Liam Spencer (The Bold and the Beautiful)
|The Bold and the Beautiful character|
|Portrayed by||Scott Clifton|
|First appearance||July 19, 2010|
|Introduced by||Bradley Bell|
|Home||Spencer Malibu Beach House
Los Angeles, California
William "Liam" Spencer III (né Cooper) is a fictional character from the CBS Daytime soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, played by Scott Clifton. He made his first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on July 19, 2010.
Creation and casting
On May 21, 2010, Dan J Kroll from Soapcentral.com reported that actor Scott Clifton had joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful in the newly created role of Liam Cooper. Clifton was cast two months after leaving rival soap opera One Life to Live. The actor was initially unaware of who the character was when he auditioned for the role. On his first day on set, Clifton was told that his character would be called Liam. He then met with the executive producer Bradley Bell, who told him about Liam's backstory and that he would be Bill Spencer, Jr.'s (Don Diamont) long-lost son, which is why they decided to name him Liam, short for William. Clifton kept the information to himself, until it was revealed in the scripts. He filmed his first scenes on May 25, and made his screen debut as Liam on July 19, 2010.
Scott Clifton's job on The Bold and the Beautiful included withholding the secret of his character's paternity. Liam Cooper's introduction to viewers began with his quest to discover the true identity of his biological father, which potentially included several lead characters. Asked by the director if he wished to know the secret, or learn the truth when Liam does, Clifton agreed to hear the truth immediately. He withheld his knowledge from cast-mates and backstage crew for several months as the storyline played out.
At times, Clifton regretted that his character would not be the son of certain fathers. "Winsor [Harmon] played those scenes so subtly and sweetly, that even though I knew what was going to happen, I was watching Winsor thinking 'God, I wish I were his son.'" Yet, Clifton has praised the storyline and defended the choice of who ultimately became Liam's father, Bill Spencer, Jr., portrayed by Don Diamont. The fictional father/son duo have consistently clashed, which has led to greater storytelling potential.
An early plot hole was revealed to Clifton by fans of the show. Early on, Liam learns of the Forrester family after arriving in Los Angeles. But later it was revealed that he believed one of the Forresters could be his father even before he moved.
Of the character's unrevealed history, Clifton knows little. His interpretation of the character is that he is from the Midwest. He also believes that, while Liam's mother is dead, he has a living stepfather, who has yet to be introduced.
After the death of his mother, Kelly Hopkins, Liam relocates to Los Angeles to find his biological father, whom he has never met; his only clue being that his father once worked at the prestigious fashion house, Forrester Creations. Liam finds employment as a computer technician at Spencer Publications. While assisting Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) with some computer problems, he accidentally records a phone conversation between her and her father, Ridge (Ronn Moss), in which it is revealed that Ridge's wife, Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang), had sex with her daughter Hope's (Kim Matula) boyfriend. When Justin Barber (Aaron D. Spears) gets hold of the recording, he plays it for the whole world to hear. As Liam is scolded by the Forresters, they are shocked when Liam reveals he could be Ridge's son. Hope takes pity on Liam and they form a bond much to the dismay of her boyfriend, Oliver Jones (Zack Conroy). Bill Spencer, Jr. (Don Diamont) fires Liam from Spencer Publications when the Forresters decide to sue him.
Bill finds a picture of Liam's mother and realises she is his former college girlfriend. Bill's wife, Katie (Heather Tom), shows Liam evidence that Bill could be his father, It also emerges that Thorne Forrester (Winsor Harmon) could be Liam's father because he too dated Kelly. While they wait for DNA results, Liam and Thorne form a bond. Liam learns Bill is his father and with Hope and Katie's encouragement, Liam and Bill bond. Hope breaks up with Oliver and begins dating Liam. Liam and Hope's relationship soon faces challenges when Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz) leads Liam to believe that they had sex and she is carrying his child. Liam and Hope drift apart, but despite Amber's many advances, Liam remains committed to Hope. It is later revealed that Liam is not the father of Amber's child and that her mother, Tawny (Andrea Evans), had bribed a lab technician to fake the paternity test results. Liam and Hope resume their relationship. Liam saves Steffy from drowning in her bath tub and they share a kiss. However, Liam does not reciprocate Steffy's feelings and he proposes to Hope.
Ridge lets Liam know that Steffy has developed feelings for him. When Liam and Hope decide to consummate their relationship, Hope suddenly changes her mind and decides to wait until they are actually married. Liam develops feelings for Steffy when he confides in her about his relationship troubles. Hope catches them kissing and breaks off the engagement. Liam proposes to Steffy, who accepts. When Liam has doubts about the proposal, his father encourages him to go on vacation with Steffy to Aspen. Liam and Steffy marry, but their marriage is opposed by Katie and Brooke, who believe that Steffy might not have married Liam for love. Steffy tells Liam that Hope was in Aspen, but she did not tell him sooner as she loves him and wanted to protect their marriage. Liam forgives Steffy. While on vacation in Cabo, Liam finds that Hope is with Thomas Forrester (Adam Gregory) at the same resort. Liam is angry when he realizes that Steffy knew Hope and Thomas were there and did not tell him.
