The Young and the Restless characters (2014)

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The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera. It was first broadcast on March 26, 1973 and airs on CBS. The following is a list of characters that first appeared or will appear on the soap opera in 2014, by order of first appearance. All characters are introduced by executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante.[1]

Ian Ward[edit]

Ian Ward
The Young and the Restless character
Portrayed by Ray Wise
Duration 2014–
First appearance January 23, 2014
Created by Shelly Altman
Jean Passanante
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps
Classification Present, recurring
Aliases John Darwin
Occupation Cult leader
Ray Wise plays Ian Ward, a former cult leader previously believed to have fathered Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton).

Ian Ward, portrayed by Ray Wise, made his first appearance on January 23, 2014 as a former cult leader, believe biological father of Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton) and former lover of Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). Wise's casting in the recurring role was announced in December 2013.[2][3][4] The character was slated to "play an integral role in the lives of several Genoa City residents".[2] Michael Fairman of On-Air Soaps wrote that, "Now this is actually good casting if you look at the eyes of Ray Wise and Steve Burton!", and also asked if the character "could become the next Mitch Laurence of daytime".[3] Jillian Bowe of Zap2it wrote that, "Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Dylan (Steve Burton) will soon have another family reunion in Genoa City."[5] Soap Opera Digest described Ian as a "charismatic former cult leader who seduced a teen Nikki, resulting in the son he never knew he had (Dylan)".[6] In an interview with the magazine, Wise stated that the director of How I Met Your Mother, a sitcom where Wise recurs, recommended him for the role to the soap opera's producer, Jill Farren Phelps.[6] Wise also described and explained the character, stating: "I think he's like everybody else; there's good and bad in all of us. Ian certainly has that. In the past, he's been the leader of a group of people. [Now] he has a philosophy and a kind of religion that he follows called The Path. He's in town to find out about a certain individual, but he's probably there to stir it up a little bit and I think he will."[6]

Ian arrives in Genoa City suddenly after being informed by a co-worker that two people were looking for him in Indiana. He surprises Nikki by appearing in her home and she immediately tells him to leave before slapping him twice; he is surprised that Nikki never told him he fathered a child with her. He then introduces himself to Dylan, who isn't pleased that he is in town. Ian later overhears Summer Newman (Hunter King) talking about being confused about her future, and he gives her a business card for The Path, the present day version of his cult. He later convinces her to begin counseling with him, but Nikki and Summer's legal father Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow) are able to stop him from scamming Summer. Dylan later confronts Ian and asks why he shouldn't kill him, where he claims to have a secret. Ian is arrested and his case is taken by Leslie Michaelson (Angell Conwell), generating controversy. Later, Dylan and Nikki's husband Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) work to get Ian out of town, contacting his ex-wife Willah, who later reveals that Ian is unable to father children. Leslie also breaks the client/attorney confidentiality clause by revealing his secret. This leads Nikki to realize that Ian was never Dylan's father and that her lover at the time, Paul Williams (Doug Davidson), is. Ian defends himself by saying that when Nikki said that he was Dylan's father, he decided to come to town and go along with her assumptions. He also threatens to report Leslie for revealing his secret if she doesn't file a lawsuit against Nikki. The lawsuit ends up happening and goes to court, where Nikki is forced to read a diary she kept while in Ian's cult.

Mariah Copeland (Camryn Grimes), who had been shown to have been linked with Ian somehow, was later revealed to be Sharon Newman's (Sharon Case) daughter, Cassie Newman's twin sister who was stolen at birth by Ian. After Mariah had revealed that he had been a father figure to her all her life, Ian later kidnaps her, drugs her and marries her while she is under the influence of the drugs. Ian escapes from being arrested, and Dylan is left looking suspicious in what happened to him. He is later arrested for Ian's murder, but Paul reveals that he knows Dylan is innocent and Ian is alive. He enlists the help of he and Nikki to lure Ian back to Genoa City. Nikki successfully gets Ian to a hotel room, where he is finally arrested, and Dylan is cleared of all charges.

