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Michelle Stafford
Michelle Stafford NC
Born September 14, 1965
Chicago, Illinois. U.S.
Age 53
Children Natalia Scout Lee Stafford (b.2009)
Jameson Jones Lee Stafford (b.2015)
General Hospital
Character Nina Reeves
Duration 2014-2019

Michelle Stafford (born September 14, 1965) is an American actress, writer and producer, best known for her role as Phyllis Summers in the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, for which she has won two Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2013, Stafford created her own web comedy series, The Stafford Project. She currently portrays Nina Reeves on the ABC Daytime Soap Opera, General Hospital.


In 1990 Stafford was cast in Fox soap opera Tribes. The show was canceled after 3-month airing on Fox. She later appeared in two plays directed by Charles Durning in Los Angeles stage, and co-starred in several small films.

In October 1994, Stafford began what was supposed to be a short term role of Phyllis Summers on the American CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless; however, her work impressed the producers and she was placed on contract. In 1997, Stafford left the series to pursue other career opportunities, and she was replaced by Sandra Nelson. In 1997 she was cast in Aaron Spelling primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades as lead character, but show was canceled after 13 episodes. She later guest-starred in Two Guys and a Girl, Diagnosis: Murder, and JAG. In film, Stafford appeared in 1999 thriller Double Jeopardy opposite Ashley Judd.

In July 2000, Stafford was brought back to the soap opera by former head writer Kay Alden. From December 2006 to February 2007, Stafford played dual roles on Y&R, portraying Sheila Carter, formerly played by Kimberlin Brown (Sheila had plastic surgery to look like Phyllis). In May 2013, it was announced that Stafford would be exiting the soap opera after sixteen years in the role. Stafford later confirmed that her final scenes would air sometime that August. Stafford exited the series on August 2, 2013.

In 2004, Stafford was a hockey correspondent for The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Stafford starred in Lifetime movie Like Mother, Like Daughter in 2007. In 2007, Stafford appeared on Tyra Banks' talk show to help Tyra through "soap opera school." And also stars as Lauren on The Grove: The Series created by Crystal Chappell. She also guest-starred in Frasier, Charmed, and Ringer. She subsequently launched her web series, The Stafford Project, based on her personal life and struggles, with the first episode premiering on her YouTube Channel on August 5, 2013.

Personal life

Stafford was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents moved her and her older sister, Janine, to Montrose, California, where she was raised. After graduating from high school, Stafford chased after her dream of modeling. Stafford welcomed a daughter, Natalia Scout Lee Stafford, via surrogate, on December 21, 2009.[1] On October 24, 2015, Stafford announced on Instagram that she had welcomed a son, Jameson Jones Lee Stafford, via surrogate.[2][3] It is currently unknown when the baby was born.


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