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7de Laan casts its first transgender actor

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Popular South African soapie, 7de Laan has cast its first ever transgender actor.

According to TshisaLIVE, Deonay Balie – a primary school teacher who has now become an actress landed a role on the Afrikaans soapie after they got hold of her via Facebook.

"I'm in my 3rd year education studies at Unisa and I have been teaching at this school while I am studying. 7de Laan contacted me via Facebook to audition for the role and within an hour I got a call that I got the part," Balie told TshisaLIVE.

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In the soapie, Balie plays Genevieve Du Preez – who made her first appearance this past Tuesday.

TshisaLIVE adds that the character of Genevieve comes into the story to take part in a beauty pageant.

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