Abby Carlton, the daughter of Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) and Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), has been portrayed by Darcy Rose Byrnes since the conception of the character on The Young and the Restless in 2003. Soon, however, her original portrayer will have to bid farewell to the character that catapulted her to soap opera stardom.
According to Soaps.com, which first got word that the 10-year-old actress will be moving on from The Young and the Restless, the role of Abby Carlton is being aged and will eventually be recast.
Although the news is disappointing, Byrnes wasn’t really surprised of her eventual departure.
“I will miss Young and the Restless so much! I will never forget the fun I had with the cast and crew,” Byrnes said. “I hope that I will work with them all again! Thank-you Y&R, for letting me be……’Blabby’ Abby!”
Moreover, Darcy’s spokesperson went on to say that “her experience working with the unspeakably talented cast and crew over the past five years has been foundational in the way she regards the art, craft and business of storytelling. The impression made upon her by the integrity and creativity of the Bell family will continue to influence her for years to come. Darcy also looks forward to working with CBS & Sony in the future.”
During her time on the soap, Byrnes consecutively won three Young Artist Awards from 2005 to 2007 in categories for Best Performance in a TV Series- Recurring Young Actress, Guest Starring Young Actress and Young Actress Age Ten or Younger.
Aside from The Young and the Restless, Byrnes also played her infamous role Abby on sister soap The Bold and the Beautiful. She is also credited for her appearances on How I Met Your Mother as Lucy Zinman and as Kiki George on Dirty Sexy Money.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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