Peacock’s BEL-AIR Announces Original Cast members Daphne Maxwell Reid and Vernee Watson-Johnson as Guest Stars

BEL-AIR — Season: 1 — Pictured: (l-r) Vernee Watson-Johnson, Daphne Maxwell Reid — (Photo by: Peacock)

Peacock’s critically-acclaimed drama series Bel-Air has reunited original The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air stars Daphne Maxwell Reid (Frank’s Place, Snoops) and Vernee Watson-Johnson (General Hospital, Bob Hearts Abishola). Both will guest star in the new hit series. 

Daphne Maxwell Reid will play “Helen” and Vernee Watson-Johnson will play “Janice,” members of the Art Council Board of Trustee. The two will guest star in episode 109 of BEL-AIR, streaming March 24 on Peacock. 

Daphne Maxwell Reid played Aunt Viv and Vernee Watson-Johnson played Viola “Vy” Smith in the original The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series. 

Bel-Air is currently streaming on Peacock. New episodes are released every Thursday. The season one finale will stream on Thursday, March 31 on Peacock.  

Watch the official trailer HERE 


Set in modern-day America, Peacock’s new one-hour drama series Bel-Air imagines the beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known.  

Executive produced by Will Smith, and inspired by Morgan Cooper’s viral trailer that reimagined the iconic, culture-defining ‘90s sitcom, Bel-Air takes a fresh and raw approach to this world of swagger, style, and aspiration, while exploring Will’s complex journey through a current lens. The new series features an ensemble cast that introduces Jabari Banks as Will and a creative team that includes Cooper, who serves as director, co-writer, and executive producer, and co-showrunners and executive producers T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson.   

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