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10 Famous Transgender Actors You Should Know About

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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 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? For more, check out some of the most famous transgender people and the best transgender films.

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    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.

    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Portland, Maine
    • Gender: Male
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    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."

    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    • Gender: Male

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    Riley Carter Millington

    Riley Carter Millington – who is best known for his role in EastEnders – is the first transgender actor to portray a trans character in a British soap opera.

    • Buck Angel

      Transgender actor Buck Angel has appeared in many adult films.

      • Age: 48
      • Birthplace: California, United States of America
      • Gender: Male