Mariah Copeland[edit]

Mariah Copeland
The Young and the Restless character
Portrayed by Camryn Grimes
Duration 2014–
First appearance January 27, 2014
Created by
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps
Classification Present, regular
Aliases Cassie Newman (2014)
Occupation Bartender
Home Newman Cottage
421 Larkspur Trail, Hwy B
Genoa City, Wisconsin
Camryn Grimes plays Mariah Copeland.

Mariah Copeland, portrayed by Camryn Grimes, was introduced to the series by Jill Farren Phelps and head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante on January 27, 2014.[7] The character is a lookalike of Cassie Newman (also portrayed by Grimes), the daughter of Nick and Sharon Newman (Joshua Morrow and Sharon Case). It was announced on May 5, 2014, that Grimes was put under contract with The Young and the Restless.[8]

On May 24, 2013, it was announced that Grimes had started filming scenes to reprise her role of Cassie Newman on July 8, 2013.[9] In early 2014, the character was revealed to be an entirely different character altogether. On February 14, 2014, Grimes revealed in an interview with TV Guide that it would take a while for the story around the new character to unfold. Grimes said of the her character: "She's a very ballsy character." Grimes said viewers would be surprised by the "nature of her relationship with Victor." According to Grimes, the original plan changes when "Fake Cassie" learns Sharon is keeping a secret that Nick won't forgive her for. Grimes was shocked by the twist, but admitted that she heard rumors of plans to change the storyline. "This new character has so much potential to go all over the place. I'm looking forward to reaction from the audience as it all unfolds," Grimes said of the storyline.[10]

In July 2013, Sharon, who had recently stopped taking her bipolar medication, started seeing her deceased daughter, Cassie. Cassie urges her mother to come clean about the secret she is hiding from Nick. However, once Sharon starts using her medication again, the hallucinations stop. Cassie last appears to Sharon on her birthday, January 8, urging her to tell Nick the truth. In January 2014, "Cassie" appears watching Sharon and Nick through a window. "Cassie" later breaks into Sharon's house, and spells out the word "phantasm" in toy letters. Sharon is shocked when she can touch "Cassie". She even starts following Sharon around town and even shows up at Sharon's job. On Valentine's Day, it is revealed that she is someone who looks like Cassie, who was hired by Cassie's grandfather, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) to keep Sharon away from Nick. In late April, it is revealed that "Cassie" is also working with Ian Ward and that she is really Mariah Copeland, Tyler Michaelson's ex-fiancée. Mariah reveals to Sharon that her mother's name is Helen Copeland.[11] Mariah is then arrested for outstanding warrants for robbery in Portland, leading to Tyler to reveal that he had to help Mariah because she had once kept him out of jail after he was accused of stealing from a wealthy client - by sleeping with the man.[12][13] Sharon attempts to change Mariah's life for the better by putting her up at a hotel, getting her a job and helping her to make amends with Abby and Tyler.[14] Nick offers a bartending job to Mariah at The Underground and she will be working with their son, Noah Newman. [15] It is then revealed that Mariah has an outstanding connection to cult leader Ian Ward (Ray Wise), which Victor notices and alerts Nick. When questioned, Mariah tells Nick and Sharon that Ian has been a father figure to her most of her life, and that her mother had died. While working alongside Nick, Mariah begins to develop feelings towards him and plans to seduce him, despite he being in a committed relationship with Sharon. Nick then overhears Mariah yelling at her mother on the phone, causing confusion as she told Nick and Sharon her mother was dead. Nick becomes suspicious of her again because of her lie, despite Sharon saying it meant nothing. Nick then tracks down Mariah's mother, Helen Copeland (Karina Logue), who doesn't give up much information on their past. However, Nick later overhears Helen meeting Ian in the park, where Helen states Nick and Sharon have no idea who Mariah truly is.

