Liam Spencer (The Bold and the Beautiful)
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|The Bold and the Beautiful character|
|Portrayed by||Scott Clifton|
|First appearance||July 19, 2010|
|Introduced by||Bradley Bell|
|Book appearances||"Forbidden Affair" (2013) |
Second Chances (2014)
|Other names||Liam Cooper |
William Spencer III
Liam Spencer 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, Liam relocates to Los Angeles to find his biological father. His only clue is that his father worked at the prestigious fashion house Forrester Creations. Liam finds employment as a computer technician at Spencer Publications and befriends Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). Liam later reveals that he could be Ridge Forrester's (Ronn Moss) son. Hope Logan (Kim Matula) takes pity on Liam and they become friends. Both Bill Spencer, Jr. (Don Diamont) and Thorne Forrester (Winsor Harmon) are revealed to have dated Kelly and could be Liam's father. While they wait for DNA results, Liam and Thorne form a bond. Liam learns Bill is his father and with Hope and Katie Logan's (Heather Tom) encouragement, they start to bond. Hope and Liam begin dating. Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz) convinces Liam that they had sex and she is carrying his child. It soon emerges that Amber's mother, Tawny (Andrea Evans), faked the paternity test results.
Liam saves Steffy from drowning and they share a kiss. However, Liam does not reciprocate Steffy's feelings fully and he proposes to Hope. Hope asks Liam to wait before they are married to consummate their relationship because of her clothing line. During this time Liam and Steffy become friends and Liam develops feelings for her. Hope catches them kissing and ends the engagement. Liam and Steffy marry, but their marriage is opposed by Katie and Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang). While on vacation in Cabo, Liam finds that Hope is there with Thomas Forrester (Adam Gregory). He realizes that Steffy knew they were there and did not tell him. Liam goes after Hope, who is riding an ATV with Thomas. After catching up to them, Liam kisses Hope. They then find Steffy unconscious, having crashed her own ATV. Liam initially decides to stand by Steffy when he learns she has a blood clot in her brain, but he reunites with Hope after learning Bill switched Steffy's MRI results. Liam ends his marriage to Steffy, but she refuses to sign the annulment papers.
While Liam, Hope and Steffy are skiing in Aspen, Hope, who is under the influence of anti-anxiety medication, collides with Steffy. She apologises and continues down the mountain even though Steffy is injured. Liam finds Steffy and goes with her to the hospital. Liam confronts Hope about the collision. He becomes concerned about Hope, but she tells Liam to go back to Steffy at the hospital. Steffy gives Liam the signed annulment papers, but Liam rips them up and they kiss. Bill urges Liam to break up with Hope. Brooke learns Liam ripped up the papers, but he asks her to keep it to herself. Liam and Hope go to Italy to marry, but 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 tells Liam her father, Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan), made her late and they finally marry. They later learn that their marriage is not valid in the United States.
When Hope discovers Liam kissed Steffy on their wedding day, she refuses to have their marriage validated and insists on a second wedding. She ends their relationship when Liam arrives to the ceremony drunk on the back of Steffy's motorcycle. Liam and Steffy get back together, and she becomes pregnant. Steffy suffers a miscarriage after an accident while riding her motorcycle and moves to Paris. Liam resumes his romance with Hope. 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 discovers Wyatt was behind a diamond heist at HFTF, and exposes him, but Wyatt is given another chance since the heist gave Forrester more publicity.
Liam tells Hope 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. Quinn tries to harm Liam and Wyatt helps save him. Their relationship improves, and 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 take the diamond on a promotion tour, starting in Paris. Hope invites Liam to meet her there and marry her. Ivy and Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) convince Liam to meet Hope. When Ivy falls into the Seine, Liam jumps in to save her and misses his meeting with Hope. Bill tells Liam that Hope married Wyatt. Liam tells Hope the truth about being in Paris, but she does not leave Wyatt. Ivy and Liam kiss, but he still has feelings for Hope.
When Liam learns Quinn followed him and Ivy to Paris, and pushed Ivy in the Seine, he tells Hope and asks her to leave Wyatt. She refuses as she is pregnant. Liam and Ivy's relationship progresses. Hope suffers a miscarriage and leaves for Italy, after saying goodbye to Liam.
Liam eventually breaks up with Ivy and pursues Steffy after Steffy comes back to LA. He realizes he still has feelings for Steffy and tries to win her back and eventually does. However, after a series of events with Ivy and Steffy where Ivy was electrocuted by a broken electric panel while arguing with Steffy and Ivy falling down stairs while arguing with Steffy, Liam gets fed up with Steffy and leaves her. Liam eventually goes to see Steffy to talk one night and finds her asleep in bed with Wyatt. In the following days, Liam is mad at Steffy and is done with her, although she doesn't understand why and Liam never tells her that he saw her in bed with Wyatt. Liam resigns from Forrester Creations and as he is about to leave, he is confronted by Quinn and passes out due to concussion symptoms he sustained on the plane ride with Ivy he took when the plane hit turbulence and he hit his head, knocking him out. Quinn takes Liam to a cabin to take care of him only for Liam to wake up with no memory. Over time Liam and Quinn end up loving each other while Liam is under the impression Quinn is his wife named "Eve" and his name is "Adam." Eventually, Liam's memory is triggered by Wyatt, whom is now married to Steffy, after he gets suspicious of his mother's new found happiness and goes to the cabin only to find Liam has been there the whole time missing. Liam tries to regain his relationship with Steffy after getting his memory back, but she stays married to Wyatt. Eventually her marriage to Wyatt breaks down because of Quinn marrying Eric and she rekindles her love and relationship with Liam in result. Liam proposes to Steffy and she accepts, and after her divorce from Wyatt was finalized, Steffy and Liam get married in Sydney, Australia.
