Deacon Claybourne
Deacon Claybourne
Played by Charles Esten

Character Biography

It’s hard to imagine Rayna Jaymes on stage without Deacon at her side. Twenty years ago the two teamed up as songwriters. She became a star and he became her band leader. At that time, they were also a romantic couple but there’s a reason that Rayna and Deacon couldn’t stay together: Deacon’s alcoholism made a stable relationship impossible.

Now that he’s sober, however, and Rayna has called off her engagement to Luke Wheeler, it seems the timing may finally be right for this star-crossed couple. There’s just one thing: Deacon has recently received a liver cancer diagnosis that means he may only have six months to live if he doesn’t receive a transplant.

MEET THE CAST: Rayna James | Juliette Barnes | Deacon Claybourne | Scarlett O'Connor | Teddy Conrad | Avery Barkley | Will Lexington | Maddie Conrad | Gunnar Scott | Daphne Conrad | Jeff Fordham | Luke Wheeler