I wanted to be a boy, says Fleabag star: Phoebe Waller-Bridge reveals she would have ‘jumped’ at the chance of becoming transgender as a six-year-old girl

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 33, has revealed she wanted to be a boy as a child
  • The actress, who starred in Fleabag, shaved her hair and asked to be called ‘Alex’
  • But at the age of 11 she asked to be called Phoebe again and ‘discovered’ boys

She is the writer of Killing Eve who was recruited by James Bond producers to bring 007 out of his sexist ways.

And now Phoebe Waller-Bridge has revealed that she was such a tomboy as a youngster that she would have ‘jumped’ at the chance of becoming transgender.

The actress, 33, who also starred in Fleabag, said that she shaved off her hair, began wearing boys’ clothing and demanded that her parents call her ‘Alex’ when she was six.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has revealed that she was such a tomboy as a youngster that she would have ‘jumped’ at the chance of becoming transgender


Phoebe Waller-Bridge has revealed that she was such a tomboy as a youngster that she would have ‘jumped’ at the chance of becoming transgender

Asked if that meant she would be considered trans today, she said: ‘I mean there’s the tomboy kind of thing… I was fervent about it when I was younger.

‘I just desperately wanted to be a boy more than anything else. If it had been taken seriously by my school or those options had been given to me, I probably would’ve jumped at it.’

Phoebe said she recalled being mistaken for a boy when she was aged about 11 and being delighted about it.

However, she told America’s NPR radio that she began asking friends and family to call her Phoebe again when she went to boarding school at 11.

She said she still has ‘the same impulse’ to be a boy, adding: ‘I feel more comfortable in a hoodie and jeans than in little kitten heels and a flowy skirt.’ Pictured, Fiona Shaw, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Cromer at the BAFTA Television Awards

She said she still has ‘the same impulse’ to be a boy, adding: ‘I feel more comfortable in a hoodie and jeans than in little kitten heels and a flowy skirt.’ Pictured, Fiona Shaw, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Cromer at the BAFTA Television Awards

‘I wasn’t thinking about either being a boy or being a girl,’ she added. ‘But then I discovered boys in a big way… That was the kind of crossover point.’

She said she still has ‘the same impulse’ to be a boy, adding: ‘I feel more comfortable in a hoodie and jeans than in little kitten heels and a flowy skirt.’

Her comments will reignite the debate about whether tomboyish girls are being encouraged to see themselves as trans.

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