Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux
|Days of our Lives character|
|Portrayed by||Ashley Benson (2004–07)
Kate Mansi (2011—)
|Duration||1992–98, 2000–07, 2011—|
|First appearance||October 19, 1992|
|Created by||Sheri Anderson|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday
545 Sycamore Street
Salem, United States
Ashley Benson as Abby Deveraux
Abigail Johanna Deveraux (born onscreen October 19, 1992) is a fictional character on the NBC Daytime soap opera Days of our Lives and is currently portrayed by Kate Mansi. Abigail was created by scriptwriter Sheri Anderson and executive producer Ken Corday. Abigail's storylines often focused on young love and budding romances. She is a member of the high class, core family, the Hortons. She is the daughter of popular super couple Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton. She was often titularized as the show's younger leading heroine during her time on the show and is known for her popular fan pairing with Max Brady, which spanned from 2005 to 2007, when her character left for London, England, to be with her parents. The character returned to the series in March 2011.
The role was originated by Meghan and Michael Nelson on October 19, 1992. Paige and Ryanne Kettner took over the role in 1994. Megan Corletto was introduced into the role of Abigail in 2001 and remained until 2003. She was replaced by Jillian Clare from 2003 to 2004. The role was again recast in 2004 to represent an older Abby. Then fifteen-year-old actress Ashley Benson was cast as Abby and remained with the show until her departure from the soap in 2007. In 2010, it was reported that the character of Abby would be brought back to the canvas. In December 2010, it was announced the newcomer Kate Mansi would resume the role of Abigail. Mansi first aired in March 2011.
The eldest child of supercouple Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton, Abby is born on screen on October 19, 1992. She is born in the Horton cabin, with her own father delivering her. While her parents' car went off the road Jennifer goes into labor. She is named after Alice Horton's mother Abigail Johanna.
When Abby is 8 months old, she comes down with aplastic anemia as the result of polluted well water. A bone marrow donation from Austin Reed saves her life. Her father then discovers that he is responsible for the toxic dumping which had happened years earlier, when his own father used him to sign papers. Jack is traumatized with guilt and leaves town because he thought Jennifer and Abby would be better off without him. Years later, he returns and the entire Deveraux family goes to live in Africa for a few years.
Abby's international upbringing also includes Ireland, where she and her mother live before returning to Salem in 2000. When her father returns to town, Abby hopes her estranged parents will reunite, but her mom has other ideas. Eventually her parents make their way back to each other and remarry. When Jack was hit on the head by the Salem Stalker, he was rendered brain dead. Jennifer made the heart-renching decision to turn off his life support. It was a decision that Abby couldn't forgive her for.
After Jack's death, Jennifer finds out she was pregnant. Months later, she starts receiving messages from Jack via her cell phone. This leads her to the island Melaswen where all the presumed dead victims of the Salem Stalker are. While on the island, Jennifer gives birth to Jack, Jr., Abby's brother. Jack, Jennifer and their newborn son are briefly reunited until Jack is presumed dead once again by drowning while trying to escape. In reality, he has been kidnapped again.
Months later, Jack makes his way back to Salem. The Deveraux family are finally reunited on Abby's 16th birthday. Abby has begun spending a lot of time with her best friend Chelsea Benson, who starts dating Max Brady. Abby begins dating a guy named Josh. Jack gets trapped behind a door and has to watch them kissing.
Sadly, Jack becomes terminally ill shortly after his return but dies when his car crashes into a river and his body is never found. Jennifer and Frankie Brady begin seeing each other which upsets Abby, especially when she walks in on them making love in her parents room. Abby even begins considering sleeping with Josh, even though she had always planned to wait until marriage. At a Pier Party with Chelsea and Max, Josh asks Abby to be exclusive and Abby tells Chelsea she is going to sleep with him first and then decide, but when things started to get hot, Abby gets a phone call and has to go. Little did both girls know that pictures of them kissing their boyfriends were taken by website owners and posted online which Frankie and Jennifer ended up finding. Josh goes off screen later when Abby develops feelings for Max and his disappearance is never explained.
