Ever since Nelle Hayes first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, the character was a bit of a mystery. And when the young woman later revealed her last name was really Benson — the same as Carly’s — things got even more complicated, leaving many fans wondering who this newcomer really is. Well, let us break it all down for you!
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Nelle first appeared in Port Charles on Aug. 8, 2016, with Chloe Lanier playing the newly-created role. The actress was familiar to GH fans from her stint as a teenaged Pat Spencer in the soap's special 52nd anniversary episode on April 1, 2015. Though some fans speculated that her new character could be another never-before-seen Spencer relative, the soap remained tight-lipped about Nelle’s background hoping to keep the character a mystery until her true background was revealed.
Jason Thompson as Dr. Steve Hardy, Chloe Lanier as Pat Spencer, and Rebecca Herbst as Nurse Jesse Brewer in the special GH anniversary show. (Photo Credit: Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
Nelle came to town all sweetness and light, but her saccharine smiles were just a mask to hide her nefarious true intentions. She was out for revenge and concocted an elaborate scheme to destroy Carly's life. But in the end, her plans backfired and the truth became more heartbreaking than she could have imagined.
After finding love with Michael only to have it be ripped apart when her plot was exposed, the two are finding their way back together again. But there are still forces working overtime to keep them apart!
Relive Nelle's dramatic life story on GH so far in our special gallery below where we chronicle all her most memorable moments and shocking revelations, and look ahead to her future in Port Charles, whatever that may be!
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