Liam goes after Hope, who is riding an ATV with Thomas. Liam chases them on the beach and after catching up to them, he kisses Hope. Thomas reminds Liam that he is married, but Liam takes off with Hope. On the way back, they find Steffy unconscious, having been injured when she crashed her own ATV, while she was trying to get to Liam. Liam tells Hope they cannot be together when he learns that Steffy has a blood clot in her brain. Hope and Liam reunite after he finds out that Steffy's MRI results were switched by Bill. Liam tells Steffy that their marriage is over and warns his father to back off. Steffy does not sign the annulment papers, forcing Hope and Liam to wait six months before they are able to marry. Steffy tells Liam that she is going to Aspen to get away from all he drama and Liam admits that he cannot image his life without her. While Liam, Hope and Steffy are skiing in Aspen, Hope collides with Steffy. She apologizes and continues down the mountain even though Steffy is injured. Liam finds Steffy and calls the paramedics, as Steffy's knee is severely injured.
Liam goes with Steffy to the hospital and after leaning she going to be okay, Liam confronts Hope about the collision. He becomes concerned about Hope and questions her medication use after learning that she is taking anti-anxiety medication. Hope apologizes and tells Liam to go back to Steffy at the hospital. She then goes back to Los Angeles. Steffy gives Liam the signed annulment papers, but Liam rips them up and they kiss. Liam talks with Bill, who urges Liam to break up with Hope. Steffy warns Liam that Brooke overheard a conversation about the annulment papers. Brooke confronts Liam and he admits to ripping up the papers, but ask her to keep it to herself, as he knows that Hope is fragile. When Brooke asks him if he is committed to Hope, he hesitates, but ultimately says yes. Liam and Hope go to Italy to marry. Hope is late to the ceremony, causing Liam to think that she has walked out on him. Liam asks Steffy to marry him again, but Hope finds Liam and tells him that her father, Deacon (Sean Kanan), made her late.
Liam and Hope finally marry. However, they soon learn that their marriage is not valid in the United States. When Hope sees a video of Liam kissing Steffy on their wedding day, she refuses to have their marriage validated and insists on a second wedding. On the day, Liam arrives drunk on the back of Steffy's motorcycle, with dyed hair and a tattoo. Fed up with Liam's reliance on Steffy, Hope calls off the wedding and ends their relationship. Liam and Steffy get back together, but when Steffy leaves for Paris to see her father, Brooke sets up a commitment ceremony for Liam and Hope. When Steffy finds out, she rushes to Liam and tells him that she is pregnant. Liam chooses Steffy over Hope. Steffy has an accident while riding her motorcycle and has a miscarriage. She then learns she cannot ever have children and decides to leaves permanently for Paris, after encouraging Hope and Liam to marry. Liam resumes his romance with Hope, but continues to keep in touch with Steffy, which makes Hope insecure.
Liam's half-brother, Wyatt Fuller (Darin Brooks), begins working for Hope for the Future and competes with Liam for Hope. Wyatt's mother, Quinn (Rena Sofer), starts interfering and Steffy returns to win Liam back. When Hope sees Liam and Steffy together, she goes to Hawaii with Wyatt, unaware that Liam chose her. Liam tells Hope the truth, but she stays with Wyatt. Liam soon learns that Wyatt was behind the diamond heist at HFTF, and exposes him, causing friction between Wyatt and Hope. The truth eventually comes out to everyone at Forrester, but Wyatt is given another chance, since the heist gave Forrester more publicity. Liam kisses Hope, making her realize she never stopped loving him. He tells her to date both him and Wyatt, and then choose between them. When Hope learns that Quinn was partially responsible for Ridge's disappearance, she breaks up with Wyatt and accepts Liam's proposal. Deacon learns Quinn is planning to harm Liam and tells Wyatt. Wyatt helps to save Liam and they become closer. Liam and Hope give Wyatt his job back.
Liam befriends the newly-arrived Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer). Wyatt is left the HFTF diamond by Ricardo Montemayor and he gifts it to Hope. Liam asks Hope to return the diamond, but when Wyatt sets up a press conference and publicly gifts the diamond to Hope, she accepts it. Wyatt and Rick decide to take the diamond on a promotion tour, starting with a photo shoot involving Hope in Paris. Hope invites Liam to come meet her there and marry her, but Liam is not sure. Ivy and Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) convince Liam to meet Hope in Paris, and Liam brings Ivy with him. When Ivy falls into the Seine, Liam jumps in to save her and misses his meeting with Hope. Liam later learns from his father that Hope married Wyatt in Monte Carlo. Bill forces Liam to attend a party for Hope and Wyatt, when they return. Aly and Ivy encourage Liam to take to Hope, and they distract Wyatt for him. Liam tells Hope the truth about being in Paris, but she does not leave Wyatt. Ivy later asks Liam out to a nightclub and they kiss. Liam tells Aly that he likes Ivy, but he will not rush into anything. Liam kisses Ivy again, but he still has feelings for Hope. When Liam learns Quinn followed him and Ivy to Paris, and pushed Ivy in the Seine, he immediately tells Hope. He asks her to leave Wyatt, and while she admits that she loves Liam, she refuses to leave Wyatt as she is pregnant.
For his portrayal of Liam, Clifton won the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series accolade at the 38th Daytime Emmy Awards in 2011. At the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards in 2013, Clifton won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, along with actor Billy Miller from The Young and the Restless. Clifton was nominated in the same category at the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards the following year.
During a feature on what storylines were working and not working for the show, a Soap World reporter quipped, "apologies to Team Liam fans, but he's such a wimp who wants to possess Hope despite his endlessly grating protestations of love for her. Quinn's right, he's a boy, not a man!"
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