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BBC casts trans actress to star in UK’s first trans sitcom

Could Rebecca Root become Britain's answer to Laverne Cox?
Rebecca Root will star in the pilot for UK's first transgender sitcom.
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A transgender actress is to star in Britain’s first sitcom featuring a transgender character.

Rebecca Root has already filmed Boy Meets Girl's pilot, a romantic comedy that follows the developing relationship between 26-year-old Leo and 40-year-old Judy.

And Judy, like Root, will be transgender.

Created by Elliott Kerrigan, the script was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award.

The 2013 BBC talent search offered comedy writers up to £5000 ($8300, €6200) for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

Described as ‘funny, sensitive and progressive’, the BBC is hoping Boy Meets Girl will become a mainstream comedy success in the style of Gavin & Stacey.

While casting is yet to be confirmed for the full series, the BBC is committed to having a transgender actress playing the role of Judy.

The series will be shot and set around Manchester.

Root, while working as a stand-up comic and actress, is also a renowned vocal coach that helps many trans people find a voice to fit their gender.

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