Riley Carter Millington

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Riley Carter Millington
Riley Carter Millington is an actor. He was cast as "Kyle" in Eastenders starting October 2015, making him the first trans man to play a regular transgender character in a British television soap opera.

Millington, from Stretford, studied drama at Eccles Sixth Form Centre before being cast in EastEnders.[1] Paris Lees described his casting as

"the biggest thing to happen for the transgender community in Britain this decade. ... As a pop culture moment this is massive and a sign of the times."[2]

He was listed number 1 in the Rainbow List 2015. The citation said:

"The 21-year-old is the first trans man to top the Rainbow List. After decades of directors arguing that there were not any transgender actors to cast in high-profile roles, Millington is proving them wrong. Our judges felt his decision to play the character Kyle in EastEnders could help trans people – even save lives – and represents a landmark cultural moment."[3]

References

  1. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/film-and-tv/transgender-actor-riley-carter-millington-10224918 Rhian Lubin, "Transgender actor Riley Carter Millington from Stretford to join EastEnders playing the soap's first trans character 'Kyle'". Manchester Evening News, 9 October 2015.
  2. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/who-riley-carter-millington-everything-6600436 Danny Walker, "Who is Riley Carter Millington? Everything you need to know about EastEnders' new transgender actor", Daily Mirror, 9 October 2015
  3. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/therainbowlist/rainbow-list-2015-1-to-101-a6731391.html Rainbow List 2015 Sarah Morrison, Independent on Sunday, 15 November 2015