Kristian Alfonso

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Kristian Alfonso
Alfonso, with Days of Our Lives co-star Peter Reckell in 2004
Kristian-Joy Alfonso

(1963-09-05) September 5, 1963 (age 60)
Years active1981–present
Simon Macauley
Danny Daggenhurst
(m. 2001)

Kristian-Joy Alfonso (born September 5, 1963)[1] is an American actress, former figure skater, and fashion model. She is recognized for her portrayal of Hope Williams Brady on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Early life[edit]

Alfonso was born on September 5, 1963, in Brockton, Massachusetts, United States, as Kristian-Joy Alfonso. She is Italian-American: her grandparents hail from Sicily and Calabria. Kristian Alfonso was born to her parents Gino and Joanne. She has an older sister, Lisa.[2]


Early works[edit]

She began her career as a figure skater and gold medal champion at the Junior Olympic Figure Skating Championships. At the age of 13, a tobogganing accident ended her skating career and Alfonso began modelling. By the time she was 15, she had appeared on the cover of over 30 magazines, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.[3] She was first seen on TV playing opposite Rock Hudson in the TV movie The Starmaker in 1981.[4]

Days of Our Lives[edit]

Alfonso's career took off in April 1983, when she landed the contract role of Hope Williams on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. The character of Hope became involved in a popular pairing with the character of Bo Brady (played by Peter Reckell). She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 1985.

Alfonso left in 1987, returning in 1990 for a brief stint, and full-time in 1994. In November 2019, it was announced the entire cast of Days of Our Lives were released from their contracts.[5][6] Alfonso returned to the soap in February 2020.[7][8] Five months later, she announced she had quit the role of Hope, and would not be returning when the soap resumed production after it shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[9]

While part of the show, she also appeared in Season 6 of Friends in an episode titled "The One That Could Have Been, Part 1" as Hope.

Other work[edit]

After Alfonso exited Days of Our Lives in April 1987, she was cast as Pilar Ortega on Falcon Crest for its last two seasons. In 1993, she starred alongside Dolph Lundgren in the film Joshua Tree,[10] in which she played a cop abducted by an innocent convict on the run.

Alfonso's other film and television credits include MacGyver ("The Negotiator" and "Unfinished Business"), Blindfold: Acts of Obsession, Full House, Burke's Law, Murder, She Wrote, Melrose Place, Baywatch, Amazing Stories, “Out of Time” (1988 TV movie with Bill Maher), Love Stories, and Who's the Boss?. She also co-starred with Kate Jackson in the CBS movie "Whatever Happened to Bobby Earl.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Alfonso was married to Simon Macauley from 1987 to 1991. They have a son, born in October 1990. She married Danny Daggenhurst on October 6, 2001.[12] The couple have two children.[1][13][14]

In November 2006, Alfonso created her own jewelry line called Hope Faith Miracles and a fashion line, Hope by Kristian Alfonso.[3] Ten years later, she announced the company had been purchased, and she was no longer involved.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Official Kristian Alfonso Website". Official Kristian Alfonso Website. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "Kristian Alfonso, Danny Daggenhurst Biography". MySportDab. September 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Kristian Alfonso | TV Guide". Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Kristian Alfonso Archives". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 12, 2019). "Days of Our Lives: Entire Cast Released From Contract — Is the End Nigh?". TVLine. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Todisco, Eric (November 12, 2019). "Days of Our Lives Put on Hiatus — But Source Says Soap Will 'Almost Definitely Get Renewed'". People. United States: Time Inc. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 29, 2020). "Days of Our Lives Renewed at NBC — Which Cast Members Are Returning?". TVLine. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  8. ^ SOD (January 30, 2020). "DAYS to Resume Production February 3". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 6, 2020). "Kristian Alfonso Exits Days of Our Lives After 37 Years". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  10. ^ "About the Actors - Kristian Alfonso". Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "Hope Alice Williams: Days of our Lives Character -". NBC. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  12. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (October 19, 2001). "Alfonso's double commitment". United States. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "Kristian Alfonso 411". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013.
  14. ^ "Heiress who casts herself as a struggling actress". September 20, 1996. Archived from the original on April 9, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2018 – via
  15. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (November 11, 2016). "DAYS' Kristian Alfonso bows out of jewelry world". United States. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

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