Imani Benedict on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is a new character so it’s understandable if viewers want to know more about her. She debuted in the Dec. 24, 2019 episode of the soap, played by Leigh-Ann Rose, though the actress’ initial appearance was rather brief. Fans might recognize Rose from her roles on LOVE THEY NEIGHBOR, YOUNGER, Baking Christmas, Suburban Swingers Club, or The Finest.
Searching for her biological mother, Amanda Sinclair learned her name was Naya Benedict and went to her home on Christmas Eve with Devon Hamilton as moral support. Amanda had tried to call and give her mom a head’s up about the situation but when unable to get through, gave in and decided to just ring the doorbell. Unfortunately, at that moment, Imani returned home loaded down with Christmas packages and called out for her mom to open the door. Stunned to learn that Naya had a daughter that she hadn’t given up for adoption, Amanda changed her mind and went home.
But after the new year, Amanda was able to reach Naya on the phone and introduced herself as one of the daughters she’d given up for adoption years ago. And it seems that the stunned woman shared the shocking news with her other daughter because Imani showed up at Amanda’s door angrily demanding that the attorney leave her mother alone!
Stay tuned to Y&R as the family drama continues to unfold!