Stafford in 2011
|Born||(1965-09-14) September 14, 1965 
Chicago, Illinois. U.S.
Michelle Stafford (born September 14, 1965) is an American actress, screenwriter and producer. She is perhaps best known for her role as Phyllis Summers on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, for which she has won two Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2013, Stafford created and starred in her own comedy web series, The Stafford Project. She currently stars as Nina Clay on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital.
In 1990 Stafford was cast in Fox soap opera Tribes. The show was canceled after 3-month airing on Fox. She later appeared in two plays directed by Charles Durning in Los Angeles stage, and co-starred in several small films.
In October 1994, Stafford began what was supposed to be a short term role of Phyllis Summers on the American CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless; however, her work impressed the producers and she was placed on contract. In 1997, Stafford left the series to pursue other career opportunities, and she was replaced by Sandra Nelson. In 1997 she was cast in Aaron Spelling primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades as lead character, but show was canceled after 13 episodes. She later guest-starred in Two Guys and a Girl, Diagnosis: Murder, and JAG. In film, Stafford appeared in 1999 thriller Double Jeopardy opposite Ashley Judd.
In July 2000, Stafford was brought back to the soap opera by former head writer Kay Alden. From December 2006 to February 2007, Stafford played dual roles on Y&R, portraying Sheila Carter, formerly played by Kimberlin Brown (Sheila had plastic surgery to look like Phyllis). In May 2013, it was announced that Stafford would be exiting the soap opera after sixteen years in the role. Stafford later confirmed that her final scenes would air sometime that August. Stafford exited the series on August 2, 2013.
In 2004, Stafford was a hockey correspondent for The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Stafford starred in Lifetime movie Like Mother, Like Daughter in 2007. In 2007, Stafford appeared on Tyra Banks‘ talk show to help Tyra through “soap opera school.” In 2012 she appeared as Lauren on the web series The Grove, created by Crystal Chappell. She also guest-starred in Frasier, Charmed, and Ringer. She subsequently launched her web series, The Stafford Project, based on her personal life and struggles, with the first episode premiering on her YouTube Channel on August 5, 2013. The series received positive reviews from critics. Michael Logan of TV Guide appreciated the web series, calling it “terrific and audacious” and saying that “there’s never a dull moment in the life of Michelle Stafford”. Jamey Giddens of the entertainment website Zap2it said that Stafford is “as viable and fiery as ever”, calling The Stafford Project “insanely-funny”.
In 2014, Stafford returned to daytime television with the role of Nina Clay, the wife of Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton) on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. Stafford’s long-rumored addition to the cast was made official when her character Nina, the presumed-dead wife of Silas, suddenly appeared at the very end of the episode on May 1, 2014. In 2015, she co-starred alongside Tom Sizemore in the independent film Durant’s Never Closes.
Stafford was born in 1965, in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents moved her and her older sister, Janine, to Montrose, California, where she was raised. After graduating from high school, Stafford chased after her dream of modeling. Stafford welcomed her first child, daughter Natalia Scout Lee, via her embryo and a gestational surrogate on Monday, December 21, 2009  In October 2015, Stafford welcomed her second child, a son Jameson Jones Lee.
|1993||Body of Influence||Madam|
|1994||Another Midnight Run||Hotel Guest||Television film|
|1999||Double Jeopardy||Suzanne Monroe|
|2003||Vampires Anonymous||Taffeta Munro|
|2007||Like Mother, Like Daughter||Dawna Williams||Television film|
|2007||Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary||Jessica|
|2008||3 Days Gone||Detective Holloway|
|2014||On Georgia’s Mind||Tricia||Short film|
|2016||Durant’s Never Closes||Suzie Durant|
|1990||Tribes||Frankie||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1994||Renegade||Lauren Jessup||Episode: “The Posse”|
|1994||Models Inc.||Girl in the toilets||Episode: “Blind by Love”|
|1994–97, 2000–13||The Young and the Restless||Phyllis Summers||Series regular|
|1997||Pacific Palisades||Joanna Hadley||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1998||Players||Vanessa Evans||Episode: “Wrath of Con”|
|1998||Two Guys and a Girl||April||Episode: “Two Guys, a Girl and a Softball Team”|
|1999||Diagnosis: Murder||Trish||Episodes: “Gangland: Part One” and “Gangland: Part Two”|
|1999||JAG||Suzanne Moore||Episode: “Contemptuous Words”|
|2000||V.I.P.||Nancy Biggs||Episode: “Val Point Blank”|
|2001||Frasier||Heather Murphy||Episode: “The First Temptation of Daphne”|
|2002||Judging Amy||Linda Barnes||Episode: “The Bottle Show”|
|2005||Clubhouse||Sydney||Episode: “Between First and Home”|
|2005||Charmed||Mandi||Episode: “Desperate Housewitches”|
|2011||Ringer||Peggy Lewis||Episode: “If You Ever Want a French Lesson…”|
|2013||The Stafford Project||Michelle Stafford is not the current Phyllis on y&r she’s been gone for at least 2 years||Web series, also writer and executive producer|
|2014–present||General Hospital||Nina Clay||Series regular|
|2015||Secret Mind of a Single Mom||Michelle||Web series|
Awards and nominations
|1996||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||
|1996||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Female Newcomer||The Young and the Restless||Won|||
|1997||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Won|||
|1997||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Villainess||The Young and the Restless||Won|||
|2001||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Female Scene Stealer||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|2003||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||
|2003||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Lead Actress||The Young and the Restless||Won|||
|2004||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Won|||
|2005||Daytime Emmy Award||Most Irresistible Combination (shared with Peter Bergman)||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||
|2005||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||
|2005||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Lead Actress||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|2007||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||
|2008||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||
|2010||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||
|2011||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||
|2013||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|||