Chelsea Benson-Brady (as played by Rachel Melvin on Days of Our Lives)
Useful information about Chelsea Benson-Brady
* Both parents died in a car accident.
* Sneaky Spiker – drugged Patrick Lockhart to try to seduce him and spiked Billie Reed’s drink.
* Reckless driver.
* Accidentally killed Zack Brady in a hit and run.
* Dated Daniel Jonas.
Who's played Chelsea Benson-Brady over the years?
Mandy Musgrave (2004 - 2005, recurring)
Rachel Melvin (2005 - Tuesday January 04, 2011)
Current and Past Occupation
Current: Working with children in London England
Past: Student at Salem University and works at University Hospital, with children.
Past: Flight Attendant for Touch the Sky Airlines
Chelsea hasn't always been the “good girl” she seemed to be. Coming off as Abby’s sweet and innocent best friend, Chelsea was surreptitiously encouraging Abby to smoke, drink, and lie. Meeting Abby’s friend Patrick Lockhart gave Chelsea a new mission in life: to get Patrick for herself! With Abby’s help, Chelsea worked hard to keep Patrick out of Jennifer Deveraux’s clutches and then to keep him away from Billie Reed.
Her dogged pursuit of Patrick led her to drug him, hoping he’d sleep with her, and then later to spike Billie’s drink, an act which backfired, actually driving Billie and Patrick together.
On Abby’s 17th birthday, tragedy struck, as a car accident claimed the lives of both of Chelsea’s parents. Billie stepped in and took the orphaned Chelsea into her own care, and the two of them moved in with Patrick.
Soon after moving in and still mourning the loss of her parents, Chelsea was shocked to learn that the parents she was grieving weren’t her real parents. Her real parents were actually Bo and Billie! Seems the stillborn daughter, Georgia, that Billie had suffered years before had actually been alive and healthy…and stolen by the DiMeras.
This new development was a problem for Chelsea, who was no friend to Billie – her biggest obstacle to getting her hands on Patrick! But eventually Chelsea came around when it came to Billie, who had so taken up for her – so much so that Chelsea sent a fake email to Hope, pretending to be Bo, and saying he wanted a divorce, just so Billie and Bo could get back together. This proved to be a mistake, as a livid Bo disowned Chelsea when he found out.
Chelsea’s troubles extended behind the wheel as she has so many reckless driving moments that her driver’s license was revoked. She took driving lessons to appease Bo and was eventually given car privileges on New Years Eve. That would prove to be a fatal mistake, as Chelsea, taking her eyes off the road while text messaging, “hit something.” Later she learned that the “something” she hit was her half-brother, Zack. Zack died from the accident and Chelsea was sure she’d be in deep trouble. But Billie took the blame and Chelsea got off the hook.
Later, Chelsea found herself involved in an online affair with someone calling himself Dr. Shane Patten. Falling for Dr. Patten, Chelsea asked Nick to find out who the guy really was, but found out that “Dr. Patten” was really Nick, trying to get in Chelsea’s heart. Chelsea was so hurt by this betrayal she ended her friendship with him. Later, when she found out that Nick had slept with her mother, Chelsea moved out and went to live with Bo. Her mother has tried to repair the relationship, but things are still icy between them.
In yet another dramatic turn of events, Bo’s house is set on fire by Willow Stark, who used Chelsea’s hairbrush to frame her for the blaze. Frightened, Chelsea turned to her good old friend Nick to steal the hairbrush so Bo wouldn’t find out about it. Nick, afraid that Chelsea was lying, went to Willow who tried to steal the hairbrush from Nick and ultimately died in the ensuing struggle.
Since, Chelsea has moved on and, while Nick has vowed to win her back, her eye has been caught by Jett Carver, who she almost kissed. When she witnessed Jett get shot in the back in a Vegas casino, Jett delivered an ambulance confession: he told Chelsea he loved her!
Jett recovered from his gunshot wound and got a job in security with Billie, her mom. Chelsea and Nick reunited but their relationship hit several bumpy paths. Stephanie convinced Chelsea to join a sorority at Salem University and they became close friends with her sorority sisters. When rape crimes ensued at the University, Chelsea learned that one of her sorority sisters, Cordy, was raped by campus rapist, Ford Decker. She and her Theta sisters devised a plan to incriminate Ford Decker. Chelsea lured him to the sorority house where Ford tried to rape her. In a struggle, Ford fell down the stairs to his death. Worried that they would be charged with murder, Chelsea and her sorority sisters decided to hide Ford's body (with the help of Max Brady), and deny that anything happened. Chelsea's visions of Ford and feelings of guilt haunted her and put a strain on her and Nick's relationship. Ford's father suspected that Chelsea and the girls were responsible for Ford's disappearance. The truth eventually came out but Chelsea's grandfather, Victor, convinced Ford's father not to press charges.
