Riley Carter on breaking gender barriers in TV | “I have to prove myself more than others”

The Open Up Podcast

Aug 21 2022 • 1 hr 5 mins

Riley Carter opens up about the legacy he created in UK Television history and the impacts he now navigates as a result, his battle to be seen beyond a 'trans' label and the importance of authentically informed story telling that would allow audiences and actors like him to communicate and exist outside of "the sad Trans story" alone.

From Stretford, England, Riley is most recognised from his role as regular character Kyle Slater in the BBC’s EASTENDERS. Riley was later named ‘No.1 most influential person in ‘The independent on Sunday’s 2015 rainbow list’ marking the first time a transgender man has been honoured. They wrote: ‘’Our judges felt his decision the play the character Kyle in EastEnders could help trans people - even save lives - and represents a landmark cultural moment’’.

Since leaving EastEnders, Riley has performed on stage at the London Theatre Workshop and the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End and toured the UK in the highly acclaimed production of BIRDSONG. He was recently seen on screen in series 2 of THE EMILY ATACK SHOW for ITV2. He was most recently seen in new drama, SCREW for Channel 4, written by Rob Williams (Killing Eve) and directed by Tom Vaughan.

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