Internationally-acclaimed Emmy Award-winning and People’s Choice Award-winning Film & Television actor, ERIC BRAEDEN is a television icon and arguably the most popular character in daytime history. For 40 years, he has portrayed “Victor Newman” on the #1 rated daytime drama series The Young and the Restless which airs on CBS from Sony Pictures Television
Braeden most recently was featured in the critically acclaimed box office hit, Den Of Thieves from STX Entertainment, written and directed by his son, Christian Gudegast starring Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson and 50 Cent.
Braeden also wrote his bestseller and critically acclaimed autobiography I’ll Be Damned in 2017 from HarperCollins,
Additionally, according to A.C. Nielsen, Braeden has one of the highest TVQ’s on television, and is one of the most recognized actors in the world. On July 20 2007, he was the recipient of a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and become the first German born actor since Marlene Dietrich to receive such an honor.
2020 marks Braeden’s 60h year in film and television, where he has starred with such luminaries as Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Geraldine Page, Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, James Earl Jones, Curt Jurgens, Raquel Welch, Tyne Daly, James Arness, Mary Tyler Moore, Dennis Weaver and Jack Lord, among others.
Follow him on Twitter @EBraeden and on Instagram @ericbraedengudegast
Melody Thomas Scott
Melody Thomas Scott, who stars as Nikki Newman on “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” celebrates 41 years in the role, having joined the cast in February 1979.
Scott’s character has matured from the girl from the wrong side of the tracks to the serial’s luminous and resourceful leading lady. After garnering a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress” in 1999, she went on to win in the same category for the Soap Opera Digest Award in 2001. She also received four Soap Opera Update Awards for “Outstanding Lead Actress” (1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996).
Scott began her career at age three under the tutelage of renowned coach Ethel Meglin, who launched the careers of Shirley Temple and Judy Garland. She studied singing, tap dancing, ballet and jazz and became one of the world-famous “Meglin Kiddies,” performing in USO shows as she started booking national commercials and guest spots on such series as “Wagon Train,” “My Three Sons,” “Ironside” and a recurring role on “The Waltons.”
Her birthday is April 18. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @MelodyThomasSco
Peter Bergman is celebrating his 30th anniversary on “The Young and the Restless” having joined the cast as the multi-faceted Jack Abbott in November, 1989. The head of the Abbott family, Jack has survived countless personal and business setbacks, as well as five painful divorces. His drive to succeed as a businessman is only eclipsed by his desire to defeat his bitter enemy, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).
In his 30 years in Daytime television, including 10 years on “All My Children,” Bergman has received 21 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor, winning the coveted award in 1991, 1992 and 2002. These and his two Soap Opera Digest awards for lead actor, as well as three MVP awards from Soap Opera Update, make Bergman the most decorated actor in “Y&R” history.
The son of a U.S. Naval officer, Bergman was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and moved nine times with his family before he entered eighth grade. Upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1974, Bergman appeared in numerous regional theatres across the country and several national television commercials before landing the role of Dr. Cliff Warner on “All My Children.”
Bergman has also guest starred in the television series “The Five Mrs. Buchanans,” “The Nanny” and “The King of Queens,” as well as made-for-television movies “Pity the Poor Soldier,” “Woman on the Ledge” and “Palomino.”
Amelia Heinle joined THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in March 2005 as Victoria Newman, daughter of the rich and powerful Victor and Nikki Newman (Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott). She won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2014 and 2015.
A native of Phoenix, AZ, Heinle moved to New York City immediately after high school, and landed the role of Steffi Brewster on the daytime drama “Loving” at the age of 19.
She also portrayed Mia Saunders on the daytime drama “All My Children.” In addition, she has guest starred on “CSI: Miami” and “Ghost Whisperer,” appeared in the television series “Monticello” and “Purgatory,” and the made-for-television movie “Quicksilver Highway.”
Her feature film credits include “The Limey,” “Creature Feature,” “At Satchem Farm,” “Black Cat Run,” and “Liar’s Poker.”
Her birthday is March 17.
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @ameliamheinle
Bryton James portrays billionaire, Devon Hamilton on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. He joined the cast in April 2004.
In 2007, James won a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. He was nominated for the same award in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2013. He was also nominated for NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and he won the award in 2009.
In 2020, Bryton was awarded a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series after nominations in 2016 and 2019.
James began his acting career at an early age, landing his first commercial when he was two years old. He was soon cast as Richie on the hit series “Family Matters,” where he appeared in more than 200 episodes during the show’s nine-year run. He also appeared in the recurring role of “Luka” on the “The Vampire Diaries.”
