Hit Foxtel drama Wentworth doesn’t shy away from being groundbreaking, but it’s usually the edgy and ultra-violent scripts that grab the headlines.
But today one of the cast members has become news in her own right, with actress Daniielle Alexis coming out as transgender on social media.
The star, who plays Dana Malouf on the drama, says she’s thrilled to share with fans the full truth of her life.
"I have lived in silence for over 12 years - not pretending to be somebody else - but frightened to come out with the whole truth," she wrote to her fans.
"I have lived two lives as two people and lived a journey that not many people would understand. Over a year ago I decided to myself that I would have the courage to not only stand up for my LGBT community and transgender rights, but that I would follow my dream to be an actress and know that, to do that, my past would come out in the media."
Seemingly skipping over veteran transgender star Carlotta’s groundbreaking turn in TV drama Number 96, Daniielle is very proud to be out and on Wentworth.
"I am now officially AUSTRALIAS FIRST EVER TRANSGENDER TELEVISION ACTRESS and so proud of my title," she wrote.
"All I have wanted is acceptance and love and whilst I am ready for the haters I've already got the biggest team of lovers behind me. So thank you. I love you and and most of all I love ME ❤ ps thank u to Fremantle Media for believing in me (I'm not a star) but I will be one day :)"
This article originally appeared on New Idea
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