Congratulations to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as the soap airs its 8,000th episode on Friday, Jan. 4! “The 8,000th episode is classic B&B drama,” the soap’s executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell said in a statement. “The story arc centers around an event so profound it sends shockwaves throughout the lives of the Forresters, Spencers, Avants, Spectras, and Logans for years to come.”
B&B first premiered back on March 23, 1987, and last year celebrated its 30th anniversary. To mark the momentous occasion of their 8,000th episode, the soap gathered together some of the cast to show off the episode in which they made their debut. With the constantly changing cast of characters and actors, there are only two stars who have been around from the very beginning: John McCook (Eric) and Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke). “Working with him from the very first day of the show ’til now, 31 years later, has been an absolute pleasure and honor,” Lang declared on Instagram. “I am looking forward to many more years to come!”
It will probably come as no surprise that Annika Noelle (Hope) is one of the newest cast members of B&B, but some fans might not remember that Alley Mills (Pam) actually appeared before Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy).
Take a look through the gallery below to see the stars of B&B from the very beginning all the way up to today!
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John Mc Cook
John McCook (Eric)
McCook first appeared in the premiere episode of B&B bvack in 1987.
Katherine Kelly Lang
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke)
Lang is one of the only other remaining original cast members of B&B still appearing today.
Hunter Tylo (Taylor)
Although she's come and gone multiple times over the years, Tylo made her first appearance on June 6, 1990.
Ashley Jones (Bridget)
The character of Bridget Forrester was first introduced back in 1997, but Ashley Jones took over the role in December of 2004.
Jennifer Gareis (Donna)
Now back on contract with the soap, Gareis first debuted as Donna Logan back in 2006 (she was also a recast!).
Alley Mills (Pam)
Mills brought Stephanie's sister, Pam, to town back in December of 2006.
Jacqueline Mac Innes Wood
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy)
Steffy was born back in 1997, but Wood took over the role in December of 2008.
Don Diamont (Bill)
The character of Bill Spencer first appeared when B&B premiered, but Diamont is playing his son, Bill Spencer, Jr., who debuted in May of 2009.
Scott Clifton (Liam)
After starring as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Dillon and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Schuyler, Clifton moved over to CBS Daytime to play B&B's Liam starting in July of 2010.
Lawrence Saint Victor
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter)
Saint-Victor made his debut as Carter Walton on January 31, 2013.
Darin Brooks (Wyatt)
The Spencer family continued expanding when Brooks added Wyatt to the clan on June 21, 2013.
Richard Christie (Charlie)
The television veteran made his first appearance as the Forrester security guard back in October of 2013!
Thorsten Kaye (Ridge)
The character of Ridge Forrester has been around since B&B's very first episode, but he only started looking like Kaye in Dec. 13, 2013.
Courtney Hope (Sally)
Hope debuted as the grand-niece of classic B&B character Sally Spectra on January 31, 2017.
Annika Noelle (Hope)
On Jan. 8, 2018, Noelle first appeared in the role of Hope, who hadn't been seen since Kim Matula left the soap in 2016.