In addition to acting, James has enjoyed success as a recording artist. He debuted his first single, “Ooh, the Way I Feel About You,” on the German TV series “Stars 2000,” and has performed live on the international networks Viva, ZDF 5, and Giga TV, as well as on the Disney Channel and major broadcast networks in the U.S. His single is available on a compilation CD, titled “20 Top Hits: Winter Extra 2000.” In 2001, James performed the song, “What More Can I Give” with the legendary Michael Jackson at an event for “United We Stand” which raised money for victims of 9/11.
James’s voice-over career currently features him as “Mark Surge” in Lego’s Hero Factory and previously as the lead character “Z-Strap” in the animated cartoon series “Zevo-3.” He has also done voice-over work as Freddie on the animated series “Kids from Room 402,” and Mowgli on “The Jungle Book” CD-Rom. Other recent voiceover credits include “Young Justice”, “Star Wars Rebels”, “DC Super Friends” and the upcoming Nickelodeon series, “Glitch Techs”.
An active spokesperson for many charitable organizations, James founded his own charity in 1996 called “RADD (Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving) Kids,” which has since been awarded by the United States government for outstanding youth safety work.
As a current member and spokesperson for NOYS, he has received several honors, including the Michael Landon Award for charitable contributions through youth in entertainment.
His birthday is August 17.
Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @BrytonEJames
Christel Khalil joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in July, 2002 as Lily Winters, the daughter of Drucilla and Neil Winters. She left “Y&R” in September, 2005, returning to the series in November, 2006.
Christel took a break from Y&R in the Spring of 2018, making occasional appearances before returning full time in January 2020.
Khalil’s feature film credits include a starring role in the upcoming feature film, “We Need to Talk” “White Like the Moon,” “Interview with the Assassin,” “Milo the Kid,” “Matilda,” and “Dragonfury.” She provided the voice of Cornelia Hale in the animated television series “W.I.T.C.H.” Khalil has guest-starred on “NCIS,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “That’s So Raven.”
Khalil won her first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2012. She was also nominated in 2004, 2006, and 2010. In 2020, she received her first Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category.
In 2008, Khalil received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama, an award for which she was also nominated in the same category in 2005, 2006, 200, 2009 and 2014. In 2003 and 2004, Khalil was nominated for a Young Artists Award, which recognizes Hollywood’s teen and child stars, for “Best Performance in a TV Series.”
Khalil lives in Los Angeles, California with her son, Caden. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, singing and horseback riding.
Her birthday is November 30. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @ChristelAdnana
Christian Jules LeBlanc joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Michael Baldwin in October, 1991, departing in 1993. He returned to the series in April, 1997. A slick attorney, Michael has found happiness in his marriage to Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman), despite the antics of his troubled brother, Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and his unpredictable mother, Gloria (Judith Chapman).
In 2005, 2007, and 2009 LeBlanc won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and was nominated again in 2008. He was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2004.
LeBlanc graduated with honors from Tulane University, where he majored in Roman history and pre-med. He opted to pursue an acting career after he was offered a role in the PBS television series Edit Point. He has appeared on the television programs Cheers, Gabriel’s Fire and Perry Mason . In addition, he was a regular on the series In the Heat of the Night and played Kirk McColl on As The World Turns.
On stage, LeBlanc has appeared in No Orchids For Miss Blandish , and Ladies in Retirement, in which he co-starred with the legendary actresses Julie Harris and Eileen Brennan. He produced and starred in his first short film, Puppy Love , which was honored as the Outstanding Short Film at the Los Angeles International Short Film Awards in April, 2001.
Born in Fayettville, N.C., LeBlanc grew up in New Orleans as the second oldest of eight children, whose father, retired Major Andre Victor LeBlanc, is a decorated veteran.
LeBlanc lives in Los Angeles. His hobbies include genealogy, water skiing, swimming, racquetball and body surfing. He is an award-winning artist who is writing and illustrating his first children’s book. He has also worked as a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles school district. A world traveler, LeBlanc’s journeys have taken him to Australia and the Middle East.
Joshua Morrow joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLES in 1994 in the role of Nicholas Newman, son of Victor and Nikki Newman (Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott).
In 1996, Morrow won a Soap Opera Digest Award as “Outstanding Younger Lead Actor.” He was nominated for five consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000) in the category of “Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.”
Born in Juneau, Alaska, where his father, Kem, was stationed in the Coast Guard, Morrow moved to Oklahoma with his father and sister, Jamie, after his parents’ divorce in 1977. They later relocated to Alamogordo, N.M. when Morrow was in junior high. Morrow moved to Southern California in his senior year to live with his mom and their family. An all-around athlete, Morrow played on his junior and senior high school football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track and tennis teams.