Nick continues to be alarmed by what he has discovered, and brings Sharon's former best friend and his ex-lover Grace Turner (Jennifer Gareis) back to town, as she was the one who found Cassie years earlier as well as being there when she was born. Grace recalls a nurse refusing to let her or Sharon's mother into the delivery room; that nurse being named Helen. Nick travels to Sharon's hometown of Madison, Wisconsin and finds the doctor who delivered Cassie, and soon finds out that Sharon in fact gave birth to twins. Nick makes the realization that Cassie and Mariah are twin sisters; Helen stole Mariah at birth and she was raised in Ian's cult. Meanwhile, Sharon walks in on Mariah preparing to seduce Nick, and angrily throws her out of her house. By the time Nick can return home to inform Sharon that she was so drugged that she didn't even know she had given birth to twins, Ian kidnaps Mariah and brings her to a storage unit outside of town, where he drugs her and puts her in a wedding dress. Ian's confidant Clarence (J. Downing) arrives to marry them, with Mariah powerless to stop him.

Mark Harding[edit]

Mark Harding
The Young and the Restless character
Portrayed by Chris McKenna
Duration 2014–
First appearance February 17, 2014
Created by Shelly Altman
Jean Passanante
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps
Classification Present, recurring

Mark Harding, portrayed by Chris McKenna, made his first appearance on February 17, 2014. McKenna, known for his portrayal of Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live, announced his own casting on social media site Twitter on January 17. According to the actor, the role was expected to last for "a few episodes".[16][17][18] The casting was later officially confirmed by a spokesperson for the series on January 21.[19] McKenna taped his first scenes on January 22.[20] The character is slated to "appear during an exciting event that will bring several Genoa City residents together."[19] Celeb Dirty Laundry speculated that McKenna's character would eventually be revealed as Adam Newman, and the actor would replace fan favorite Michael Muhney, who had recently been fired.[21] International Business Times published a report which claimed that the producers immediately began looking for Muhney's replacement after his firing was announced in December 2013, despite initial claims that the character would be off screen for several months, before a recast was introduced.[22]

Austin Travers[edit]

Austin Travers
The Young and the Restless character
Portrayed by Matthew Atkinson
Duration 2014–
First appearance April 17, 2014
Created by Shelly Altman
Jean Passanante
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps
Classification Present; regular
Aliases 4MJ (Online pseudonym)

Austin Travers, portrayed by Matthew Atkinson, made his first appearance on April 17, 2014. Atkinson's casting in the recurring role was announced in March, slated to be a cameraman working with Avery Bailey Clark (Jessica Collins).[23][24][25] Jamey Giddens of Zap2it wrote that the series was "upping its hunk quotient" by hiring Atkinson.[24] In an interview with On-Air On-Soaps before his onscreen debut, Atkinson revealed that Austin would also be involved in a storyline with Summer Newman (Hunter King).[26]

Austin debuts as a cameraman, working with Avery on her new online cooking show. After the first episodes are posted, an anonymous person begins posting rude and suspicious comments, under the screen name "4MJ". Avery suspects Ian Ward (Ray Wise) is behind it, despite denying it. Austin later meets Summer Newman and is smitten with her, and they begin dating. It is then revealed that Austin is the unknown person posting comments, and he later kidnaps Avery and makes her confess to freeing the man that killed his mother years prior. Avery's boyfriend Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton) rushes to save her, despite warnings from police chief Paul Williams (Doug Davidson). After Dylan arrives and Austin pulls a gun, Dylan tackles him as Paul and the police force arrive. Austin fires the gun and Paul is shot, leaving him in critical condition. Austin escapes and goes on the run, where Summer insists on accompanying him. The police catch up with him, but Austin is able to leave Summer and return to Genoa City to turn himself in. Summer then insists on finding a lawyer to represent him, even asking Avery to do it. Leslie Michaelson (Angell Conwell) takes the case and Summer bails him out. Later, she suggests they get married, which they do, shocking all of Summer's loved ones who are convinced Austin will be convicted. At his hearing, all he is given is a fine to pay, which Summer pays from her trust fund. They resume their marriage as tension surrounding their union begins to lift.

