The character of Heather hasn’t been on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in so long that some newer viewers might be wondering exactly who she is, and even longtime fans might want a refresher. So that’s where we come in! Heather Stevens was originally born in 1979 and played by a series of child actors for a few years. The character resurfaced in 1993 as a teenager played by Conci Nelson, and in July 2007 returned as an adult, played by Vail Bloom. After the actress exited in April 2010, Y&R recast with ALL MY CHILDREN alum Eden Riegel. She left in November 2011, and when the character came back again in June 2012, AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Jennifer Landon had taken over. However, her run ended just five months later in November. In January 2023, it was announced that Bloom would be reprising her role for Heather’s return. While it was only a brief visit, she returned again in July for more!
Heather Stevens is the daughter of Paul Williams and his first wife, April Stevens, though she initially grew up believing that her mother’s second husband, Robert Lynch, was her father. Robert was physically and mentally abusive toward April and she eventually killed him in self-defense. Convicted of manslaughter, April was allowed to perform her community service back in New York, so she took Heather and left town.
In 2007, Heather returned to Genoa City to assist district attorney William Bardwell after he suffered a stroke. When he died, she took over all of his cases. Hoping to connect with his daughter, Paul revealed that he was her father. Although initially tense, the pair eventually established a connection. Her attempts to prosecute Victor Newman for murdering Ji Min Kim led to the case being dropped and Victor arranging for her to lose her job. Heather considered leaving town but Paul convinced her to stick around.
Heather got a job at Jabot Cosmetics and started a romance with Adam Newman, but when the truth behind Ji Min’s murder finally came out, she got credit for finding the information and was reinstated as assistant district attorney. Feeling fatigued from work, Heather was surprised to learn she had Epstein-Barr disease. Although newly engaged to Adam, Heather had him arrested and eventually broke up with him believing he was in love with his lawyer, Rafe Torres. To hurt Adam, she slept with Billy Abbott hoping to write an exposé about him.
After a bomb was found in her car, Heather was assigned Chance Chancellor as a bodyguard, and they eventually gave in to passion and slept together. When Chance was presumed dead, she began dating his half-brother, Ronan Malloy. While acting as the temporary district attorney, Heather campaigned to hold the job permanently but Billy exposed her accepting campaign money from Victor in exchange for reopening the case against Adam. And when Billy published photos of her kissing Adam, who was a key suspect in her murder case against Sharon Newman, her reputation was ruined and Heather left for New York City.
In 2012, Michael Baldwin invited Heather back to Genoa City to be the assistant district attorney. She took on the case of Daisy Carter’s disappearance and suspected her husband, Daniel Romalotti. Her relationship with her father fractured when Paul shot and killed her half-brother, Ricky Williams, who had become dangerous and threatened to kill Eden Baldwin. Heather started an affair with Daniel, who was still married to the missing Daisy, but stepped back when Daisy was found in a psychiatric hospital. However, after Daisy disappeared again, Heather and Daniel reunited. Hoping to clear her father’s name, Heather went to Los Angeles with Christine Blair hoping to find evidence to exonerate Paul.
Later, it was reported that Heather met up with Daniel in Chicago, and when he briefly returned to Genoa City, he mentioned that he, Heather, and his daughter, Lucy, were moving to Savannah, Georgia. However, when Daniel once again came home in November 2022, he confessed that their marriage had fallen apart and Heather had left him. But when Phyllis Summers took it upon herself to help her son, she flew to Portugal to talk to Heather herself, which brought her back to Genoa City!
Heather showed up in February 2023 to talk with Daniel, who was happy to have the chance to show his ex how he was a changed man. While Heather appreciated that Daniel had pulled himself out of the darkness, she also admitted it was too late because she had met someone else and fallen in love! After ending things with Daniel, Heather returned to Portugal with Lucy.
In July 2023, Heather surprised Phyllis when she knocked on her door to announce that with Michael away on business, she would be representing her on the charges of faking her own death and killing Jeremy Stark in self-defense. Although reluctant, Phyllis agreed. After Phyllis agreed to plead guilty and the case was finally settled, Heather decided to stick around for the summer with Lucy. She then considered moving back to Genoa City, but wanted to make sure it was okay with Daniel first. After settling her business in Portugal, Heather moved back with Lily and Daniel was thrilled to be close to his daughter again.
Keep watching Y&R to see what happens next!