Diversity is becoming an ever-more-present part of the conversation in the entertainment industry. Now is the perfect time to recognize the work of these notable transgender actors, who spread awareness of trans people and advocate for social justice and acceptance. Some famous transgender actors have recurring roles on popular television series and other talented trans actors are best known for their work in films. Many of the best-known transgender actors advocate for LGBTQ causes.
Who will you find on this list of famous transgender actors? Chaz Bono takes the number-one spot. The actor was born Chastity Sun Bono in 1969 to Cher and Sonny Bono, and began to take the surgical steps to become a man in 2008. Bono has appeared in such TV series as The Bold and the Beautiful and American Horror Story. Richard O'Brien – who wrote and co-starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show – has identified as transgender or third gender. Other trans men featured on this top transgender actors list include Riley Carter Millington, Ian Harvie, and Buck Angel.
Which transgender actor is your favorite? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
Chaz Bono was born Chastity Sun Bono in 1969, to parents Cher and Sonny Bono. The actor began to take the surgical steps to become a man in 2008. Bono has appeared in such TV series as The Bold and the Beautiful and American Horror Story, and is a frequent speaker at universities and LGBTQ events.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of Americasee more on Chaz Bono
Ian Harvie has appeared in television series including Transparent and Mistresses. The actor and comedian got his start opening for Margaret Cho on her comedy tours.see more on Ian Harvie
British actor Richard O'Brien is best known for writing The Rocky Horror Show and appearing in the film version as Riff Raff. O'Brien has identified as transgender or third gender, saying, "There is a continuum between male and female. Some are hard-wired one way or another, I’m in between."
Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdomsee more on Richard O'Brien
Riley Carter Millington
Riley Carter Millington – who is best known for his role in EastEnders – transitioned from female to male. He is the first transgender actor to portray a trans character in a British soap opera.