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Actress best known for playing trans woman to star in new gay drama

Actress best known for playing trans woman to star in new gay drama

A British actress best known for playing a trans woman on Coronation Street will be starring in a new gay drama.

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who left the long-running soap earlier this year, will star in Russell T Davies new series Cucumber.

The man who created Queer As Folk will be writing the new drama focusing on gay life in the 21st century.

It will focus on 46-year-old Henry, played by The Thick Of It star Vincent Franklin, and his boyfriend Lance, played by The Bill’s Cyril Nri.

After a disastrous date night, Henry’s life changes forever.

Hesmondhalgh will play Henry’s sister Cleo, who juggles her career with her three children, and is carrying her own secrets.

Currently filming in Manchester, the eight-part series is expected to air on Channel 4 in 2015.

The series will be accompanied by follow-up series, Banana, which will look at younger characters living in the same universe as Cucumber.

Another, Tofu, will be an online support series offering real people the chance to share their sexual experiences.

Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama, said no one looks into the heart and soul of modern relationships like Davies.

‘He paints an unflinching and forensic portrait of how our sex lives affect us all,’ he said.

‘It might be 15 years since Queer As Folk, but he has made it more than worth the wait.’