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Eli Grant
Archey lamon
Lamon Archey as Eli Grant
Days of our Lives
Portrayed by Lamon Archey
Current status Present; Regular (Contract)
Duration 2017-
First appearance February 23, 2017
Created by Dena Higley and Ryan Quan
Introduced by Ken Corday, Albert Alarr and Greg Meng
Profile
Fullname Eli Grant
Alias(es) Officer Grant
Gender Male
Occupation Police Officer
FBI Agent
Residence Salem, Illinois
Relationships
Family Horton
Banning Family Grant Family
Parents David Banning
Valerie Grant
Terrence (stepfather)
Siblings Scotty Banning II
(paternal half)
Romances Gabi Hernandez
Grandparents David Martin
Julie Olson Williams
Doug Williams (step)
Paul Grant
Helen Grant
Great-grandparents John Martin †
Helen Martin †
Ben Olson
Addie Horton
Tom Horton
Alice Horton
Aunts and uncles Richard Martin †
Danny Grant
Great-aunts and uncles Steve Olson
Hope Brady
First cousins Spencer Olsen
Sandy Horton
Melissa Horton
Sarah Horton
Mike Horton
Jennifer Horton
Lucas Horton
Jessica Blake
Jeremy Horton
Nathan Horton
Abigail Deveraux
J.J. Deveraux
Will Horton
Allie Horton
Nick Fallon
Arianna Horton
Shawn Douglas Brady
Zack Brady
Ciara Brady
Claire Brady
Other relatives Sid Grayson † (biological maternal great-great-great-grandfather)
Abigail Grayson † (biological maternal great-great-great-grandmother)
Tommy Horton (biological maternal great-great-uncle)
Mickey Horton † (biological maternal great-great-uncle)
Bill Horton (biological maternal great-great-uncle)
Marie Horton (biological maternal great-great-aunt)

Eli Grant is a fictional character on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives portrayed by Lamon Archey. Eli is the son of Valerie Grant and David Banning. He is also the half-brother Scotty Banning II. As well as the newly found grandson of David Martin and Julie Olson Williams.

Casting Edit

The casting and character was announced in early December 2016. Archey had previously appeared on Days of Our Lives in an "under-five" role which he says lead to his casting on The Young and the Restless. Days veteran Susan Seaforth Hayes confirmed the casting on December 11, 2016 and revealed he would portray the role of Eli Grant. "I was really looking to get back into a stable job where I could really sink my teeth into a character" the actor said in statement to Soap Opera Digest.

Storylines Edit

Eli is a police officer, who Valerie is seen talking to on the phone with from time to time, in private. Theo Carver thought Valerie had a boyfriend while she was getting closer to his father, Abe Carver.

On February 23, Eli, arrives at the funeral at St. Luke's for David Banning. He tells his mom he's there to bury his father. Julie approaches and introduces herself. She asks if they've met before. He seems so familiar to her. Eli says they haven't and gives his condolences. They all take their seats. Julie gives a eulogy, telling family and friends that they loved each other but had a difficult time getting along. She regrets not seeing him in recent years and hopes he knew how much she loved him. Eli is visibly affected by her candor. She breaks down and Doug hugs her. Later, Ciara and Claire make up and she takes off with Theo.  Abe meets Eli and it's awkward. Val goes to Julie and assures her that David knew she loved him. Julie tells her to cherish Eli. "Family is everything." Val uncomfortably looks away.

Eli and Valerie walk to the park where she asks why he would think David Banning was his father. When he applied to FBI school they did some testing which concluded there was no way he could have been Terrance's son. Eli argues and he spits that he's good at lying because of her. He's done and walks away, leaving her to cry.

Eli watches Julie and Doug leave St. Luke's and goes to his father's casket to say goodbye. He's sorry he never got to know him. Lani appears and watches.

Later in March, Eli reveals himself to Julie as her grandson through David, she is ecstatic. Soon he gets to meet the entire Horton family in Salem as well as meet his cousin Abigail and her best friend Gabi. Abigail sets them both up for a date in which they agreed on. Eli continues to reject his mother, despite her pleads through Abe Carver and his daughter Lani given because of her he will never get to meet his real father. He soon considers joining the Salem P.D. especially since he plans to move in Salem. He befriends Rafe who is also an FBI agent like himself.

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