Alison Sweeney is an American actress and television presenter best known for her role as Samantha Sami Gene Brady on the television soap opera Days of Our Lives, since 1993.
She replaced Caroline Rhea as the host of the reality show The Biggest Loser for the show's fourth season and has hosted the show ever since.
Sweeney is also an accomplished author with her book, The Mommy Diet, released in 2011 and the paperback edition released in December 2012. The book reveals the diet of nutrition, fitness and self-care that women can follow to look and feel fantastic - before and during pregnancy, and after giving birth.
The Mommy Diet focuses on ways to get and stay physically and mentally healthy, while offering ways to slim down after having a child in a positive, attainable way.
Dr. Oz, Holly Robinson Peete and Jillian Michaels are amongst those who provided endorsements for her book. Hyperion released her first penned novel, The Star Attraction, in 2013.
No stranger to the camera, Sweeney began her acting career at age four. At 16 years old, Sweeney joined the cast of Days of our Lives, and in her almost 20 consecutive years as Sami Brady, her character has tackled controversial storylines including bulimia, date rape, teen pregnancy and capital punishment.
Sweeney's performance has garnered numerous awards, including four Soap Opera Digest Awards (1986, '98, '99 and 2001) for Favorite Villain, and the award for Favorite Good Girl in 2001.
Sweeney also won the award for America's Favorite Villain at the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. During the past few years at Days of our Lives, Sweeney has also added director to her long list of credits.
She continues her philanthropic work as an Ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer and a member of the Entertainment Council for Feeding America.
Sweeney resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Dave, a California Highway Patrol officer, and their seven-year-old son Ben and three-year-old daughter Megan.