Michelle Stafford

Birth Name: Michelle Stafford
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession: Actor


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Michelle Stafford’s family decided to move out west to Montrose, California. After graduating high school, Stafford decided to pursue a career in modeling.

A benign brain tumor threatened to derail her plans, but once it was addressed, Michelle was back on track. After some commercial work, Stafford signed with L.A. Models and traveled to such destinations as France, Japan, and Italy. While living in Italy, her mind began to drift towards acting.

In 1990, Michelle landed the role of Frankie on Tribes. After 30 episodes, the show was canceled. As luck would have it, Stafford scored two plays, The Heartbeats in Waltz Time and Savage in Limbo, with Academy Award-nominee and Tony Award-winning Charles Durning and earned rave reviews for her performances.

Stafford began filling her resume with credits such as Body of Influence, Another Midnight Run, Models Inc., Renegade, before signing on to play Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless in 1994 and Joanna Hadley on Pacific Palisades in 1997.

The role of Phyllis garnered Michelle the most praise and earned her two Emmy statuettes. Originally, Summers was supposed to be in Genoa City for just a month, but the character caused such a buzz with fans the writers kept Stafford busy.

Michelle continued adding to her repertoire with such TV credits as Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Players, Diagnosis Murder, JAG, V.I.P., Frasier, Judging Amy, Clubhouse, Charmed, Ringer, and The Celibate. Films include Double Jeopardy, Attraction, Cottonmouth, Vampire’s Anonymous, Like Mother Like Daughter, Totally Baked, The Grove, Parker, and Earthfall.

In 2013, Stafford wanted to move on from the role of Phyllis and work on other things. General Hospital quickly scooped her up for the role of Nina Clay. Around this time, Michelle began a project near and dear to her heart– a comedy series about her struggles as a single mom looking for love.

In June 2019, Michelle returned to the role she originated, Phyllis Summers, on The Young and the Restless.

Concerned about the chemicals we put inside and on our bodies, Stafford founded a skincare line of natural and organic products called Skin Care Nation. Her goal as CEO is to provide everyone with access to the use of clean, plant-based products.

Michelle resides in Los Angeles with her two children, a son named Jameson and her daughter named Natalia.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @therealstafford.

Fast Facts

  • September 14, 1965 — Birthdate
  • Father was a lawyer and mother was an executive at Universal Studios.
  • At age 18, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, but it wasn’t malignant.
  • In 2004, Stafford, a huge hockey fan, was a hockey correspondent for The Best Damn Sports Show Period.
  • In 2013, she launched her web series, The Stafford Project, based on her personal life and struggles.
  • Has won two Daytime Emmys for her role as Phyllis on The Young and the Restless.
  • In 2016, Stafford launched a skincare product line called Skin Nation; products are said to be organic, natural, gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.


  • Michael Stafford — Father
  • Eddie Adams — Father
  • Paulette Adams — Mother
  • Janine Stafford — Sister
  • Natalia Scout Lee Stafford — Daughter
  • Jameson Jones Lee Stafford — Son


Michelle Stafford started out as an international model, returning from Italy with an untapped desire to act. Michelle won the role of Frankie on Tribes in 1990, following that up with roles on Renegade, Models, Inc., and Pacific Palisades.

After two plays, directed by Tony-winner Charles Durning, and rave reviews for her performance, Stafford landed the plum role of Phyllis on daytime’s #1 show The Young and the Restless, where she stayed nearly two decades adding layers to the fan-favorite character and winning two Emmys.

Hard-working Michelle added television and film roles such as Double Jeopardy, Diagnosis Murder, JAG, Frasier, Judging Amy, Like Mother, Like Daughter, 3 Days Gone, masterminded her own series, The Stafford Project, before moving over to ABC for the role of Nina Reeves on General Hospital.

Michelle Stafford Photos

Actor (12 Credits)

Title Role Year

General Hospital (TV Show)

13919 — 2017
13918 — 2017
13917 — 2017

Nina Clay 2017

The Young and the Restless (TV Show)

The Young and the Restless — 2014
The Young and the Restless — 2014
The Young and the Restless — 2014

Phyllis Summers 2014

Like Mother, Like Daughter (TV Show)


Charmed (TV Show)

Desperate Housewitches — 2005

Mandi 2005

Judging Amy (TV Show)

The Bottle Show — 2002

Linda Barnes 2002

Frasier (TV Show)

The First Temptation of Daphne — 2001

Heather 2001

JAG (TV Show)

Contemptuous Words — 1999

Suzanne Moore 1999

Diagnosis Murder (TV Show)

Gangland — 1999
Gangland — 1999
Gangland — 1999

Trisha 1999

Double Jeopardy (Movie)

Suzanne Monroe 1999

Two Guys and a Girl (TV Show)

Two Guys, a Girl and a Softball Team — 1998


Pacific Palisades (TV Show)

End Game — 1997
Sweet Revenge — 1997
Motherly Love — 1997

Joanna Hadley 1997

Body Of Influence (Movie)

Madam 1993

Appearing (7 Credits)

Title Role Year

"The Young and the Restless" On-Set (TV Show)

Selling LA (TV Show)

Every Agent Wants Celebrity Clients — 2012


Family Feud (TV Show)

The Young and the Restless vs. General Hospital — 2008


Beauty and the Geek (TV Show)

From Geek to Chic — 2008


Academy of Country Music Awards (TV Show)

Wheel of Fortune (TV Show)

Soap Stars Week: Vixens & Villains — 2006


Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Show)

Guest (5 Credits)

Title Role Year

The FAB Life (TV Show)

FABLife — 2016


Marie (TV Show)

40 Years of Young and Restless — 2013


The Talk (TV Show)

The Talk — 2012
The Talk — 2011

2011 - 2012

Soap Talk (TV Show)

Soap Talk — 2006
Soap Talk — 2006


Wheel of Fortune (TV Show)

Soap City Week — 2001