Laverne Cox stars asSophia Burset, a transgender inmate who serves as the prisons resident beautician.
Cox is an actress, producer and transgender advocate. She is the first African-American transgender woman to produce and star in her own television show, TRANSForm Me. Cox made television history when she became the first African-American transgender woman to appear on a reality television program, I Wanna Work for Diddy in 2008, for which she accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program.
In 2012 Cox garnered critical acclaim for her role in the independent feature filmMusical Chairs, directed by Susan Seidelman. Her other independent film credits include Carla, 36 Saints and The Exhibitionists. She has also had guest-starring roles on NBCs "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: SVU," as well as HBOs "Bored to Death."
As a transgender advocate, Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country.
Her powerful voice and moving story landed her a book deal with Harlequin, a memoir that will chronicle her personal journey from a misunderstood and socially unaccepted child to an acclaimed actress, speaker and advocate for the LGBTQ community.
Cox was named one of the top 50 trans-icons by the Huffington Post, one ofOutmagazines Out 100 in 2010 andMetro Sourcemagazine named her one of the 55 People We Love in 2008. In addition, Cox is the recipient of the GLAAD Steven F. Kolzak Award and the Dorian rising star award for her work in Orange is the New Black, as well as the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project. Cox resides in New York City.