Transgender actors / actresses / directors / writers

by mvaclavova | created - 23 Mar 2020 | updated - 23 Mar 2020 | Public

1. Laverne Cox

Actress | Promising Young Woman

With various 'firsts' in her already impressive career, Laverne Cox is a three time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy winning documentary film producer and a prominent equal rights advocate. Laverne's groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series "Orange is The...

2. Jamie Clayton

Actress | Sense8

Jamie Clayton's big break was playing Kyla on Season Three of the hit HBO series Hung alongside Thomas Jane. After her multi-episode arc on HUNG, Jamie joined actors Mary Lynn Rajskub and Hank Harris as a lead in the Emmy winning digital series, Dirty Work, playing crime scene cleanup maven ...

3. Lana Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, also known as the Wachowskis, are the duo behind such ground-breaking movies as The Matrix (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2012). Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight ...

4. Lilly Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Director, writer, and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago, the daughter of Lynne, a nurse and painter, and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney M. Young High School. After graduating from high school, she ...

5. Elliot Fletcher

Actor | Shameless

Elliot Fletcher was born in Los Angeles, California. He is an actor, known for Shameless, The Fosters, Faking It, and Young Hollywood. Additionally, Elliot has worked in the theater with several productions and has performed his original music compositions for local audiences. He was selected to be...

6. Hunter Schafer

Actress | Euphoria

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1999, Hunter Schafer graduated from the University of NC School of the Arts and became known in the state for her role, along with her father Mac, in challenging a state House bill requiring people to use public bathrooms that matched the gender on their birth ...

7. Nicole Maines

Actress | Bit

Nicole Maines was born on October 7, 1997 in Gloversville, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Bit (2019), Supergirl (2015) and DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016).

8. Dominique Jackson

Actress | Pose

Dominique Jackson is an actress, known for Pose (2018), Chick Fight (2020) and American Gods (2017). She was previously married to Al Jackson.

9. Indya Moore

Actress | Queen & Slim

Indya Moore is an actress, writer, director, model, social activist and founder of Beetlefruit Media, Inc., a production company focused on storytelling in various mediums. Born and raised in the Bronx, they have appeared in Vogue and OUT, as well as assignments for GQ, Gucci and Christian Dior. ...

10. Mj Rodriguez

Actress | Pose

Mj Rodriguez is an actress, best known for her work in Nurse Jackie (2011), Carrie Diaries (2013), Dear Pauline (2014), new internet series [Blank] My Life (2016) and Netflix show Luke Cage (2016). She is also known for her Musical Theater credit as Angel Dumont Schunard in the Original ...

11. Angelica Ross

Actress | American Horror Story

Angelica Ross was born on November 28, 1980 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for American Horror Story (2011), Pose (2018) and Claws (2017).

12. Chaz Bono

Actor | American Horror Story

Chaz Salvatore Bono was born Chastity Sun Bono on March 4, 1969 in Los Angeles, California. He is an American character actor and activist, and the only child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher. He is best known for his work on American Horror Story and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

An acclaimed author, ...

13. Hailie Sahar

Actress | Pose

A native to Los Angeles, Hailie Sahar started her career at an early age as a SparKid dancer for the WNBA Sparks. Fast forward to 2018, Hailie will soon be seen in FX's upcoming drama, Pose, as a series regular.

Hailie's film debut was in the musical Leave It On the Floor, and she soon snagged her ...

14. Asia Kate Dillon

Actor | John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Asia Kate Dillon was born on November 15, 1984 in Ithaca, New York, USA. They are known for playing Brandy Epps in Orange Is the New Black (2013) and Taylor Mason in Billions (2016). Their role on Billions is the first gender non-binary character shown on American television. Dillon is non-binary ...

15. Lachlan Watson

Actor | Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Lachlan Watson is an American actor, born and raised in Raleigh, NC. Lachlan was homeschooled from preschool through their graduation from High School. Lachlan got an early start acting in local Raleigh theater companies and working with their family in community theater productions. Lachlan played...

16. Leo Sheng

Actor | Adam

Born in Hunan, China, Sheng grew up outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He studied sociology at the University of Michigan and graduated in 2017. While there, Sheng wrote and directed two student films, both of which were shown at the Michigan Theater. His first work, Adam (2018), is an example of his ...

17. Alex Newell

Actor | Geography Club

Alex Newell was born on August 20, 1992 in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, known for Geography Club (2013), Glee (2009) and Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2020).

18. Ian Alexander

Actor | The Last of Us: Part II

Ian Alexander is an actor and writer, known for The Last of Us: Part II (2020), The OA (2016) and Star Trek: Discovery (2017).

19. Brian Michael Smith

Actor | 9-1-1: Lone Star

Brian Michael Smith was born in Ann Arbor, MI. He is an actor known for roles in 9-1-1 Lone Star, Queen Sugar and The L Word: Generation Q.

After appearances on TV shows such as NBC's Chicago P.D., HBO's Girls, and Showtime's Homeland, Smith rose to prominence for his ground-breaking performances on...

20. Amiyah Scott

Actress | Star

Amiyah Scott is an actress, known for Star (2016).

21. Octavia St. Laurent

Actress | The Saint of Fort Washington

Octavia St. Laurent was born on March 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), Paris Is Burning (1990) and Octavia Saint Laurent: Queen of the Underground (1993). She died on May 17, 2009 in Queens, New York City.

22. Trace Lysette

Actress | Hustlers

Trace Lysette is an actress and producer, known for Hustlers (2019), Transparent (2014) and Colors of Ava.

23. Our Lady J

Producer | Pose

Our Lady J is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer, known for her writing on Pose and Transparent. Before Lady J's career in television, she toured the world as a pianist for pop, theatre, and classical music (Sia, American Ballet Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Group). Our Lady J holds the honor of ...

24. Andreja Pejic

Actress | The Girl in the Spider's Web

Andreja Pejic was born on August 28, 1991 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina as Andrej Pejic. She is an actress, known for The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018), Habit (2021) and The Other Me.

25. Ian Harvie

Actor | Transparent

Ian Harvie is an American actor, comedian, and writer known best for his work on "Transparent" on Amazon, "Mistresses" on ABC, "Young and Hungry" on Freeform, and Will & Grace on NBC. Harvie also starred along side Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Jordan Harrison's play "Log Cabin", off Broadway in New York...

26. Jen Richards

Actress | Her Story

Jen Richards is an actress and writer, known for Her Story (2015), Mrs. Fletcher (2019) and Swim (2017).

27. Janet Mock

Producer | Pose

Janet Mock is a writer, director and executive producer for the FX series "Pose" and the Netflix limited series "Hollywood." She's also a producer and director of the Netflix comedy, "The Politician." She's written two bestselling memoirs, Redefining Realness (2014) and Surpassing Certainty (2017) ...

28. Jake Graf

Writer | Dusk

Jake Graf is a London based actor, writer and director who has been creating his own content since 2011. Working independently, Jake has developed a wealth of experience in all aspects of filmmaking, and his extensive catalogue of self-auteured work over that time is testament to his passion and ...

29. Jake Zyrus

Actor | Here Comes the Boom

Jake Zyrus (known as Charice Pempengco prior to his gender transition) was born in Cabuyao, Philippines. When he was three years old, he witnessed his abusive father point a gun at his mom during an episode of domestic violence. Along with his mother and younger brother Carl, they left their father...



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