Riley Carter looks very different to his days as Kyle Slater on EastEnders
Riley Carter Millington, 27, who was the first ever trans actor on a UK soap, looks totally different now. He embarked on a weight loss journey and has been on testosterone for nine years now.
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EastEnders ‘ actor Riley Carter Millington has drastically changed since appearing on the show six years ago.
The 27-year-old who played Kyle Slater made history as the first transgender actor to play a trans role in a British soap.
Riley joined Walford in 2015 and played Stacey Fowler’s long-lost half brother. He then departed a year later after his character took a job in France.
After departing the soap he embarked on a weight-loss journey that saw him stick to a 400 calorie a day diet on TLC’s Celebrity Fat Fighters.
Riley has continued to stay in shape and is very open about his transformation on social media.
Showing off his toned bod in a video he wrote in the caption: “Don’t say you can’t change.
Riley Carter Millington has been open about his body transformation (
Riley joined EastEnders in 2015
“Because you can. It can take time but you will get there. I’m still on my journey but loving me more each day. #happy #Loveyourself #weightlosstransformation.”
He’s also a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and recently posted a ‘then and now’ snap of himself with the caption: “How it started v how it’s going. (A few weeks on T v 9 years on T)”
He shared his experiences as a trans actor, adding he found it “intrusive” when he first appeared on Albert Square.
Riley made history as the first transgender person on a UK soap (
He explained: “When I went to university to study acting I was in my own little world, trying to be stealth. I was new into my transition and my main focus was just trying to get on with life and, in a way, avoid those feelings and emotions that are attached to it.
“When I got the role on EastEnders people knew, suddenly, who I was, my identity. They had those questions in their mind regarding my body. It was, at times, quite intrusive.
“But now I see the bigger picture. I have a great life. I’ve been really fortunate, in comparison to a lot of people. I’ve never received or had to deal with harassment, bullying, things like that.”
He embarked on a weight loss journey after he left the soap (
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Fans recently spotted him in Channel 4’s new prison drama Screw where he’s playing the role of Troy Walker, a trans man in a men’s jail.
He recently spoke out against JK Rowling and her controversial tweets about the transgender community.
After he was asked whether he thought the writer should apologise for her tweets he said on Loose Women: “I personally believe that for many people an apology would be the most affective thing.
“Personally though, if she’s not understanding why she’s apologising if she doesn’t mean it then I wouldn’t want an apology.