Days of Our Lives Vanessa Williams Cast Valerie Grant

Days of Our Lives Recast: Melrose Place Alum Takes Over Groundbreaking Role

Dr. Valerie Grant is — after a decades-long absence — back in.

NBC’s Days of Our Lives has cast Melrose Place and Soul Food actress Vanessa Williams as Dr. Grant, a role that originated in the 1970s and was controversial at the time, our sister site Deadline reports.

In the late ’70s, Valerie (then played by Tina Andrews) and David Banning were daytime’s first interracial couple. They planned to marry, though that endeavor went south after he had an affair. Diane Sommerfield later took over the part; Valerie left the fictional Salem in 1982.

Per Deadline, Valerie — now a cardiologist — will come back to town in a storyline involving her old love, Abe Carver. Her first airdate is Tuesday, Oct. 25.

In addition to the original Melrose Place and Soul Food, Williams’ TV credits include a recent stint on The Flash as well as roles on Chicago HopeMurder One and The Cosby Show.

Williams’ joining the cast is the latest in a recent spate of Days casting news: Greg Vaughan, Christie Clark and Austin Peck all will return to the soap in early 2017.

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13 Comments
  1. GuessWhat says:

    congrats to this OTHER Vanessa Williams

  2. Iakovos says:

    Dr. Grant is looking fine, especially if you do the math on character age. Miss Williams is no where near mid-60s or 70s I calculate the good doctor to be but… here’s to DAYS for reaching into history and linking a groundbreaking story many surely will remember. It gives the characters an instant rapport and history with others in Salem (and older viewers!), something that failed recently introduced characters.

  3. Maria says:

    Good. Abe needs a nice woman in his life, and it’s been quite a while since Lexie passed away. Unlike…say….Hope, who could barely wait for Bo’s coffin to be lowered into the ground before getting with Rafe and almost getting back with Aiden. Barf.

    • Linda Williams says:

      You got that right like she gonna die..people only want her with Rafe cause hes young and good looking. He sucks as a cop. So what else is he good for.

  4. mooshki says:

    This is great! Abe has spent too much time in the background since Lexie died.

  5. Evelyn Everson says:

    I want Sami Brady to come back. the show is just not the same.

  6. Christian says:

    So does this actually mean that the show would reconsider bringing longtime MIA David Banning back to the show? Julie’s son by David Martin (making David Banning not only Hope’s nephew but her stepbrother through sister Julie’s marriage to her father Doug Williams) hasn’t been seen since the early 80s, ignored for all the funerals that have taken place in the Horton family over the years.

  7. June says:

    I have always heard that all professional actors and actresses have to register their professional names so there will be no duplicates. So how can there be two actresses named Vanessa Williams?? How was Vanessa Williams the Miss America allowed to use her real name without choosing an unused professional name?

  8. Bebe herring says:

    I’ve watched days since first episode. I was 10 years old. Have hardly missed an episode. Yay beta, VHS, TiVo, DVD helped me miss none.
    Please keep it on if not on tv on the web