Fenmore Baldwin has a new face on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but the character still has the same dramatic history. Of course, if you’re a newer viewer or one that just doesn’t quite remember the young man, we’ve got you covered! After his birth in October of 2006, Fen was played by a series of child actors until being aged into a teenager and recast with Max Ehrich. After earning four consecutive Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Younger Actor, Ehrich left the soap in 2015 and the role has now been recast again with Zach Tinker taking over as Fen on Dec. 3.
Fenmore was born prematurely to Lauren Fenmore and Michael Baldwin, and shortly after his birth was kidnapped by Sheila Carter, who had surgically altered her face to resemble Phyllis Summers. Then, as a child, Lauren was kidnapped and replaced by Sheila’s sister, Sara Smythe, who had surgery to look like Lauren. But Fen could tell something was up with his mother and Sara’s plan was soon thwarted. Fearing Sheila’s daughter, Daisy, might harm their son, Lauren and Michael sent Fen to stay with his brother, Scotty Grainger, in Canada.
In June of 2012, Fen returned home to Genoa City and became close with Summer Newman, a relationship his folks were not super happy about. Fen and Summer cyber-bullied Jamie Vernon, and although she backed off, Fen continued and a physical altercation nearly led to Jamie’s death. A troubled Fen turned to drugs and found out his mother was having an affair with Carmine Basco. When the affair was exposed and Carmine was found dead, Michael feared Fen had killed him and confessed to the crime to protect his son. Fearing he may have been guilty, Fen tried to confess but nobody would listen. So he got arrested for drug possession and went to prison. After a lot of back and forth, Fen was finally free of his guilt when it was revealed Carmine was actually alive and in witness protection.
Fen announced he wanted to become a lawyer like his dad and left for college. While home for Christmas break, Fen was stunned to learn that Michael was battling cancer. Next, Fen found himself mixed up with the rest of Genoa City’s younger set in the mystery surrounding Austin Travers’ murder. He later confessed that he’d drugged everyone at the party because he’d been blackmailed into it. Fen was failing in school and hacked into the university’s computer to change his grade. After he came clean to Paul Williams, they were able to trace the anonymous blackmailer to discover the real killer.
Fen was allowed back into college, but now he’s coming home for another visit. Will this just be for the holidays? And how much drama can he get mixed up in in such a short time? Stay tuned to find out, and for more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!