Kayla Caroline Johnson M.D. (née Brady, formerly Deveraux) is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives. She made her first on-screen appearance in 1982. Kayla was created by Pat Falken Smith as one of the original members of the Brady family, a fictional family on the serial. She is widely known for her popular pairing with Steve Johnson. This relationship gave the couple the title of a famous super couple. Kayla was described as being the “good” girl of the serial.
During her time on Days of our Lives, Kayla was extremely well received by television critics. Kayla Brady Johnson is one of the six Brady children. She is the daughter of the late Shawn Brady Sr. and Caroline Brady. She is the sister of Roman Brady and Kimberly Brady, the half-sister of Bo Brady, and the sister of adopted brothers Frankie Brady and Max Brady.
She has been married three times, to Jack Deveraux and twice to Steve Johnson. Steve and Kayla have two children, a daughter Stephanie Johnson and a son, Joey Johnson. She has a step-son named Tripp Dalton, Steve’s son with his ex-love, Ava Vitali. Mary Beth Evans returned to Days of Our Lives for a short-stint on June 18, 2010, and then again on recurring status starting in December 2011. Mary Beth was put on contract in 2015.
The role was originated on January 18, 1982 by actress Catherine Mary Stewart who played the role until December 14, 1983. The role is replaced in 1986 by actress Mary Beth Evans. Evans is most recognizable in the role as Kayla. She played the role from May 23, 1986 to May 26, 1992. Mary Beth Evans returned to play Kayla on June 12, 2006. She announced her departure from the serial on February 17, 2009, and was dropped off canvas.
She returned to play Kayla in a recurring capacity from June 18 to 29, 2010 and September 23, 2010 to February 15, 2011. In December 2011, Evans began appearing on a regular basis in a recurring capacity. In May 2015, Evans announced she had been put back on contract with Days of Our Lives.