Alison Sweeney is one of the most popular faces on American daytime television. The 45-year-old actress garnered fame and recognition for her role as Samantha “Sami” Brady on the NBC soap opera, Days of Our Lives. Sweeney first appeared on the show in the late 80s as a different character. It was not until 1993 that she entered under contract to appear as Sami and has won her many accolades for the role.
Other than her work on Days of Our Lives, Alison has appeared in various Hallmark productions. She has also served as the host of The Biggest Loser, a reality TV show about overweight and obese people looking to transform their bodies and lives. Outside of her on-camera roles, she has worked sparingly as a director. Clearly a talented individual, Alison Sweeney has left nothing to chance in her career and has worked tirelessly to achieve all she has to her name.
Alison Sweeney Was Born and Raised In Los Angeles
On September 19, 1976, in Los Angeles, California, Alison Sweeney was born to her parents, Polly and Stender Sweeney. The actress comes from a not-so-large Irish family as she has only two brothers as her siblings. All three children were raised by their parents.
Being born and raised in LA meant that Alison was at a very young age exposed to Hollywood. As a result, she began her career at a very young age. She is also not the only member of her family to have attempted getting into showbiz as her brother Ryan is also an actor.
The Actress Was 5 Years Old When She Started Her Career
In 1981, at the very young age of 5, Alison Sweeney recorded her first gig in Hollywood by bagging a role in a Kodak commercial. A few years later, she appeared in an episode of the crime drama series Simon & Simon (1984) before featuring in an episode of the horror series, Tales from the Darkside (1985). The budding actress would go on to make a few more guest appearances in different episodes of other TV shows before landing her first job on the long-running Days of Our Lives soap opera. She played the character of Adrienne Johnson in 1987.
After stints in Family Man (1988) and Brand New Life (1989-1990), Alison Sweeney landed what turned out to be her breakthrough role at the age of 17. It was that of Samantha Brady in Days of our Lives, a role she still plays to date. As a result of her getting on the show, she did not complete the requirements to be awarded a degree as she left the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she was studying Economics to concentrate on her acting career.
In her early days of playing the Brady character, Sweeney barely took other jobs. She made only a handful of other appearances in other TV programs in the 90s and early 2000s. It wasn’t until the late 2010s that she began to explore other options. She notably featured in a myriad of Hallmark productions, served as the host of The Biggest Loser from 2007 to 2015, wrote three books: The Star Attraction (2013), Scared Scriptless: A Novel (2014), and Opportunity Knocks (2016), and began working as a director.
Alison Sweeney Bagged Her First Award By The Age of 20
In 1994, a year after she began featuring in Days of Our Lives, Alison Sweeney was nominated for a Young Artist Award. While she failed to take home the gong that year, she was successful a couple of years later in 1996 when she was named Outstanding Villainess at the Soap Opera Digest Award. The actress would go on to win the same award in 1998 and 1999 before she was named Outstanding Younger Lead Actress by the same body in 2001.
The major notable award she has won for her performance in the role is the America’s Favorite Villain — Special Fan Award at the 2002 Daytime Emmy Awards. In all, Sweeney has taken home eight awards from thirteen nominations for her performance on the show.
- 1996 – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess
- 1998 – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess
- 1999 – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess
- 2001 – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress
- 2002 – Daytime Emmy Award for America’s Favorite Villain — Special Fan Award
- 2005 – Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite New Couple (shared with Bryan Dattilo)
- 2005 – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
- 2020 – Soap Hub Awards Favorite Social Media Star
Sweeney Has Been Married To Highway Patrol Officer David Sanov For 21 Years
For 21 years, Alison Sweeney has been happily married to her law enforcement husband. She wedded David Sanov on the 8th of July, 2000, after dating him for about three years. While his date of birth is not known to the public, it is suggested that David was born around the same time as his wife, in the ’70s. Like Alison, he is also a native of California and is caucasian.
Alison has spoken about how she and her husband have not left their marriage to chance. Sometime in 2015, the actress revealed how she and David have a tradition of going out for dinner on their anniversary and “reviewing” how their relationship has been going. “We kind of give each other a job evaluation, which sounds a little embarrassing. We talk about our three favorite things about the other person and then three things that we could work on.”
This review, according to her, helps keep them on their toes as they look to have a long marriage that would be the envy of many.
The Duo Have Two Children Together
- Date of Birth: 25 February 2005
- Age: 17 Years Old
- Gender: Male
Alison’s marriage to David Sanov has so far produced two children. Their first child is a son named Benjamin. Not much is known about the young man other than what his mother said about him being an outdoors person. Alison revealed that her son has taken an interest in Tennis and loves playing the sport. Whether or not he would be turning professional is not yet known.
- Date of Birth: January 2009
- Age: 13 Years Old
- Gender: Female
About four years after Alison Sweeney and her husband had their first child, they welcomed another baby. This time it was a girl named Megan. Unlike her brother, the young lady appears to have taken an interest in her mother’s profession. Time will tell if she would ever have a career on TV.