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Essex actor Lee who battled gender dysphoria tours UK bookshops ahead of role in blockbuster

PUBLISHED: 14:04 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:04 19 June 2018

Lee David Carter, from Clacton, was born Lisa.
 He came out after a long battle with gender dysphoria and began transitioning at the age of 42 Picture: GREGG BROWN

Lee David Carter, from Clacton, was born Lisa. He came out after a long battle with gender dysphoria and began transitioning at the age of 42 Picture: GREGG BROWN

An actor from Essex who penned a bestselling book about his transition from a woman to a man has appeared to sign copies of it across the UK.

Mr Carter is due to star in Final Score, which is out on September 7 Picture: GREGG BROWNMr Carter is due to star in Final Score, which is out on September 7 Picture: GREGG BROWN

Lee David Carter, who was born Lisa, hit headlines when he released Living With Lisa, which reveals how much of a toll his 40-year battle with gender dysphoria took on his mental and physical health.

As he prepares to star in Final Score, a blockbuster film featuring Piers Brosnan among other high-profile actors and actresses, Mr Carter has been busy with appearances on radio stations in the region.

These include BBC Radio Suffolk, which he appeared on earlier this year, and book signings at the Waterstones Ipswich branch.

When filming started for his documentary last summer, Lee told this newspaper how he struggled to reveal his true self for four decades.

Mr Carter when he was younger Picture: SUPPLIED BY LEE CARTER/GREGG BROWNMr Carter when he was younger Picture: SUPPLIED BY LEE CARTER/GREGG BROWN

“Nowadays though gender dysphoria, what I went through and struggled with, is more well known and more and more people are speaking out about it,” he said.

“I was in a really dark place. In my time it was never accepted and although I knew I wanted to be a man there was barely any advice out there.

“It all got a bit much when I turned 40, I just couldn’t take it any more.

“I began taking hormones and started the process, had my womb removed and had several other operations done.

Mr Carter has spoken out about his battle with gender dysphoria Picture: SUPPLIED BY LEE CARTER/GREGG BROWNMr Carter has spoken out about his battle with gender dysphoria Picture: SUPPLIED BY LEE CARTER/GREGG BROWN

He added: “I identified as a man and never really looked at men except in a friendly way.

Celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and Cher’s son Chaz Bono have helped people to talk about it more, he said.

Talking about his life before he transitioned, Mr Carter added: “It was strange to discover but from then on I knew I wanted to be with women.

“I was just living in completely the wrong body.”

Mr Carter’s book, Living With Lisa, is now available from bookshops.

He is also running a crowdfunding campaign to fund a documentary about his life. To donate, visit this link.

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