‘I face daily taunts and abuse’
CBB star Lauren Harries, 40, made a name for herself as a child prodigy on Antiques Roadshow. Back then, she was a nine-year-old antiques expert called James, who was rarely seen without his bow tie. But, aged 22, James became a woman. Lauren says she hopes that shows like Butterfly will help remove the stigma that still exists towards the transgender community. Lauren says, “I still get nasty comments, even now. You try not to let them upset you, but of course, words hurt. “A drama like Butterfly will show the average person, who may not know anyone who is transgender, that we are people, too, and that we deserve acceptance. I hope it gives a real insight into the physical and psychological impact the experience has.
“I also hope that it encourages parents to have a conversation with their children to let them know that being transgender is OK, and that their child should be open about who they truly are.
“It would have been wonderful if Butterfly was around was I was a young boy. It would have given me a way to discuss my feelings with my parents, and perhaps, I wouldn’t have felt so alone.”
As James in 1991