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
Last appearance October 20, 2014
Created by Shelly Altman
Jean Passanante
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps
Classification Former, 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, believed to be the 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 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]

Main article: 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] Mariah first appeared in town as a woman hired by Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) to gaslight Sharon by posing as Cassie's ghost, so that she can find out a secret which Sharon is hiding from Nick.[9] Mariah is the ex-girlfriend of Tyler Michaelson (Redaric Williams). In August 2014, it was discovered that Mariah is actually Sharon's daughter and Cassie's twin sister. Sharon was drugged while giving birth to twins, and Mariah was stolen moments later.[10]

Detective Mark Harding[edit]

Detective 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

Detective 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".[11][12][13] The casting was later officially confirmed by a spokesperson for the series on January 21.[14] McKenna taped his first scenes on January 22.[15] The character is slated to "appear during an exciting event that will bring several Genoa City residents together."[14]

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).[16][17][18] Jamey Giddens of Zap2it wrote that the series was "upping its hunk quotient" by hiring Atkinson.[17] 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).[19]

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 Former, 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".[20][21] 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.[20][22][23] 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."[24]

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.[25] 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.[26] 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."[25] 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?"[26]

Joe Clark arrives in Genoa City from Chicago and was first seen at Crimson Lights, and immediately caught the attention of Mariah Copeland. He also went to the Genoa City Athletic Club (GCAC), where he was noticed by Lauren Fenmore Baldwin. Joe went to his ex-wife Avery's apartment and they talked about the past and their present, he tells her he has no bitterness for her affair with Dylan McAvoy. Joe tells Avery he is in town on business working on a real estate deal for his investors but that he would only be in town for a short time. Joe was later seen at Crimson Lights and he ran into Avery again. Avery was visibly upset, so he tried to comfort her. Avery questioned why he was still in town, and he said his business was taking longer to complete than he initially thought.

It's revealed that Joe is hired by someone to acquire the property that Crimson Lights currently sits on. Joe goes to the GCAC and runs into Cane Ashby and his wife, Lily. It's revealed that Cane and Joe are business associates and worked together on real estate deals together when Cane was working at Chancellor Industries. Lily is impressed by Joe's charm and charisma but also suspicious and feels that Joe is manipulative. Cane recommends Michael Baldwin and Joe retains Michael as his attorney on his real estate deal unaware that Michael is his ex-wife's new business partner. Avery is suspicious when she learns Joe is Michael's new client but Joe assures Avery that it is a coincidence and strictly business. Joe also meets Dylan in person for the first time and is civil assuring Dylan that he has no hard feelings from Dylan's affair with Joe's wife. Dylan is mistrustful of Joe and begins to questions Avery's devotion to their relationship and feels she still has feelings for Joe.

Joe begins to buy up the properties in the warehouse district of Genoa City for his silent employer. This includes Crimson Lights, which is owned by Dylan, and creates a media frenzy, led by Dylan and Avery, from citizens that oppose Joe's project. He says his project is to improve the area but Dylan feels Joe is doing this in revenge for Dylan stealing Avery away from Joe. Things escalate between Dylan and Joe and Dylan hits him.

Joe goes to a meeting with Michael, who is gone, and runs into Avery and they kiss. Avery tells Joe it can't happen again and that she is engaged to Dylan. Joe congratulates her and later congratulates Dylan as well. Later Joe confesses to Avery that he wants her back but she says that she wants to marry Dylan. An increasingly frustrated Dylan asks his father police chief Paul Williams to investigate Joe but Paul finds nothing incriminating. Joe runs into Ashley Abbott, her daughter Abby Newman, and Stitch Rayburn at Jabot and its revealed Joe and Ashley knew each other in New York. Its implied that Joe and Ashley also had a romance. Joe asks Ashley to be his date at the New Years party at GCAC and she accepts. At the GCAC party Dylan and Avery run into Joe and Ashley and Avery is visibly jealous that Joe has another woman in his life.

Joe organizes a presentation at GCAC to the business community to showcase his project and layout his business plan. Kevin Fisher discovers that a holding company, Gerolamo Limited, that owns the warehouse district properties and Kevin informs Avery and Dylan. Dylan confronts Joe at his presentation and reveals that Joe's silent employer is Dylan's stepfather Victor Newman. Dylan and his mother Nikki Newman confront Victor and Dylan again attempts to assault Joe. Later Joe asks Victor if he is going to back out of the deal and Victor replies that he never backs out of a deal.

