Actress and singer Kiara Barnes made quite a splash when she joined the cast of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as Zoe Buckingham, a young woman who shared a past with Xander. “I’m very excited to share the news!” Barnes shared on Instagram when her casting was announced. “I’ll be joining the cast at B&B as a new lead and series regular, Zoe. I’m feeling more than blessed for this opportunity. Can’t wait to share what I’ve been cooking up. Cheers to a new chapter!” However, three years later, the actress was reporting her exit as she left the soap to star in a new primetime series!
Zoe first appeared in July of 2018 and it was immediately obvious that she was obsessed with her ex-boyfriend, Xander Avant, and would do anything to get him back. It became clear she could be dangerous when it was revealed she’d used Sally Spectra‘s laptop to make it seem as though she’d been sending threatening messages to Hope Logan. Since Xander was getting frustrated because girlfriend Emma Barber wanted to take things slow, Zoe made it very clear that she would jump right back into bed with him if that’s what he wanted. After landing a job as a model for Forrester Creations, Zoe arranged for Xander to also do some modeling so they could spend more time together, and it worked like a charm. Eventually, Emma backed off and Zoe finally snagged her man back.
Zoe’s life got slightly more complicated when her father, Dr. Reese Buckingham, arrived in town to start work at his new job. She was wary of her dad’s interest in Taylor Hayes, given his past history of dating and dumping wealthy women once he’d gotten what he wanted from them. But she had no idea that her life was actually in danger from some deadly gangsters who threatened to kill her if Reese didn’t pay them the money he owed! After her father skipped town again to return to London, Zoe wondered why and her snooping led her to discover the truth that Reese had stolen Hope and Liam’s newborn daughter and had Flo Fulton pose as the baby’s mother so Steffy would pay him handsomely to arrange the adoption!
Seeing the pain Hope was in beliving her baby had died at birth, Zoe wanted to tell the truth, but Reese returned to LA to try and convince her to keep quiet, reminding her they would all end up in prison for their parts in the crime. After Xander overheard the secret, Zoe urged him to stay silent as well, but when Emma wanted to go to Hope with the truth, Thomas Forrester found out and silenced the young woman permanently, leading Zoe and Xander to fear they could be next! Once the truth was finally revealed by Douglas Forrester, Zoe and Xander were fired from Forrester, and she left town for a while.
When Zoe returned to Los Angeles, she was struggling for money and living in a run-down apartment building where she was surprised to find Thomas staying with his friend, Vinny. Thomas shared an update on recent events and his plans to split up Ridge & Brooke while winning back Hope. Zoe wanted to go back to work at Forrester, and Liam urged Steffy to hire her so they could use her to find out what Thomas was up to. Zoe was eager to help, but Thomas was also using her to try and make Hope jealous!
Things soon got very real for Zoe and Thomas — or so she thought — as he began publicly wooing her and surprised her with a marriage proposal! Unfortunately, Thomas was planning for Hope to become his bride, and Zoe was crushed when Hope interrupted the wedding to expose his lies and deceptions! Zoe tore into Thomas along with everyone else, and Carter Walton tried to reassure her that she would find true love one day. And given the sparks that started flying between them, it looked like Zoe might have already found it! Well, at least until Zende Forrester returned to Los Angeles a single man and she couldn’t resist flirting with the handsome designer!
Zoe was happy to get a visit from her sister, Paris Buckingham, who was excited to learn all about her glamorous life in L.A. And while Zoe noted that Carter was moving pretty fast when he invited her to move in with him right away, but that still didn’t stop her from saying yes when he also popped the question soon after! However, their whirlwind romance spun out of control as Zoe found herself jealous of the attention Zende was paying Paris and made a play for the guy herself! When Carter heard she’d thrown herself at the Forrester, he quickly called off the engagement — and their relationship. Zoe tried begging for forgiveness, but as yet has been unsuccessful.
Stay tuned to see how Zoe’s story continues!