Liam and Steffy's marriage is annulled when Liam discovers that Steffy slept with Bill when he finds a paternity document test in her purse. Liam pursues and agrees to marry Hope again when he believes Steffy and Bill are having an affair and that it was not a one time mistake. The wedding, however, never happens as Wyatt reveals to Liam at the last second the affair was a ruse set up by Bill and that Steffy was only unfaithful that one time. After kicking Bill out of her home, Steffy falls and goes into labor. Steffy soon gives birth to Liam's daughter, Kelly named after his deceased mother. Liam after this, returns to Steffy. However, Hope finds out she’s pregnant and Liam goes to her as he is not in love with Steffy anymore. Getting a quick divorce and agreeing to co-raise their daughter, Liam then marries Hope and starts a new life with her. However it does not last long when Hope goes to Catalina for her and Liam to spend time with each other, and goes into labor. Liam, Brooke, Ridge and Bill, rushes to Hope . When Liam arrives Dr Buckingham tells him that his daughter Beth is stillborn and tells Hope that she is gone.Then doctor Reese Buckingham gave them their deceased baby. However what Liam and Hope do not know is that Dr Buckingham has their daughter Beth, and gave them another woman's baby who was stillborn. Liam tells his family about Beth being gone, holds a funeral service for her. When Steffy adopts a baby for Kelly she names her Phoebe after her late sister. Liam and Hope instantly feels a connection with Phoebe. Later Liam and Hope meets Phoebe birth mother, Flo at Wyatt's house.
When Thomas Forrester returns to L.A, he reveals to the Spencer and Forester family that Caroline passed away. After Caroline's funeral Liam and Hopes's marriage starts to crumble. Thomas starts to have an obsession with Hope, which leads to manipulating her into leaving Liam by using Caroline's death and Douglas. Also at one point he druged Liam's drink so that he and Steffy can have sex. However after sleeping with Steffy he tells her he still loves Hope. Hope tells Liam to be with Steffy and be a family with Phoebe and Kelly. However Liam moves in with Steffy and take care of the girls. When Liam overhears Flo and Thomas arguing at Hope and Thomas's wedding, he asks Wyatt to talk to Flo about Phoebe. Wyatt later tells him that Flo said that she never had a child, but cleared it up with him that she wanted to move on with her life and that is with the adoption.
Liam's world is turned upside down when Douglas visits him and Steffy, and tells him and Hope that Beth is alive, she is Phoebe. Hope believe he is just confused, but Liam would not let it go. After Hope leaves for her and Thomas's honeymoon, Liam asks Douglas what made him say that his daughter is alive. Douglas revealed that Thomas told him, but that he wanted to keep it a secret. Douglas goes on to say that he wanted to tell the truth to him and Hope because Caroline told him before she passed to always tell the truth and that lying hurts people. Liam then digs deeper, and calls the hospital in Vegas where Flo was supposed to have Phoebe at, her supposed doctor says that Flo was not at the hospital and that there was no records of her being there and giving birth there. Liam then pieces it together and realize that Phoebe is Beth and runs to his daughter's room and holds her while crying. Over at Wyatt's house Liam confronts Flo about lying about being Phoebe's birth mother and tells her that he has proof by calling the hospital. Liam demands her to tell him and Wyatt the truth about Beth. Flo tearfully confesses that she is not the birth mother but Hope is. Flo goes on to reveal that Dr Buckingham owed some people a lot of money from a gambling debt, and that he needed the money fast or they would kill his daughter Zoe. Flo goes on to say that Reese took Hopes baby and switched it with another woman at the clinic who baby was stillborn on Catalina and that he sold Beth to Steffy, when Taylor gave him a lot of money for Steffy to adopt a sister for Kelly. Also Reese asks Flo to pretend to be the birth mother, to give Phoebe(Beth) a home. Liam ask why didn't she tell him the truth, and that is when Flo revealed that she reconnected with Wyatt and that she found out about her extended family, and that her life was being threaten. Not only Flo and Reese knew but Zoe (Buckingham's daughter), Xander, her mother Shauna, Emma, and Thomas knew about Beth being alive. Also Flo revealed that Emma was on her way to tell Hope but Thomas stopped her and chased her to her death, and that Thomas was threatening her. Liam then rushes to Hope at Forester to tell her the truth about their daughter Beth, which leads to Thomas and Liam physically fighting each other. Hope then realize that her daughter is alive and that she is Phoebe. Liam and Hope finally gets to hold their own daughter Beth. Afterwards Liam fills her in on Dr Buckingam and Flo's deceit, and tells her who all knows about Beth being alive. However he warns Hope that Thomas knew about their daughter being alive around the time they got an annulment, and didn't say anything knowing Hope would go back to Liam. Also that Thomas chased Emma when she was driving to tell Hope the truth about Beth being alive. Hope apologies to Liam about leaving him and that she thought she was doing the right thing to cope with her grief. Liam is happy to get Hope back and their family.
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 and 42nd Daytime Emmy Awards in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In 2017, Clifton earned a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 44th Daytime Emmy Awards.
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!" Helen Vnuk of TV Week included Liam in her feature on soap heroes, and she stated, "Ok, so Liam didn't save Ivy from an inferno or psycho killer. But, he did generously agree to marry her when she said she faced being deported to Australia. Any American who helps out an Aussie in trouble is a hero to us!"
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