Michelle Stafford (Jill Johnson/JPI)
Michelle Stafford (Nina Reeves Clay Cassadine on General Hospital)
Current Character: Nina Reeves Clay Cassadine
Birthplace: Born in Chicago, Illinois USA
Michelle Stafford was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Montrose, California. Her career began when she was offered an opportunity to model. She traveled to France, Japan, and Italy, where she spent an entire year and became fluent in the language.
Stafford returned to the U.S. and began the process of enrolling in acting classes, finding an agent and auditioning for roles. Her first job was a role on the teen soap, "Tribes," followed by some commercials and several plays. In 1994, she landed the role of Phyllis on "The Young and the Restless," where she honed her craft and became an award winning actress.
Stafford has had primetime roles as well as other television guest roles, but also spends her time away from the show working for various charities. She volunteers for such organizations as Citizens Commission on Human Rights and The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project.
An avid sports fan, Stafford once appeared as the "Best Damn Stanley Cup" correspondent for the "Best Damn Sports Show Period." She stays active by snow skiing, water skiing, scuba diving and wind surfing. She also enjoys ballet dancing and reading.
In 2009, she had a daughter via surrogate. After leaving "Y&R" in 2013 she developed a popular web series.
The Young and the Restless - Shelia Carter (December 2006 - February 2007)
The Young and the Restless - Phyllis Summers (1994 - 1997; 2000 - Present)
Pacific Palisades - Joanna Hadley (1997)
Another Midnight Run - Hotel Guest (1994)
Tribes - Frankie (1990)
Attraction - Suzanne (2000)
Double Jeopardy - Suzanne Monroe (1999)
Awards & Acclaim
Soap Opera Digest Award Winner, Outstanding Female Newcomer ("The Young and the Restless," 1996)
Daytime Emmys Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress ("The Young and the Restless," 1997)
Soap Opera Digest Award Winner, Outstanding Villainess ("The Young and the Restless," 1997)
Soap Opera Digest Award Nominee, Outstanding Female Scene Stealer ("The Young and the Restless," 2001)
Soap Opera Digest Award Winner, Outstanding Lead Actress ("The Young and the Restless," 2003)
Daytime Emmys Winner, Outstanding Lead Actress ("The Young and the Restless," 2004)
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series ("The Young and the Restless," 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013)
Soap Opera Digest Award Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress ("The Young and the Restless," 2005)