First 'Soap Star' Winner Joins 'The Bold and The Beautiful'
First 'Soap Star' Winner Joins 'The Bold and The Beautiful'
Mykel Shannon Jenkins, the first winner of SoapNet's reality competition, I Wanna Be a Soap Star, has joined the cast of CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.  According to executive producer and head writer Bradley P. Bell, Jenkins will appear on the daytime drama as Charlie Baker.

Jenkins' Charlie is the son of Lt. Baker (Dan Martin) and has recently been promoted to the rank of detective in the police department. Charlie enters the series as Eric Forrester (John McCook) regains control of Forrester Creations, and is an essential part of The Bold and the Beautiful's “hottest and most suspenseful story-arc of the year.”

Mykel Shannon Jenkins, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, graduated with a bachelor's degree from Loyola University.  He first became a household name when he hosted the city's WB38 Kids' Club, where he served as an on-air personality for more than four years.

In October 2004, he began appearing on I Wanna Be a Soap Star, competing against 11 other finalists in various acting challenges for a role on General Hospital.  The challenges included learning how to cry on camera, and filming love scenes and fight sequences.  Judging the contestants' performances were soap actress Debbi Morgan, General Hospital casting director Mark Teschner and talent agent Michael Bruno.

Although Jenkins ultimately emerged victorious, his character on General Hospital failed to go beyond the “extra” status, and was later shot and killed by Jesse Beaudry (Matt Marraccini).  Jenkins, however, managed to land guest-star stints on several primetime hit series, including Ugly Betty, Saving Grace, CSI: Miami, CSI and In Justice.

Mykel Shannon Jenkins' first tape date for The Bold and the Beautiful was on Tuesday, October 23.  He is scheduled to begin appearing on the series on November 21.

Also appearing next month on The Bold and The Beautiful is Todd McKee.  On November 14, McKee, 43, will return to the soap as Jake MacClaine, a role he first played from 1990 to 1992.  McKee's Jake was romantically involved with Felicia, then played by Colleen Dion, and had been abused by his uncle.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: CBS, Soap Opera Digest
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