Some of the main characters of Days of Our Lives include Nicole Walker, Serena Mason, Brady Black, Theresa Donovan, Dr. Daniel Jonas and Eric Brady. All five of these characters have regular roles in the current season of the show, which is in its 50th year, as of 2015.
The above-mentioned characters are played, respectively, by Arianne Zucker, Melissa Archer, Eric Martsolf, Jen Lilley, Shawn Christian and Greg Vaughan. Some famous characters historically include Stefano DiMera, played by Joseph Mascolo; Tommy Horton, played by John Lupton; and Peter Blake, played by Jason Brooks.
Days of our Lives began in 1965, and over its 50 seasons, the show has had many memorable characters, played by a variety of famous actors and actresses. Some characters, in fact, were played by more than one actor or actress over the course of several seasons. For instance, the role of Sami Brady was played by Ronit Arnoff in 1984, Lauren Ann Bundy in 1986 and Tiffany Nicole Palma in 1986. Erstwhile, Jennifer Horton was played by Maria Stephenson in 1976, and in 2010 was played by Melissa Reeves.
Days of Our Lives has 215 Daytime Emmy nominations and 32 wins, and has also won several Soap Opera's Digest and People's Choice Awards. The show still airs daily on NBC.