Matthew Nile Ashford (Jack Deveraux on Days of Our Lives)
Current Character: Jack Deveraux
Birthplace: Born in Davenport, Ohio USA
Marital Status: Married; Christina Saffran (June 6th, 1987)
The fifth of eight children, Matthew Ashford grew up in Davenport, Iowa. When he was a teenager, his family relocated to Fairfax, Virginia, where he began acting in high school productions.
Upon graduation, Matthew attended the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He earned his first professional paycheck during the summer months as a street performer in Myrtle Beach.
After graduation, he moved to New York City. Almost immediately he was put under contract by ABC-TV, playing the role of Drew Ralston on One Life to Live from 1982-83. He then was cast on the daytime drama, "Search for Tomorrow," from 1984-86.
In 1987, Matthew Ashford married singer/actress Christina Saffran and moved to Los Angeles. Matthew and Christina have two children. Grace Saffran Ashford, born June 15th, 1992 and Emma Ashford, born 1997.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Ashford was soon cast in the role of Jack Deveraux on Days of our Lives and received three Soap Opera Digest Awards for his work during his six years on the daytime series.
Days of our Lives - Jack Deveraux #6 (2001 - 2003; 2004 to - September 21 2006) To return March 2007 as recurring - August 15 2012.
General Hospital - Dr. Tom Hardy #3 (1995 - 1997)
Days of our Lives - Jack Deveraux #3 (1987 - 1993)
Search For Tomorrow - Cagney McCleary (1984 - 1986)
One Life to Live - Drew Ralston (1982 - 1983)
Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor (2012)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2006)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor (2003)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Winner, Best Villain (1989)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Winner, Super Couple (1991)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Winner, Best Wedding (1992)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Winner, Best Comedic Performance (1992)