|Occupation(s)||writer, actress, producer, activist|
Jen Richards is a transgender American writer, actress, producer and activist.
Life and career
Richards was born in Mississippi and resides in North Carolina. She graduated from Shimer College with a BA in Philosophy, and studied at Oxford University.
In 2015, she appeared as a supporting cast member of Caitlyn Jenner's reality show I Am Cait. In 2016, she co-starred, co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the web series Her Story, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. Richards also co-produced the series More Than T and wrote the Trans 102 series.
Richards joined the cast of the television series Nashville in 2017. She became the first openly transgender person to appear on a CMT show, playing the first transgender character to appear on that network. Richards also appeared in the 2017 film Easy Living.
In June 2017, Richards wrote and appeared in a video open letter, presented by ScreenCrush and GLAAD, featuring trans actors asking for better representation in film and television.
In August 2018, HBO announced a series pickup of Tom Perrotta's Mrs. Fletcher, a half-hour comedy based on Perrotta's 2017 novel of the same name; Richards is cast as Margo Fairchild, a transgender community college writing teacher, as a series regular.
Richards is bisexual. In August 2020, she announced her engagement to Rebekah Cheyne, a professor from Arizona State University.
|2015||I Am Cait||Self||7 episodes|
|2016||Her Story||Violet||Main role, also writer and producer. Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series|
|2016–2017||Nashville||Allyson Del Lago||3 episodes|
|2017||Doubt||McKayla||Episode: "Clean Burn"|
|2017–2022||Better Things||Jaia||5 episodes|
|2018||Take My Wife||Naomi||Episode 2.1|
|2018–2020||Blindspot||Sabrina Larren||3 episodes|
|2019||Tales of the City||Anna Madrigal||2 episodes|
|Mrs. Fletcher||Margo Fairchild||7 episodes|
|2021||Clarice||Julia Lawson||3 episodes|
|2023||Mayfair Witches||Jojo||8 episodes|
|2020||Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen||Self||Documentary Film|
|MK Ultra||Laura Stanley|
- ^ a b Betts, Stephen L. (September 13, 2016). "Transgender Actress Jen Richards Joins Cast of 'Nashville'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
- ^ Heinichen, Claire (September 13, 2016). "Emmy Nominated Writer, Producer and Actress Jen Richards Joining Cast of Nashville". CMT News. CMT. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- ^ Anderson, Tre'vell (January 19, 2016). "'Her Story' creators Jen Richards and Laura Zak highlight dating while transgender". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- ^ Stafford, Zach (August 10, 2016). "Her Story: the transgender-themed web series up for a 'shock' Emmy". The Guardian. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- ^ Petski, Denise (September 13, 2016). "'Nashvile' Casts Transgender Actor Jen Richards In Recurring Role". Deadline Hollywood.
- ^ Yohannes, Alamin (September 13, 2016). "Actress Jen Richards Is Headed to 'Nashville'". NBC News. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- ^ Valentini, Valentina (March 23, 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: Jen Richard Pushes Hollywood Forward With 'Easy Living' and 'Nashville'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- ^ Reynolds, Daniel (June 20, 2017). "Trans Actors Ask Hollywood for Roles With Dignity and Depth in Open Letter". The Advocate. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- ^ ScreenCrush (June 20, 2017). "Why Hollywood Needs Trans Actors". Retrieved June 21, 2017 – via YouTube.
- ^ Travees, Ben (21 August 2018). "'Mrs. Fletcher': HBO Orders Tom Perrotta's Comedy Series Starring Kathryn Hahn, Directed by Nicole Holofcener". Indiewire.com. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- ^ Reddish, David (2019-12-09). "Transgender star Jen Richards of 'Mrs. Fletcher' on Jared Leto, Hollywood life & "Tales of the City"". Queerty. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
- ^ "Jen Richards on Instagram: "I posted an ad on @lex.app one evening, and it just so happened that @bekahdc couldn't sleep that night, and had unknowingly turned off…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
- ^ "Rebekah Cheyne". herbergerinstitute.asu.edu. 2020-09-29. Archived from the original on 2021-06-27. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
- Living people
- Bisexual women
- Actresses from Mississippi
- Shimer College alumni
- American television writers
- American television producers
- American women television producers
- American film actresses
- American television actresses
- American screenwriters
- Transgender actresses
- LGBT people from Mississippi
- American women television writers
- American LGBT screenwriters
- LGBT producers
- Bisexual actresses
- 21st-century American actresses
- 21st-century American screenwriters
- 21st-century American women writers
- American bisexual actors
- American transgender writers
- American bisexual writers