Richard O'Brien

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Richard O'Brien
Date of birth 25 March 1942
Place of birth Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nationality English
Gender identity "in between" male and female; "70% male 30% female"
Occupation Actor, writer, musician
Known for The Rocky Horror Show

Richard O'Brien (born 25 March 1942) is an English writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. O'Brien is known for writing the cult musical The Rocky Horror Show and for presenting the popular TV show The Crystal Maze. In a 2009 interview O'Brien spoke about an ongoing struggle to reconcile cultural gender roles and self-described as being transgender or possible third sex. O'Brien stated, "There is a continuum between male and female. Some are hard-wired one way or another, I’m in between."[1] O'Brien expounded on this in a 2013 interview which covered using oestrogen for the previous decade, and identifying as 70% male 30% female.[2]

Controversially, Richard has openly said, regarding trans women, "I think anybody who decides to take the huge step with a sex change deserves encouragement and a thumbs-up. As long as they're happy and fulfilled, I applaud them to my very last day. But you can't ever become a natural woman", only "an idea of a woman."[3]


External Links


  1. Richard O’Brien: ‘Society should not dictate gender’, Pink News, 18th August 2009
  2. Richard O'Brien: ‘I'm 70% man', BBC News, 18 March 2013
  3. Gilbey, Ryan (5 November 2020). "Rocky Horror's Richard O'Brien: 'I should be dead. I've had an excessive lifestyle'". the Guardian. Retrieved 5 November 2020.