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Michelle Stafford plays the role of the brash and unpredictable Phyllis Newman on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Marriage and a young child, Summer (Samantha Bailey), with Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) haven't tamed the fiery redhead, but her impulsive actions may tear her family apart.
Stafford's talents earned her a Daytime Emmy Award for "Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" in 1997 after two consecutive nominations. In 2003, after a three-year hiatus from the show, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy as "Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series," and won the coveted award in 2004. Stafford was also nominated as Best Lead Actress in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. In addition, she is proud of her three consecutive Soap Opera Digest Awards, which were decided by daytime television viewers.
Stafford's film credits include the blockbuster film "Double Jeopardy" with Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones. She also appeared in "Vampires Anonymous," which has won many independent feature festival awards.
Her numerous television credits include the Aaron Spelling series "Pacific Palisades," where she portrayed the tortured Joanna Hadley. Stafford has also guest starred on many television series, including "Judging Amy," "Frasier," "JAG," "Diagnosis Murder," "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" and "Strong Medicine." She had a recurring role on Pamela Anderson's "VIP" and appeared in an episode of "Charmed." Stafford starred in the television movie, "Like Mother, Like Daughter."
Stafford appeared in several theater productions. Her roles include a Los Angeles production of "The Heartbeats in Waltz Time," which was by directed Tony Award winner Charles Durning, and "Savage in Limbo," also directed by Durning, for which The Los Angeles Times touted her as "the sensational Michelle Stafford." An ardent sports fan, she also served as the "Best Damn Stanley Cup" correspondent on Fox Sports' "Best Damn Sports Show Period."
Stafford has a daughter, Natalia. When she is not working, she enjoys playing and watching sports. She also enjoys traveling, learning new languages and is fluent in Italian.