Constance Bingham[edit]

Constance Bingham
The Young and the Restless character
Portrayed by Sally Kellerman
Duration 2014–15
First appearance November 13, 2014
Last appearance January 2, 2015
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps
Classification Former, recurring
Sally Kellerman played the wheelchair-bound Constance Bingham for a number of episodes in late 2014.

Constance Bingham, portrayed by Sally Kellerman, first appeared on November 13, 2014, for a multiple episode stint. News that the Oscar-nominated actress had been cast on the soap was announced on October 2.[27] A casting call, released in September, described Constance as being "in her 70's, a sweet and old fashion grandmother who is active and alert even though she’s in a wheelchair."[28] Kellerman began taping on October 8.[28] It was revealed that Constance would be interacting with several characters.[29] This marks the first time Kellerman had appeared on a soap opera, with the longtime actress stating, "I’m really excited. I really am, but God help me."[30] Additionally, referring to the fast pace of daytime dramas in comparison to other mediums, Kellerman confessed: "I never thought about doing a daytime soap before, not even for a moment. I am on my knees in adulation for the people who do this (...) I kept thinking to myself, “How could I have possibly signed up for this?”"[31]

The character appeared in a storyline which assisted the return of the character Adam Newman, after being recast with Justin Hartley. Adam has had excessive reconstructive surgery to look like her deceased grandson, Gabriel, and Constance believes that he is Gabriel. In actuality, the real Gabriel had died months prior saving Adam.[32] Sage Warner (Kelly Sullivan), a woman who has been living with Constance for years since the death of her parents, is involved in the scheme to pass Adam off as Gabriel. Speaking of the character, Kellerman said: "She is a good person, and she doesn’t like her enemies. She is part of one family, and there is another family that has bad people in it (...) She loves her grandson and she loves Sage, and Sage loves her, too. Sage is caught in the middle of a lot of stuff; she is the character that is walking a fine line."[31] Constance' health deteriorates and she is dying. Adam, as "Gabriel", goes to say goodbye to her. Constance tells "Gabriel" about her animosity towards Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), Adam's father, and the Newman family. This is due to the fact that Victor orchestrated a hostile takeover of Gabriel's father's company which led to him committing suicide. Constance asks "Gabriel" to avenge the death of his father.[33]


Gwen, portrayed by Nadine Nicole, made her first appearance on December 3, 2014.[34] Gwen is an accountant at Jabot Cosmetics. The initial casting call for Gwen described her "as being either Asian or Latina, and in her 20’s. She’s an introverted accountant during the day, but once the sun goes down she’s a party girl!"[35] Soap Opera Digest revealed that her character is "conservative", but also someone who becomes a "different person" at night.[36] In response to this, Luke Kerr of Daytime Confidential wrote: "Now whatever could that mean? Is she a government spy, a lady of the night, a vampire? There are so many possibilities."[37] Nicole, who previously appeared on shows such as CSI: Las Vegas, 90210 and The Bold and the Beautiful, will portray Gwen on a recurring basis.[38] Gwen first appears as someone Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan) enlists to pretend to be Devon Hamilton's (Bryton James) girlfriend. This is due to the fact that Hilary is having an affair with Devon while married to his blind father, Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John).[34]


Tobias, portrayed by Jeffrey Christopher Todd in a recurring capacity, made his first appearance on December 5, 2014.[39] Tobias is a Jabot Cosmetics employee, working as a lab tech for Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) who is developing a new fragrance. The casting call for Tobias, released in October, described the character as a lab technician in his mid 20s to early 30s who is "quirky" but also has a "cold, calculating energy about him". The role was stated to be a major part, with the series looking for what they described as a "charactery" actor to play the role.[40] In response, On-Air On-Soaps likened this description to the character Damien Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) from General Hospital with "an edge".[41] Todd's casting was announced on November 3,[39] having began filming on October 24.[40] Tobias is a lab tech in Jabot, working for Ashley, but quickly appears to be a spy hired by Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) to divulge details to him about Ashley's developing fragrance. Ashley realizes that Tobias is a spy for Victor, and feeds him misinformation about the scent.


Date(s) Character Actor Information
January 20–22, August 28-September 2, 2014 Clarence J. Downing[42] 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[43] 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[44] 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[45] 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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