Young and The Restless veteran actress Michelle Stafford officially made her return to daytime last week with a surprise reveal on ABC’s General Hospital.
Rumors have been swirling over the past few months stating that Stafford would be joining the ABC soap after her departure from Young and The Restless. Stafford’s addition to the daytime series was confirmed last Thursday, when the actress appeared as the character Nina Clay.
Nina is the presumed-dead wife of Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton) and the character also has connections to the well-established characters of Madeline Reeves (Nina’s mother), Dr. Obrecht (her aunt), Dr. Britt Westmore (her cousin) and newcomer Detective Nathan West (her brother that just found out he is actually her cousin).
Stafford, who has won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards, previously portrayed the character of Phyllis on Young and The Restless. Since her exit from Young and The Restless, Stafford has starred in The Stafford Project, a comedic Web series loosely based on her life.
General Hospital headwaiter Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini kept Stafford’s casting a secret in hopes of surprising General Hospital fans. By the swarms of Facebook comments and tweets on Twitter, it looks like they were successful in catching fans off guard.
Are you happy to see Stafford back on daytime television?