Six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winner Heather Tom holds the record as the only female actor in television history to win a Daytime Emmy Award in all three Performer categories: Younger, Supporting and Lead Actress, according to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2020, Tom tied the record for the most Emmys won by an actress in a “Daytime Drama Series.” Also, she holds the record for being the most Emmy Award-nominated actress under the age of 40. In 2013, Tom reached another career milestone with Variety’s announcement of the “Daytime TV Impact Honorees,” listing the innovators from daytime TV. From the impressive list of 30 nominees representing all genres including network executives, producers and news anchors, Heather was the only actor listed.
In 2016, Tom joined the DGA and began directing. She participated in CBS’ coveted Directors Initiative. She has since directed episodes of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Good Trouble” and “Dynasty.” Additionally, she has directed the video short, “Bigfoot’s Love Slave,” and the short films “Blink” and “Serenity.”
At the age of 16, Heather won her first Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and her second Emmy in 1999 in the same category. In 2011, she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and in 2012 and 2013 she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning three in a row for her role as Katie Logan on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. To date, Heather has received 19 Daytime Emmy Award nominations; nine for her role as Victoria Newman, two for her role as Kelly Cramer Buchanan, and eight for her role as Katie Logan. Also, Heather won the 1997 Outstanding Younger Lead Actress Award on “The 13th Annual Soap Opera Awards.”
Prior to joining THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Heather spent 13 years starring as the tempestuous Victoria Newman on the Network’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, and three years starring as Kelly Cramer Buchanan on “One Life to Live.”
Since 1996, Heather has starred in the long-running off-Broadway smash hit comedy “Vanities,” performing throughout the U.S. and Canada to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Currently, she performs with co-stars Sonia Satra and her sister, Nicholle Tom, whenever her shooting schedule allows.
In 2004, Heather made her Broadway debut in the Mark Medoff (“Children of a Lesser God”) play, “Prymate,” playing Allison, a role for which she became fluent in sign language. In the Los Angeles production she received a Robbie Theatre LA Award Nomination for Best Actress. Other New York theatre credits include: “Happy Hour,” “Electra,” “Moonchild” and “Hecuba.” Regional and west coast credits include “The Heiress,” at the Pasadena Playhouse, Marilyn Monroe in “The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn,” Betsy in “Lemonade,” Laura in “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Class of 1990,” “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” “Out of Gas On Lovers Leap” with Chad Allen, “Women and Wallace,” Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Greatest Christmas.” In addition, she appeared as “Mary” in the national touring company of “Vanities.”
In 1996, Heather began producing theatre with Chad Allen of “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.” They successfully produced a revival of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues,” with Heather appearing in the role of Daisy, alternating the role with her sister, Nicholle. The revival won five Dramalogue Awards; an accomplishment for a first-time producer. In the summer of 2003, she produced “Talking With” starring 11 women from daytime television, with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood.
Born in Hinsdale, Ill., Tom moved with her family to Seattle when she was 10 years old. At 13, they made a permanent move to Los Angeles where she and her siblings, twins David and Nicholle Tom, began their careers in Hollywood.
Heather took acting classes at the Young Actor’s Space paying for each weekly session with the money she earned working at a cookie store. Even at a young age, acting gave her a euphoric feeling. “The feeling of losing the audience for a moment and truly becoming connected with the scene and the character is absolutely incredible,” explains Heather.
Heather’s additional television credits include recurring roles on “Ugly Betty,” David E. Kelley’s “The Wedding Bells” and “All My Children.” She has guest-starred on “Criminal Minds,” “The Mentalist” and “Diagnosis Murder,” on the Network, “Lucifer,” “Monk,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Who’s the Boss,” “Kids Incorporated” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” Her television movies include “Imaginary Friend,” “The Rival,” CBS’s “Deadly Whispers” and “She’ll Take Romance.”
Heather’s film credits include “Mamitas,” “The Putt Putt Syndrome,” “Suicide Dolls,” “Stiffs,” “The Horror Vault, Vol. 1,” “City Teacher,” “Undone,” “Lessie’s Rainbow,” “Looking Good” and “Ray’s X-Vision.” Her short films include “When We’re Old,” “Love Means Nothing,” “Beyond the Ladies Room Door” and “Delusion.” She has appeared on numerous award shows, talk shows and game shows including “The Talk,” on the Network, “Hollywood Squares” and co-hosted Barbara Walter’s “The View” twice.
In the summer of 2013, Heather starred in her own reality TV miniseries for the HGTV Network called “Renovation Unscripted.” She and her husband, James Achor, formed a company called Tight Rope Designs and have redecorated several homes in the Los Angeles area. Their work has also been featured in InStyle and Elle Decor magazines.
She resides in Los Angeles with her musician husband, James, and their son, Zane. Her birthday is Nov. 4. Follow her on Twitter @BBheathertom, Instagram @bbheathertom and Facebook @officialheathertom.