janet hubert

Aunt Vivian from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Vivian Banks is a main character in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. As Will‘s maternal aunt, she is no-nonsense and nurturing, yet she is also vivacious and valiant. She is extremely career-driven, having earned her PhD at UCLA, where she met her future husband, Phillip Banks. Together they had four children: Nicky, Ashley, Carlton, and Hillary. In the beginning of the series, Janet Hubert played Vivian, yet Daphne Reid took over in the latter half of the third season. This came with changes to the character as well, moving from an astute aunt to one with a less fiery demeanor. Nonetheless there have been several jokes in the show that poke fun at the recast.