Fast Facts

  • Although she was eliminated after just two episodes when she competed on Season 1 of the VH1 show I Want to Work for Diddy, her appearance led to her own makeover reality show, TRANSform Me.
  • Time magazine put Sophia Burset, played by Cox on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black, on its list of the Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013.
  • Has a twin brother, M. Lamar, who has appeared on Orange Is the New Black as Sophia before her gender reassignment surgery.
  • Ellen Page presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Cox for her work both on and off screen at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
  • Graced the cover of the June 9, 2014 issue of Time magazine, becoming the first transgender person to do so.


  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • M. Lamar — Brother
  • Gloria J. Cox — Mother


  • Attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States; Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Dance)

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  • Birth Place: Mobile, Alabama, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Public speaker, Producer, Transgender advocate
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