|First awarded July 31, 1985|
Official website emmyonline.org/daytime
Instituted 31 July 1985
Category of Daytime Emmy Award
|Most nominations Heather Tom, (8)|
Country United States of America
Currently held by True O'Brien
|Awarded for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series, Age 25 or Younger|
Most awards Jennifer Finnigan, (3) Jennifer Landon, (3)
People also search for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Presented by National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Winners & Nominees True O'BrienDays of Our Lives, True O'Brien, Winner, Reign EdwardsThe Bold and the Beautiful, Reign Edwards, Nominee, Hunter KingThe Young and the Restless, Hunter King, Nominee, Ashlyn PearceThe Bold and the Beautiful, Ashlyn Pearce, Nominee, Brooklyn Rae SilzerGeneral Hospital, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Nominee, Hunter KingThe Young and the Restless, Hunter King, Winner, Camila BanusDays of Our Lives, Camila Banus, Nominee, Haley PullosGeneral Hospital, Haley Pullos, Nominee, Kristen AldersonGeneral Hospital, Kristen Alderson, Nominee, Hunter KingThe Young and the Restless, Hunter King, Winner, Linsey GodfreyThe Bold and the Beautiful, Linsey Godfrey, Nominee, Kim MatulaThe Bold and the Beautiful, Kim Matula, Nominee, Kelley MissalOne Life to Live, Kelley Missal, Nominee, Kristen AldersonGeneral Hospital, Kristen Alderson, Nominee, Kristen AldersonGeneral Hospital, Kristen Alderson, Winner, Hunter KingThe Young and the Restless, Hunter King, Nominee, Jacqueline MacInnes WoodThe Bold and the Beautiful, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Nominee, Lindsey MorganGeneral Hospital, Lindsey Morgan, Nominee, Christel KhalilThe Young and the Restless, Christel Khalil, Winner, Molly BurnettDays of Our Lives, Molly Burnett, Nominee, Jacqueline MacInnes WoodThe Bold and the Beautiful, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Nominee, Shelley HennigDays of Our Lives, Shelley Hennig, Nominee
The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series is an award presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given to honor a young actress below the age of 25, who has delivered an outstanding performance in a role while working within the daytime drama industry.
At the 12th Daytime Emmy Awards held in 1985, Tracey E. Bregman was the first winner of this award for her role of Lauren Fenmore on The Young and the Restless. The awards ceremony had not been aired on television for the prior two years, having been criticized for voting integrity. The award was originally called Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series, the criteria of the new category were deemed confusing; performers of differing ages were nominated and critics argued some were of supporting or lead actress standards. Adding to the confusion, the first winner, Bregman, and the Outstanding Supporting Actress winner that year, Beth Maitland, played characters near to the same age. The category was renamed Outstanding Juvenile Female in a Drama Series in 1989 and began using its current title in 1991. The criteria were later altered, requiring that the actress be aged 25 or below.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 23 actresses. The Young and the Restless has the most awarded actresses in this category, with a total of eight. Since 2008, Jennifer Landon has been tied with Jennifer Finnigan for most wins, with three each. In 1999, Heather Tom became the most nominated actress in the category when she was nominated a seventh time, also winning a second time that year. She was nominated again the following year, holding the title with eight nominations, however lost to Camryn Grimes. In 2000, Grimes also became the youngest recipient of the award, winning at the age of 10. As of the 2016 ceremony, True O'Brien is the most recent winner in this category for her portrayal of Paige Larson on Days of Our Lives.
Winners and nominees
Listed below are the winners of the award for each year, as well as the other nominees.
Multiple wins and nominations
The following individuals received two or more wins in this category:
The following individuals received two or more nominations in this category: