Transsexual actress joins mainstream American drama

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American transsexual actress Candis Cayne will feature in the new U.S. prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money.

Cayne a well-known performer in New York City will play Carmelita, the transsexual lover of married Senator Patrick Darling, played by Billy Baldwin.

The series created by Craig Wright tells the story of a young lawyer who goes to work for the Darlings, a rich, powerful and corrupt New York family. Carmelita is a recurring character in the series, which debuts on American screens tomorrow night.

Cayne dreams of winning an Emmy and considers her move into the mainstream a step in the right direction.

“It’s kind of funny that I was here [Los Angeles] last weekend for the Emmys, because I remember last year sitting and watching the Emmy Awards and I was almost a little depressed.

Like, Wow, I’ve always wanted that since I was little, and I’ve always want to experience that. And so, maybe now that could happen one day.” Candis told Femail First.

Cayne was born Brendan McDaniel in Maui, Hawaii. Candis Cayne initially debuted as a drag act in New York’s Boy Bar. She began the gender reassignment process in 1996. Cayne has appeared in several television and film roles both as herself and as an actress. Credits include parts in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Stonewall and Mob Queen.