Barton Shelby[edit]

Barton Shelby
The Young and the Restless character
Portrayed by Terrell Tilford
Duration 2014–
First appearance June 13, 2014
Created by Shelly Altman
Jean Passanante
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps
Classification Present, recurring
Occupation Physician
Terrell Tilford portrays Barton, the husband of Leslie Michaelson (Angell Conwell).

Barton Shelby M.D. portrayed by Terrell Tilford, made his first appearance on June 13, 2014. A casting call for the role released in April described him as "an African-American doctor in his late 30s to early 40s, handsome, intelligent, and a highly capable surgeon".[27][28] Tilford's casting in the recurring role was later announced in May, slated to be Leslie Michaelson's (Angell Conwell) new husband whom she met online.[27][29][30] Upon the news of Tilford's casting, Jillian Bowe of Zap2it wrote, "So much for my idea of Nate Jr being Leslie's secret husband on 'The Young and the Restless."[31]

Shortly after breaking off her engagement with Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John), Leslie reveals that she met a doctor named Barton Shelby on an online dating website, and they later decided to get married. After a lengthy period of being unseen, Barton debuts as a surgeon at Genoa City Memorial Hospital.

Joe Clark[edit]

Joe Clark
The Young and the Restless character
Portrayed by Scott Elrod
Duration 2014–
First appearance October 1, 2014
Created by Shelly Altman
Jean Passanante
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps
Classification Present, regular
Occupation Real estate broker
Scott Elrod has been cast as Joe Clark, the ex-husband of Avery Bailey Clark (Jessica Collins).

Joe Clark, portrayed by Scott Elrod, made his first appearance in October 2014, as the ex-husband of Avery Bailey Clark (Jessica Collins). Avery cheated on Joe with Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), which led the to end of their marriage.[32] Elrod, who joined The Young and the Restless as a regular, was previously noted for his roles in the feature Argo (2012) and the television series Men in Trees.[33] A spokesperson for the soap opera stated that "Viewers can expect Joe to have more than a few tricks up his sleeve as he crosses paths with several key ‘Y&R’ characters."[32] TV Guide '​s Michael Logan described the introduction of Joe as a "recipe of disaster" and wrote "Which Genoa City gal will benefit from Joe's handiwork?"[33]


Date(s) Character Actor Information
January 20–22, August 28-September 2, 2014 Clarence J. Downing[34] Clarence appeared as someone who works at an organization called The Path, founded by Ian Ward (Ray Wise), who was going under an alias. He claimed to know nothing of an Ian Ward to his biological son, Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), but later called Ian to warn him. Clarence reappears in August when Ian had kidnapped Mariah Copeland (Camryn Grimes) and officates their wedding.
January 22 & February 6, 2014 Himself David Tutera[35] David Tutera airs as himself, hired by Gloria Bardwell (Judith Chapman) to plan the wedding of Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) and Leslie Michaelson (Angell Conwell).
June 13–16, 2014 Jenna Kieran Stephanie Lemelin[36] Jenna appears as the ex-wife of Stitch Rayburn (Sean Carrigan), who had taken their son Max and moved to Australia. She is contacted by Billy Abbott (David Tom) and Chelsea Lawson (Melissa Claire Egan), who were attempting to discover a secret Stitch was keeping. She caught on to their scam before she could reveal any valuable information.
August 14–15, 2014 Helen Copeland Karina Logue[37] Helen appears as the mother of Mariah Copeland (Camryn Grimes), contacted by Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow). She is reluctant to reveal information about her or Mariah, but Nick later overhears Helen telling Ian Ward (Ray Wise) that Nick has no idea who Mariah truly is.



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