Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis

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Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis
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Days of our Lives character
Portrayed by Judi Evans
Alison Sweeney (1987) (flashbacks)[1]
  • 1986–91
  • 2007–08
  • 2010–
First appearance December 26, 1986
Created by Leah Laiman
Introduced by Betty Corday
Ken Corday
Al Rabin
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Co-Owner of A.J. Construction. Former Owner "The Cheatin' Heart"
Residence Kiriakis Mansion
13201 Glen Oaks Drive

Adrienne Josephine Johnson Kiriakis is a fictional character on NBC's daytime drama Days of Our Lives. She has been portrayed by Judi Evans[2] from 1986 to February 1991, from May 2007 to January 2008, and again since March 23, 2010.[3]

Casting and characterization[edit]

Judi Evans joined DAYS in 1986 after a widely popular run on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, where she played Beth Raines from 1983-1986.[4] Her run on the NBC soap opera centered on her battles with childhood abuse and her relationship with Justin Kiriakis, played by Wally Kurth. After she left the show in 1991, she joined Another World that year as Paulina Cory Carlino until the show ended in 1999. After a short break from daytime, she returned to DAYS in 2003 as an entirely different character, Bonnie Lockhart and remained in the role until 2007 when she was immediately brought back as Adrienne from 2007-2008 and then since 2010.[4] In between her second and third runs on DAYS, Evans joined the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns as Maeve Stone in 2009.[5] The role lasted for several months[6] and followed her almost-relationship with Holden Snyder, played by Jon Hensley.[7] Evans' casting on ATWT coincided with Kurth's return to DAYS, ending plans for a Justin and Adrienne reunion[7] but she eventually returned a year later.[8]

At the time of her 2010 return, Evans spoke to the Sony Pictures Days of our Lives website about her character's onscreen reunion with Justin and their struggling marriage.[9]

"...The way they wrote the characters...they really matured them, they really caught the gist of what their relationship had been as opposed to what it is now. Wally and I kept marveling at how wonderful the writing is. And true to form, true to life, true to the characters."[10]

—Judi Evans, Sony Pictures/Days of our Lives

During her years away from the daytime genre, Evans appeared in Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story in 1986 as Penelope Cabot and Getting Away with Murder: The Jonbenet Ramsey Mystery in 2000 as Patsy Ramsey.[11] Evans also appears on the web series Venice: The Series, created by Crystal Chappell who played Carly Manning on DAYS.[12] Her role as Logan follows her character's relationship with Chappell's character Gina and her inability to develop friendships with any of the women in Gina's life.[13] Outside of acting, Evans began a career as a grief counselor at the Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary in Los Angeles. She admitted at the time that she was unsure of taking the job but came around to the idea of helping people in need.[14] Evans calls this career decision "a great opportunity to be of service to people. I feel very fortunate. I wanted to do something with my life that's meaningful. Some people might consider this weird or desperate or a step down, but I don't. I'm helping people at one of the most difficult times in life and that means the world to me."[13] Evans was nominated the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her dual roles of Adrienne and Bonnie in 2008,[15] 24 years after her winning the award for her role on GL.[13]

In February 2015, nearly five years since her return Evans has been upgraded to contract status alongside Wally Kurth and Mary Beth Evans.[16]



Adrienne Johnson, an abused teenager runs away to Salem, where she becomes friends, and moves in with Kayla Brady. At that time Kayla is falling in love with Adrienne's oldest brother Steven Earl "Patch" Johnson. Their abusive father Duke comes to Salem in search of his daughter. He beats and rapes Adrienne when he finds her alone. After the attack she finds a gun, and shoots him. Steve takes the blame and goes on trial for his murder. Adrienne confesses to the crime but after explaining everything does not go to jail. After the murder trial she meets Justin Kiriakis. In 1987 they marry in Greece.[17] Adrienne doesn't like Justin's ties to his uncle Victor Kiriakis' business, and makes him choose between her, and his work. He ultimately chose her, and they move out. It is however short lived when Victor Kiriakis is shot, Justin returns, without Adrienne. Justin & Adrienne are having trouble conceiving, so when their housekeeper JJ Bagwood gets pregnant she offers them her twins. After a custody battle with the father, Stanley, they receive custody. Later Adrienne becomes pregnant with a baby of her own, Jackson. Before leaving town Justin, Adrienne, and Victor all reconcile. The family is offscreen throughout the nineties. They do not appear for Adrienne's youngest brother Jack Devereaux's funeral in 2003, however Adrienne makes a call to his wife, Jennifer Horton Devereaux offering her condolences.


Adrienne finally returned home in 2007 at her sister-in-law Kayla's request to help her amnesiac brother Steve. After accomplishing her goal, she, Justin, and the kids left Salem again for Dubai. In March 2010, Adrienne came back to Salem[18] and she was engulfed in a struggling marriage with Justin, who has feelings for Hope Williams Brady.[4] Hope did not return the feelings and pressured the couple to reunite.[17] Adrienne and Justin divorced but the couple found their way back to one another and remarried.[19] The couple soon welcomed their son Jackson "Sonny" Kiriakis back to town and it is revealed that he is gay. They support him as he comes out to his uncle Victor and as he makes a home for himself with his new life.[20]


  1. ^ Di Lauro, Janet. "25 Facts About Alison Sweeney". The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Judi Evans - Days of our Lives - Soap Star Stats - Online Bio - DOOL". 1996-05-26. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  3. ^ NBC aired credits, 3/25/10
  4. ^ a b c "Judi Evans Returning to Days | SOAPnet". 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Judi Evans Cast on As the World Turns". 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  6. ^ Newcomb, Roger (2009-06-23). "Judi Evans Joins ATWT as Maeve". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  7. ^ a b jaded32 (2009-06-23). ""As The World Turns": Casting News | SOAPnet". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  8. ^ "Judi Evans back to DAYS as Adrienne Kiriakis! | Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps | Daytime Soap Interviews, News, Updates and Previews, Video and Audio Interviews". 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
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  10. ^ "Judi Evans on Her Return". Sony Pictures. Retrieved April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Judi Evans Other Roles". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  12. ^–-day-5/2011/09/08/
  13. ^ a b c "Judi Evans « Venice The Series". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  14. ^ "Judi Evans Selling Cemetery Plots". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  15. ^ "CBS sweep of Emmy noms causes a lather". Daily News (New York). 2008-05-02. 
  16. ^ "Comings and Goings: Judi Evans (Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis)". Soap Opera Digest. (Vol. 40, No. 18). May 4, 2015. p. 10. 
  17. ^ a b "- NBC". NBC. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Judi Evans Returning to Days | SOAPnet". Archived from the original on 6 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  19. ^ "Soap News - Previews | CBS Soaps - Soaps In Depth". 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  20. ^ Like Days of Our Lives. "Days of our Lives - Bios - Freddie Smith as Jackson Sonny Kiriakis". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ken Corday (2010). The Days of our Lives: The True Story of One Family's Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives. Sourcebooks. p. 272. ISBN 1402242220. 
  • Nancy E. Rout (1993). The Soap Opera Book: Who's Who in Daytime Drama. Todd Publications. ISBN 0915344238. 
  • Maureen Russell (1995). Days of Our Lives: A Complete History of the Long-Running Soap Opera. McFarland & Company. p. 286. ISBN 0525943021. 

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