Fictional Transgender Characters

Top 8 Fictional Transgender Characters

While some of these hit films and series are about TS dating and discovering one’s true identity, others are gloomy or even comedic. Anyways, diversity is what makes them truly amazing, so take the time to explore these 10 fictional characters that left their mark in cinematic history.

#1 Sophia Burset (Orange is the New Black)

Laverne Cox is openly a transgender woman and the LGBT rights advocate who plays the role of a transgender inmate called Sophia Burset who is estranged from her son in this Netflix’s hit series.

#2 Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs)

The Silence of the Lambs is definitely the 90s classic in which Ted Levine interprets the role of a transgender male named Buffalo Bill who kills his female victims in order to make a suit out of their skins. The film won 5 Academy Awards!

#3 Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

This motion picture depicts the life of Hedwig (played by John Cameron Mitchell), the leader of the punk-rock band who is going through a series of romantic failures with her lovers. Mitchell won a Golden Globe for his great performance.

#4 Bree Osbourne (Transamerica)

The Desperate Housewives’ star, Felicity Huffman, plays Bree Osbourne, a pre-op transgender woman in this 2005 drama. She’s struggling to connect with her son in this film, which brought her Golden Globe Award as well as an Academy Award nomination.

#5 Maura Pfefferman (Transparent)

An outstanding Jeffrey Tambor plays Mort Pfefferman, the father of three, who decides to transition to his new female identity, Maura Pfefferman. What makes this film great is that it tackles the subject of transition at an older age, 70 in this particular case.

#6 Dil (The Crying Game)

Another film that became an instant classic all the way back in the 90s. Jaye Davidson was nominated for the Academy Award for this movie in which she plays a transgender girl named Dil who gets involved with an IRA soldier.

#7 Cindy McCauliff (Ally McBeal)

Except for being famous for the role of Dr. Lisa Cuddy in tv series House M.D. Lisa Edelstein also played a transwoman in above-mentioned hit series that won several Golden Globe Awards.

#8 Roberta Muldoon (The World According to Garp)

This 1982 film brought an Academy Award nomination to John Lithgow back in the day. He plays Roberta Muldoon, an ex-professional footballer who also happens to be transgender.