Jill Foster Abbott is a fictional character from the American CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, portrayed by Jess Walton since 1987. Prior to Walton, Brenda Dickson originated the role and played her from 1973 to 1980 and again from 1983 to 1987, and by Deborah Adair from 1980 to 1983 and briefly in 1986, as well as brief fill-ins by Bond Gideon in 1980 and by Melinda Fee in 1984.