Morrow also starred in the telefilm “My Stepson, My Lover” opposite Rachel Ward. He is routinely named the favorite male star in daytime by the top two soap opera magazines.
Morrow lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tobe, their sons Cooper, Crew, Cash and daughter, Charlie Jo. He enjoys snowboarding, playing sports, and collecting sports memorabilia. Morrow is a star player on several celebrity basketball and softball teams that raise money for charity, but his favorite charity event would be the three times he competed in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celeb Race.
His birthday is February 8.
Sharon Case joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in September 1994 as Sharon Collins, a character who endured many difficulties as a young woman. Her character has transitioned to one of Y&R’s leading ladies who is a favorite among the fans.
Case received Daytime Emmy Award nominations in 1996 and 1997 as Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. In 1998, she was the recipient of a Soap Opera Award for Hottest Female in a Daytime Drama.
In 1999, she won a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She was nominated for the same award in 2000 and 2004.
Prior to joining the series, Case portrayed Debbie on the CBS drama “As the World Turns,” Dawn on “General Hospital” and Anne on “Valley of the Dolls.” She also starred in the HBO Production “Silicone Wars” with David Schwimmer. Her additional television credits include guest-starring roles in “Cheers,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”
Case starred in the feature film, “Diplomatic Immunities,” and starred in the short films “Repressions” and “Wentworth.”
Case was born in Detroit, Mich., and shortly thereafter, moved to Chatsworth, Calif. During her free time, she enjoys shopping, cooking, reading and traveling.
Her birthday is February 9.
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @sharonlcase
Tracey E. Bregman
Emmy-Award winning actress Tracey Bregman joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in January 1983 as Lauren Fenmore. From September 1995-1999, Tracey starred as Lauren Fenmore on “The Bold and the Beautiful” before returning to “Y&R” in September of 2001.
In 1985, Tracey received her first Emmy award for her work on “Y&R,” as Outstanding Younger Actress In A Daytime Drama Series,” and was nominated again for the award in 1987. In both 2006 and 2008 Tracey was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for her role on “The Young and the Restless.”. In 2016, she received her first nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actress category.
Born in Munich, Germany, Tracey was raised in London, England until the age of ten. Her family settled in Southern California when she was eleven, and Tracey began studying acting with Francis Lederer A.N.T.A. and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre while continuing her regular college preparatory education at the Harvard-Westlake School. Tracey has studied over the last years with Ivana Chubbuck, the late Gene Bua and Toni Bull Bua.
Tracey’s first break came when she landed a three-day role on the daytime drama series “Days of Our Lives.” It turned in a two and a half year stint with Tracey starring as one of the lead characters. Throughout her career, Tracey received numerous awards including two for “Best Actress In Daytime TV” (Youth In Film Awards), “Most Popular Newcomer” (Daytime TV Magazine), “Most Exciting New Actress In Daytime TV “ and “Favorite New Actress, (Canadian People Poll), “Best Actress (Soap Opera Digest)
Her birthday is May 29.
Follow her on Twitter: @Traceybregman and Instagram @traceybregman1
Mishael Morgan returned to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in September 2019 as Amanda Sinclair, a powerful and mysterious lawyer. She previously played the role of fan favorite Hilary Curtis from May 2013-July 2018.
For her work as Hilary Curtis, she received two consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Morgan was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and is the middle child of three girls. At the age of five, her family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. She was studying Political Science at York University when a near death experience had her rethink her decision to go to law school. When she decided to pursue acting, Morgan impressed producers at her very first audition, landing her a role in Trey Songz “Wonder Woman” music video. Soon after, Morgan scored her first series regular role as Tracy Dupont-Roymont in YTV’s “Family Biz”(2009).
Morgan continues to make a name for herself on both the small and big screens, landing roles on hit television shows like, “The Best Years” (2009), “Republic of Doyle” (2012), and CW’s “Beauty & The Beast” (2012), and “Supernatural”(2013). She has also appeared in feature films like “Beat the World” (2011), “Casino Jack” (2010), “Total Recall” (2012), and “Swearnet” (2013). She recently filmed starring roles in the television movies “Hometown Holiday” and “A Widow’s Nightmare”.
In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, baking, working out, sharing laughs with friends and family, and eating. She and her husband are the proud parents of son, Niam and their daughter, Naliyah.
Her birthday is July 15. Follow her on Instagram @mishaelmorgan and on Twitter: @MishaelMorgan1