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How old is Jill on Young And The Restless as she returns to Genoa City?

Amber Peake June 15, 2022
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Jill Abbott is back in Genoa City this week, with her return prompting fans to wonder how old the Young And The Restless character is now.

The classic character has been part of the show since the beginning but, in recent years, hasn’t appeared as regularly.

This week Jill Abbott was back in Genoa City as she attended the launch party of newly merged company Chancellor-Winters.

Following her return, we take a look at the character’s time on the show and the stars who have stepped into Jill’s shoes over the years.

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How old is Jill on Young And The Restless?

Jill Abbott is a stalwart of The Young And The Restless, with many fans growing up watching her as part of the classic soap.

The character’s Y&R wiki page states Jill was born in 1957, which would mean, as of 2022, the character will turn 65 this year.

When the character first featured on the show in 1973, Jill was said to be in her late teens, as per Soap Central.

Jill is currently portrayed by actress Jess Walton, who is 73 years old. Therefore the actress was born eight years before her on-screen character.

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Jill Abbott has been part of Y&R since the beginning

Young And The Restless first aired in 1973, with Jill Abbott one of the show’s original characters.

During the early run of the show, Jill was portrayed by Brenda Dickson. The actress played the role of Jill for seven years until 1980.

Then Deborah Adair took on the role and continued it on-screen for three years, before Dickson returned to take over the character in 1983. The actress played Jill for a further four years before moving on in 1987.

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Jess Walton has played Jill since the late 1980s

Jill Abbott is currently portrayed by Jess Walton, who joined the cast of The Young And The Restless in 1987. Now, 35 years on, she has starred in more than 1,700 episodes of the classic soap and has won awards for her portrayal of the character.

She is a two-time Daytime Emmy award winner, having taken the accolade in 1991 and again in 1997.

In 2017, reflecting on three decades as Jill Abbott on The Young And The Restless, the actress told ET Canada she couldn’t believe it had been 30 years since she joined the soap.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.