Arianne Zucker as Nicole Walker (2013)
|Days of our Lives character|
|Portrayed by||Arianne Zucker|
|First appearance||February 27, 1998|
|Created by||Sally Sussman Morina|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday
|Occupation||Secretary at St. Luke's|
|Residence||Saint Luke's Church
Salem, United States
Nicole Walker (born Mendez, formerly Roberts, Kiriakis and DiMera) is a fictional character on the NBC soap opera, Days of our Lives, a long-running series about working-class life in the fictional town of Salem. She was introduced in 1998 by head writer Sally Sussman Morina, and executive producer Ken Corday. Actress Arianne Zucker has portrayed the character since her introduction to the series in 1998. Zucker took a short, two year break from 2006-2008 when she returned to the series again in the same role.
Many of Nicole's storylines have often focused on treachery, death, and love, with the character being portrayed as always in pursuit of finding true love and having the family she never had as a child growing up. The character is scripted as the daughter of Faye Walker and Paul Mendez. During her childhood, Nicole was a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of her father, Paul, who forced her to do pornography in her adolescence under the name "Misty Circle".
The character came to Salem as a small town waitress, but almost immediately started getting involved with the major families that the show revolved around. While once being seen as a scheming gold-digger, Nicole has grown into a woman committed to finding love and being a good mother. She is known for her longstanding feud with her enemy, Sami Brady, her relationships with EJ DiMera, Eric Brady and Brady Black, and the 2009 Baby Switch story line which featured Nicole having a miscarriage; lying to her husband; and stealing Sami's baby, Sydney.
Nicole, the daughter of Paul Mendez and Fay Walker, first arrives in Salem in February 1998. She is an overworked waitress at the Java Cafe. After a cancer scare and a brief rekindling of her relationship with Eric, she divorces Lucas and schemes her way into the arms of Victor Kiriakis (much to the dismay of Kate Roberts, the mother of Victor's son, Philip Kiriakis). In July 2001, Nicole's father dies. Nicole and Victor marry, but the honeymoon period is brief. It wasn't long before Nicole plots Victor's death, and her subsequent inheritance of the Kiriakis fortune. She pays Larry Welch to assassinate Victor, but it ends up not happening. She then teams up with Jan Spears, and Victor's death is linked with the Salem Stalker killings.
Nicole then turns her pursuit to Victor's grandson, Brady Black. Thinking she has finally found her true love, she is ready to settle down. Nicole is unable to stop her manipulative and deceptive behavior and when she finds out that Brady's long-time love Chloe Lane was still alive, the web of deceit starts once again. When Brady eventually finds out what Nicole has been hiding from him, he ends their relationship. Nicole leaves town in 2006. After Nicole's departure it is mentioned on the show that she had met and wanted to marry "some soap actor," presumably a nod to the fact portrayer Zucker was married to her former Days of our Lives costar Kyle Lowder.
In April 2008, Nicole returns to Salem claiming to still be married to Victor. Nicole hires EJ Wells to help her divorce Victor. However, Nicole learns she is still married to her first husband, Trent Robbins. She thinks that their marriage had been annulled; as a consequence, her marriages to both Lucas and Victor were invalid. Nicole married Trent while in college. Trent was so abusive towards Nicole that she eventually packed her things and left him. However, she never files for divorce so technically, since she is still married to Trent.
Trent is found stabbed to death in September 2008, and Nicole becomes one of the prime suspects. While working together, E.J. sometimes uses Nicole to make Sami jealous. After being dumped by Sami, E.J. becomes devastated, so he and Nicole have sex in an elevator (during which time he calls out "Sami"). Soon after the elevator romp, Nicole discovers that she is pregnant. However, she was told five years earlier that she could never have a child. She saw it as a "miracle" baby. However, Sami Brady, E.J.'s ex-wife discovers that she also became pregnant while she and E.J. were married. Nicole moves into the DiMera mansion with E.J. Sadly, Nicole goes into preterm labor with their daughter, and miscarries. Although, she realizes that E.J. loves the child that she carried and not her. Unable to tell EJ because of the fear of abandonment, Nicole pretends to be pregnant. She finds out that E.J. is still in love with Sami, so Nicole uses "their baby" to keep E.J. from being with Sami.
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