Soap fans who watched the premiere of the Lifetime film Stolen in her Sleep on Friday, May 20th saw two daytime actors in the lead roles. The first is Conner Floyd who filmed the movie prior to taking on his current role portraying Chance Chancellor on The Young and the Restless. The second is Alicia Leigh Willis, who played Courtney Matthews on General Hospital. Courtney arrived in Port Charles in 2001 as the sister of Sonny Corinthos and in 2006 she gave birth to her son. Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Chaves). Courtney dies shortly after from Encephalitis and fans were stunned. Jasper Jax (Ingo Rademacher) found out that he was not the baby's biological father and hid the truth. He eventually revealed that Nikolas Cassadine (Marcus Columbo) was the real baby daddy. Courtney was not written out of the soap by GH as Willis had decided months earlier to leave the ABC soap. She was asked and agreed to remain long enough to conclude the childbirth storyline. The actress has made two additional visits to Port Charles. She returned in May 2015, as a spirit to her son Spencer and assured him he had not been disfigured by the fire that injured him months earlier. Courtney also encouraged her son to become a better person and said she loved him. In September 2020, she returned to Port Charles as an angel to help her father Mike Corbin ( Max Gail) die and go to heaven. Her sister-in-law Carly Corinthos ( Laura Wright) thought so highly of her that named the Metro Court in her honor. Alicia as Courtney is a fan favorite and viewers were sorry to see her leave the ABC soap.
All About Alicia
Alicia Leigh Willis was born to David and Leigh Willis on March 1, 1978, Her father is an actor who was in the movies Unthinkable and Bring it On. Alicia's first daytime role was when she portrayed 15-year-old Alli Fowler on the NBC soap Another World from 1998 to 1999 when it was canceled after 38 years on the air. During her time on General Hospital, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress in 2003. The actress has stated that she wanted Courtney to die because it was her role and she did not want anyone else in it. It's not clear why she walked away from the popular character but she has continued to work steadily. Alicia had a recurring role as Corey Conway on the WB network series 7th Heaven where her real parents David and Leigh Willis portrayed her onscreen mom and dad. In October 2006. she guest-starred on CSI Miami and in 2007 she starred as Elizabeth, in the MyNetworkTV telenovela American Heiress Her movie roles include The Terror Experiment as Mandy in 2010, Raven 2011, Julia X Jessica, 2015, Dangerous Company 2017, The Student 2018, Baby Obsessioni, Chameleon Mommy's Little Princess and the TV film Evil Touch 2019.
Additional roles and honors
Alicia has remained working on a steady basis since leaving Courtney behind. She has been pretty busy recently and although she is no longer in Port Charles but General Hospital fans are always glad to see her. When Spencer went to his mother's grave on the anniversary of his death some fans thought Courtney might show up but she did not. In 2021 Ihe soap vet received a second nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance as Supporting Actress In A Daytime Fiction Program” for playing Avery Garrett in the digital hit series “The Bay.(2010-2020) She said she wants her daughter to be proud of her but did not give a name or age of the child.In 2021 she was in the TV Movies Her Deadly Boyfriend and Saving My Daughter. In 2022 the actress was in the TV mini-series This Show Sucks Sucks Truth + Consequences, and the TV films Stolen in her sleep, and Cattish. The actress lives in Los Angeles, California with her sister, her cat Luey, and her dog Sydney. Be on the lookout for General Hospital spoilers as well as updates related to what Alicia Leigh Willis will be doing in the future.
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