Nick and Chelsea once again reunited and when the story-line in Ireland wrapped up, Chelsea learned that her grandfather, Shawn Senior, had died a hero on the plane from Ireland. She also learned that Bo was in serious danger when his pancreas started shutting down. Chelsea desperately feared that she would lose her father. Not knowing that she was the matched donor for Bo's pancreatic surgery, she ended up drunk in the park, where she first met Daniel Jonas. Chelsea was found in time, taken to the hospital, and went through detox before she underwent a risky surgery to donate a part of her pancreas to save Bo. While in the hospital, Chelsea learned that the guy from the park was her doctor, Daniel Jonas, and she developed a crush on him. Bo's transplant was a success and this brought Chelsea and her father much closer. Meanwhile, with Nick's physics project taking a lot of his time and attention, Chelsea felt distant with Nick. She eventually broke things off with him because she couldn't deny her attraction to Daniel any longer. Chelsea pursued Daniel, who first rejected her. Much to everyone's dismay, Daniel couldn't deny his feelings for Chelsea any longer and they started dating.
Chelsea continued her studies at Salem University and got a job at the hospital working with children with disabilities. She enjoyed her rewarding job and grew closer with Theo Carver, Lexi and Abe's Autistic son.
Eventually, Chelsea learned that Daniel and Kate had slept together before her and Daniel were in a relationship. Disgusted, Chelsea broke up with Daniel and grew to resent Kate. To get her mind off her problems, Chelsea met up with Stephanie, Max, and Nick who were in France to find Max's long lost sister, Melanie Layton. There, Chelsea was bothered to see that Nick was getting closer to Melanie.
Back in Salem, Chelsea decided that she couldn't forgive and forget what had happened between Daniel and Kate. When Kate became ill and was eventually diagnosed with lung cancer, Chelsea tried her best to be there for Kate, despite their strained relationship. Chelsea continues her work at the hospital. She has tried to mend her relationship with Nick, but Nick is preoccupied with Melanie. Chelsea worries that Melanie is taking advantage of Nick. Turns out Nick was the one who she should have worried about. Nick started stalking Melanie and when he took her away, against her will, he admitted to killing her father and was thrown in jail. Chelsea was supportive throughout and she and Max started getting close during this time. They shared a kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve and again February 18. Chelsea told Stephanie, who Max had broken up with months before, and she took it well and gave her blessing. Chelsea and Max tried to forge a new relationship. This worked out well and they both moved to England together.
Flings and Relationships
Bo Brady (father)
Billie Reed (mother)
Shawn-Douglas Brady (past) (paternal half-brother)
Zack Brady (paternal half-brother - deceased)
Victor Kiriakis (paternal grandfather)
Caroline Brady (paternal grandmother)
Curtis Reed (maternal grandfather)
Kate Roberts (maternal grandmother)
Yurgos Kiriakis (paternal great-grandfather)
Sophie Kiriakis (paternal great-grandmother)
Phillip Kiriakis (Past) (paternal half-uncle/maternal half-uncle)
Austin Reed (maternal uncle)
Isabella Toscano (paternal half-aunt)
Roman Brady (paternal half-uncle)
Kimberly Brady (paternal half-aunt)
Kayla Johnson (paternal half-aunt)
Frankie Brady (paternal half-uncle, via adoption)
Max Brady (paternal half-uncle by adoption)
Lucas Roberts (maternal half-uncle)
Rex Brady (maternal half-uncle/paternal half-cousin)
Cassie Brady (maternal half-aunt/paternal half-cousin)
Brady Black (paternal half-cousin)
Carrie Brady Roberts Reed(paternal half-cousin)
Eric Brady (paternal half-cousin)
Samantha "Sami" Brady- Roberts (paternal half-cousin)
Andrew Donovan IV (paternal half-cousin)
Jeannie Donovan (paternal half-cousin)
Stephanie Johnson (current) (paternal half-cousin)
Will Roberts (maternal half-cousin/paternal half-cousin)
Claire Kiriakis (paternal half-niece)
Alexander Kiriakis (paternal second cousin)
Joey Kiriakis (paternal second cousin by adoption)
Victor Kiriakis II (paternal second cousin by adoption)
Jackson Steven Kiriakis (paternal second cousin)
None. Cannot have children.