Over the years, Sheila Carter has wreaked havoc on both THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and if it’s true that only the good die young, then this villain has many, many more years left in her! Kimberlin Brown has been playing the notorious villain on and off across both soaps since 1990, so let’s take a walk down Memory Lane to relive her impressive criminal past that couldn’t be contained to just one city!
Sheila Carter first appeared on Y&R back in 1990 as a nurse who became dangerously obsessed with Dr. Scott Grainger. She drugged him so that she could sleep with him and have his baby, which forced him to leave Lauren Fenmore, who was also pregnant at the time. When Sheila’s baby died, she stole Lauren’s baby. When the horrible truth was revealed, Lauren confronted Sheila, who was presumed dead in the fire that erupted during the struggle.
But Sheila survived and headed over to B&B, where she schemed her way into the Forrester family by working as Rick’s nanny (after hospitalizing the original nanny, of course!) and as the company nurse. Stephanie Forrester was furious when Eric fell in love and became engaged to the newcomer. A jealous Sheila tampered with Brooke Logan’s paternity test so it would appear Ridge Forrester was Bridget’s father, not Eric Forrester.
Discovering that Sheila was alive, Lauren went to LA to confront her and ruin her relationship with Eric. But when Sheila begged for forgiveness, Eric actually gave in and the two tied the knot! Shelia later tried to solidify her marriage with a baby by sleeping with Connor Davis, but when she shared the “good” news of her pregnancy, Eric revealed he’d had a vasectomy and demanded a divorce!
Sheila started seeing a psychiatrist, Jay Garvin, but accidentally pushed him to his death during a struggle. She also tried to drown Lauren in a hot tub and imprisoned James Warwick in her basement. After he escaped and her secrets were exposed, Sheila held the Forresters and James at gunpoint threatening to kill them for hurting her. But after she had a change of heart and tried to kill herself, Sheila was put in a psychiatric hospital.
She didn’t stay locked up for long, and Sheila soon befriended Maggie Forrester, though she later framed the woman for poisoning Stephanie and later nearly choked her to death! Sheila desperately tried to change her ways to win back James’ love and revealed she was pregnant with his child. After handing her daughter, Mary, over to James and Maggie, Sheila befriended Amber Moore and urged the young woman to act as Mary’s nanny so she could visit her daughter in secret.
Things got extra complicated when Sheila tried to steal Mary, James fell in love with Sheila for real, and Maggie tried to murder her rival! When James and Stephanie became friends, Sheila was overcome with jealousy and tried to drown the Forrester matriarch. After being locked up, Sheila escaped from prison, shot Stephanie, kidnapped Mary, and took off!
Years later, Sheila returned with her teenage daughter who was now called Erica Lovejoy, and the girl was shocked to learn the truth about her mother’s identity and her past crimes. Sheila held Eric and Taylor Hayes hostage, and when Brooke arrived, there was a struggle that left Brooke shot and Taylor dead (for a while, anyway!). Sheila was jailed again but escaped with the help of a warden named Sugar. Sheila kidnapped Ridge and Brooke while they were on their honeymoon in South America, and when Nick Marone tried to rescue them, she grabbed him as well! Sheila revealed that she’d had Massimo’s daughter, Diana, and then disappeared with Sugar!
Sheila resurfaced in Genoa City to begin terrorizing Lauren again by trying to turn her now-adult son Scott Grainger against her and poisoning her. She teamed up with fellow villain Tom, but the cad betrayed her, and Sheila disappeared to get reconstructive surgery. It was later revealed that Paul had been keeping Sheila prisoner and that she had made herself look like Phyllis Summers (played by Michelle Stafford at the time)!
Disguised as Phyllis, Sheila abducted Phyllis, Summer, and Fen, and Lauren went to their rescue. When Lauren pulled a gun on the look-alikes, Sheila went to use Summer as a human shield, so Lauren knew when she fired that she had shot the right Phyllis. Sheila was pronounced dead at the scene, but clearly, reports of her death were greatly exaggerated!
In 2017, the Forresters were shocked when Sheila appeared alive and well (and with her original face), claiming to have turned over a new leaf. But it soon became clear that she wanted nothing more than to become Mrs. Eric Forrester again, and would do anything to eliminate the only obstacle in her way — his current wife, Quinn Fuller! Injured during a scuffle with her rival, Sheila even blackmailed former beau James into helping her convince Eric to let her move into the mansion. She had a portrait of herself painted to hang above the mantle and hired a hunky handyman to seduce Quinn. But Eric was onto her schemes the whole time and ultimately sent her packing.
Sheila didn’t go far, however, quietly remaining in Los Angeles and working at local restaurant Il Giardino as a server. When Bill Spencer was shot and nearly killed, naturally, she was considered a prime suspect, but this time turned out to be innocent (for a change!). Although Sheila hadn’t been seen since the spring of 2018, she suddenly resurfaced in August 2021 when she revealed herself to be Dr. John “Finn” Finnegan‘s birth mother… and at his wedding to Steffy Forrester, no less!
Finn sided with the Forresters, who urged him to have nothing to do with his biological mother. Sheila was determined to be a part of Finn and her grandson Hayes’ life, even faking a collapse to get sympathy. She also urged Jack to come clean that he wasn’t just Finn’s adoptive father but his birth father, but that also didn’t help endear her to the family. Sheila also partnered with Deacon Sharpe, who was back in town trying to reconnect with his daughter despite the Forresters’ objections. Furious at Brooke’s meddling, Sheila swapped out her non-alcoholic champagne for the real stuff on New Year’s Eve leading to a drunken night with Deacon that, once exposed, ended her marriage to Ridge!
Unfortunately, Sheila’s victory celebration came to an end when Thomas found out what she’d done. She managed to threaten him into staying quiet, but when Steffy overheard them, she was determined to expose the truth. Sheila pulled a gun on her but when Finn interrupted, he stepped in and took the bullet! Steffy tried to call 911, but Sheila shot her, as well, and left them to die in the alleyway after making it look like a robbery. When Sheila later went to the hospital, she clashed with Li Finnigan and later, overwhelmed with guilt, decided to jump off the roof of the building!
Taylor rescued her, but then nearly fell herself, and was grateful to Sheila for saving her life. Although Sheila was relieved when Steffy awoke with no memory of Finn at all, let alone the shooting, after her family reminded her of her late husband, Sheila tried to give Steffy an overdose to prevent her from remembering who shot them but was interrupted. Sheila was surprised to be invited to visit Hayes and it turned out to be a trap as a recovered Steffy, Ridge, and Taylor confronted her about shooting Steffy and killing Finn!
The police arrested Sheila and locked her up, but she discovered that a prison guard was her old partner-in-crime, Mike Guthrie, and he helped her escape! She confronted Li and was stunned to discover that Finn was really alive and the doctor was nursing him back to health! After Sheila attacked her for trying to contact the authorities, Li attempted to escape which led to Sheila running her car right off the road and into the water! Sheila managed to bring Finn back to consciousness, although he was understandably unhappy with her. He begged to be returned to his family, but Sheila was scared and kept him drugged.
Sheila’s plan was thwarted when a still-alive Li was rescued by Bill Spencer and they went to the place where Finn was being held to save him. But her luck still held as Mike showed up to help her escape and give the cops the slip! The Forresters were later stunned when the police delivered evidence that Sheila had fled Los Angeles and been killed by a bear attack in the mountains!
Stay tuned to see if that’s the last we’ll see of Sheila Carter!