Jeffrey Carlson

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Jeffrey Carlson
Born (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975 (age 43)
Long Beach, California
Education UC Davis (BA 1997)
Juilliard School (2001)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Jeffrey Carlson (born June 23, 1975) is a Broadway, film, television actor and singer, best known for his role as the transgender Zarf/Zoe on the long-running daytime soap opera All My Children.[1]


Carlson was born in Long Beach, California. His mother named him Jeffrey because she was a fan of All My Children and of the character Jeff Martin on the show. He studied acting at the University of California Davis, where he graduated in 1997[2] with a B.A. in dramatic art. Carlson then trained at New York City's Juilliard School as a member of the Drama Division's Group 30 (1997–2001).[3]


Carlson debuted on Broadway in Edward Albee's The Goat or Who is Sylvia? in 2002[4] and also appeared in the Broadway revival of Tartuffe in 2003. He later appeared in the short-lived Boy George Broadway musical Taboo in 2003 and 2004.[4] He was nominated for the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for the role of Marilyn in Taboo. In 2005, he had a small role as Egon in the Will Smith romantic comedy Hitch. In August 2006, he appeared in a daytime role on All My Children, as a British rock star named Zarf. In late November 2006, he returned to the role. In the course of the storyline, Zarf was revealed to be a transgender woman named Zoe, who also happened to be a lesbian.[1] All My Children won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Daily Drama in 2007 for this storyline. He appeared in the title role of Lorenzaccio at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and returned in June 2008 to play Hamlet.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Applause, Applause". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "Class Notes". UC Davis Magazine. University of California Davis. Fall 2002. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Jeffrey Carlson, Q&A Interview: Buzz
  5. ^ Simonson, Robert (May 1, 2007). "Brief Encounter With Jeffrey Carlson". 

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