DAYS makes last-minute Celeste recast
Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 1:15:52 AM
Updated Friday, January 20, 2012 3:36:49 PM
Celeste is headed back to Salem to "be with her family and help keep them safe," but she'll be doing so with a new actress in the part. Tanya Boyd is unavailable to reprise the role due to scheduling conflict.
Just one week after announcing that Tanya Boyd
) would be reprising her role on Days of our Lives comes word that the NBC soap has been forced to do a last-minute recast.
The Internet was abuzz over the weekend with reports that Boyd has been suffering from medical problems. A DAYS spokesperson refutes those claims.
"Reports are incorrect," the rep tells soap
. "We were unable to move forward with Tanya due to scheduling conflicts."
Boyd debuted as Celeste in 1994.
With Boyd unavailable, Days of our Lives put out a casting call to fill the role. In the notice, DAYS revealed that it is seeking a "65-75-year-old gorgeous African American female" who is a "very strong established name actor who can really dive into this material and make it their own."
reports that DAYS has hired Beverly Todd to take on the role. Todd has appeared in the feature films Crash
and The Bucket List
. She also also appeared in numerous television programs, including Benson
, Falcon Crest
, and, most recently, Grey's Anatomy
Todd has already reported for work, and will first air, on a recurring basis, in early April. She is expected to air over the course of about ten episodes.
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