After months of searching, Guiding Light has found its new Shayne Lewis in Jeff Branson (ex-Jonathan, AMC).
Jeff Branson Headed to ‘Guiding Light’
BY: JENNIFER SNYDER
Omar Nobles contributed to this report
Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 5:30 PM
After months of searching, Guiding Light has found its new Shayne Lewis. According to Soap Opera Digest, former Pine Valley resident Jeff Branson (ex-Jonathan, AMC) has been cast as the son of Reva & Josh. Shayne has been missing in action in Afghanistan but will return home December 1.
Branson is best known for his role on All My Children as Jonathan, the brother of Pine Valley’s resident hero Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison). While in Pine Valley, Jonathan had close relationships with Lily (Leven Rambin) as well as her older sister Ava (also played by Leven Rambin), Kendall (Alicia Minshew), Maggie (ex-Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Amanda (Chrishelle Stause). Jonathan first came to town eager to work with Ryan at Cambias. It was soon discovered Jonathan lied about his credentials and his personal life.
While in a relationship with Maggie, he was physically abusive and later held Kendall, Greenlee and Lily hostage in a cave. After blowing up the cave, Jonathan was presumed dead, though he was later found in Canada with his sister Erin (ex-Connie Fletcher-Staton). During that time, doctors discovered Jonathan was suffering from a brain tumor which caused dramatic swings of violence. He later Soon after the tumor was removed and he recovered, Jonathan personality became child-like and innocent. It was during that time his friendship with Lily turned to love and the two eventually married. Jonathan eventually regained his adult facilities but hid them in order to keep Lily happy. Jonathan later hooked up with Amanda Dillon for a short time before moving on to Lily’s lookalike sister Ava.
Branson final appearance on All My Children was December 18, 2007. With no exit story, the character of Jonathan just disappeared from the canvas. Branson was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy in 2005.
Jeff is the seventh actor to play the role of Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light. Actors who previously filled the role were Travis Cartier (1990 to 1991), Brett Cooper (1993 to 1997) , Garrett Stevens (1997 to 1999) , Tony Michael Donnelly (October 1999 to December 1999) , Billy Kay (2000 to 2003) and Marty West (2003 to 2004).
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