give him Theresa and when they were left alone, Xander finally agreed on getting Theresa back to Salem. Theresa tried to convince Xander to help her get Chloe out too, but he refused and so they left without her.


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