In 2006, during Abby's mother, Jennifer's wedding to Frankie, Jack returns from being presumed dead with his presumed-dead amnesiac brother, Steve Johnson. After receiving a successful experimental treatment for his illness, Jack is finally cured and able to return to his life. Jack, Jennifer and Jack, Jr. soon leave for London to run the Spectator newspaper office. Abigail remained in Salem at the university studying business.
Abby soon begins working as an assistant at friend Max Brady's garage, helping with paperwork and generally keeping the garage in order. Abby soon develops a crush on Max and begins displaying jealous feelings towards Max's relationship with Mimi Lockhart. When Mimi leaves town, Max is available again. Max soon admits his crush on Abby, and the two start dating, but only briefly. Abby's aunt, Maggie Horton, and Jack, push her to not go out with Max. When Max tells Abby that he wants to stay friends and not pursue a relationship with her, she gets in a fight with him and leaves Salem to spend the summer with her family in London and didn't return.
In November 2010, Abby's mother Jennifer returns to Salem after a 4-year absence and explains that Abby is studying her schoolwork in Spain for the semester.
On March 2, 2011, Abby surprises her mother when she returns to Salem and expresses her dismay for her father's absence. She tries to talk Jennifer into moving on without Jack and encourages her to pursue a relationship with Dr. Daniel Jonas, the surgeon who saved her life. Abby is instantly attracted to Stefano DiMera's youngest son Chad DiMera and realizes she should keep her distance. Chad comforts Abby when she learns that her mother divorcing her father and admits she wishes her parents were still together. They soon begin dating, but Chad's step-mother, Kate DiMera starts plotting to break them up, but that plan quickly falls apart when Chad gets shot and 'disowns' his heritage.
In September 2011, Abby's father, Jack returns to Salem. It turns out he secretly was on assignment as a reporter in Afghanistan and was taken hostage for over a year. Abby reacts in extreme anger when her father returns, after learning he lied again, and has a brief estrangement from him but eventually they reconcile. Later, Abby's relationship with Chad falls apart when he develops feelings for her best friend, Melanie Jonas and Abby secretly develops feelings for married man, Austin Reed. One drunken night Austin and Abby kiss and when Austin wakes in the morning he is full of regret, thinking that he had slept with Abigail. He tries to cover it up to keep it from his wife Carrie. What he doesn't know is that he and Abby never actually slept together, but Abby lets him think that to try to keep him. Austin continues to push her away in an attempt to rekindle his failing marriage. Realizing how much she is hurting Austin, Abigail comes clean revealing that she lied about sleeping with him. Abigail then began to build a connection to Cameron Davis, Lexie Carver's half-brother. The two began a flirtation that soon turned to a relationship. Her relationship with her father improved as well. He worked with Marlena and a support group to recover from PSTD and so, Jack eventually managed to open up to Abigail about it and she soon forgave him. Abby moved onto Lexie Carver's half-brother, Cameron Davis, a doctor at the University of Salem who just arrived. The two eventually fell in love and got together, but after Jack died, Abigail began to fall apart, asking Cameron to sleep with her, though she would always turn him down. Due to Abby's grief and mixed feelings, Cam broke up with her and started seeing other girls, much to Abby's chagrin. Later, Abby begins bonding with Chad again, and their feelings are rekindled. They spend New Year's Eve together and, ironically, a year after they broke up, they end up sharing a few kisses, and decide to get closer. Abby also becomes Gabi's maid-of-honor in her wedding to Abby's cousin, Nick Fallon. When Chad ruins the wedding (which he attends as Abby's date) by revealing that Nick is not the father of Will's baby, Abigail then tells him she is done with him. They then reconciled and on September 17, Chad and Abigail make love for the first time, resulting in Abigail no longer being a virgin.
After Chad leaves town with Stefano to recover from the shooting, Abigail begins having sex with Chad's brother EJ DiMera. She then has a pregnancy scare which turned out to be a stomach bug. Abigail is mentioned to be one of Arianna's godparents, along with Sonny, by Will.
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