Soap opera fans fall in love with certain characters, and as a result grow quite attached to them over the years. These characters can be either heroes they look up to or villains they love to hate, but long-standing characters carve a niche in a soap fans’ everyday life. Audiences wouldn’t tune in daily and weekly if they were so invested in these larger-than-life soap personas. Among the many deaths and those who simply choose to move away from the little soap opera town they live in, it is a true testimony to a daytime actor/actress (and character) when a role can remain on screen for years or even decades! Today, Fame 10 pays homage to six of the longest-running soap opera roles in daytime television.
6. Nikki Newman – The Young and the Restless
Hard to believe there was ever a time in Genoa City when Nikki Newman was not pining over Victor. Alas, the character actually debuted in 1978 (two years before Victor landed) and was originally played by Erica Hope which may be another difficult thing to imagine for some die-hard Young and the Restless (Y&R) fans. Melody Thomas Scott entered the role a year later, and has been playing the matriarch of the Newman clan since. With close to 40 years within the same Y&R role, Nikki has evolved from a confused teenager, to a stripper and then one of the most powerful women in Genoa City. Sure, she’s having some tough times now, but if the past indicates the future, it won’t be long before she gets clean, sober and back in to Victor’s arms.