Increasingly desperate about having a male rather than female
puberty, he attempted
suicide before being allowed to have hormone treatment and
began taking female hormones age 14 - illegally provided to her by members
of the trans community. Age 18 she changed her name to Talisa Garcia
- the forename is after
an actress who featured as a Bond girl in the recently realised movie A
Licence to Kill, and the surname is her mother's maiden name. After having SRS at the young age
19 she began a career as a minor actress
and model. This was brought to an abrupt halt
in 1993 when the Sun newspaper linked the attractive model to her
male past. This was rapidly followed by a flurry of newspaper
and magazines articles that featured pictures from old photo shoots.
Her shocked boyfriend of four years,
Terry, said that he
had never had the slightest suspicion that Talisa was a post-SRS transexual.
His only complaint had been that she often didn't
wear any panties under her dresses and she was always wanting
sex! Sadly Terry could no longer accept Talisa
as a woman
and previous talk of marriage was void.
moved to Spain for while, presumably to recover mentally and let passage of time heal
and dim memories. After returning to
London she eventually (perhaps 1998) entered a serious relationship with another
boyfriend, and they possibly even married. Talisa tried to go stealth
as her new boyfriend / husband and family had no idea that she was a
transsexual. She appealed for
websites to remove information about her, saying: "This is a long and
painful road for me. I need to [make my old self] not even exist.
I now have a loving family and I am so scared of losing everything that I
always dreamed of."
In 2003 she re-launched her career as an actress when she graduated with an MA in acting from
the Arts Educational School London. A number of
minor acting roles soon followed, e.g. in the TV series Doctors. In 2004 she appeared in
the long running BBC
crime drama Silent Witness as the transsexual woman Suzanne Bradley in the two episodes
"Body 21" - it's unclear whether the casting team knew of her past,
but probably not as she was still trying to live stealth at this time.
Sadly her marriage/relationship presumably ended after about seven years as in
July 2005 she was again out'ed, this time by the Sunday People
newspaper in relation to an affair she was having with television presenter
John Leslie - much to the annoyance of his pregnant girlfriend, Rachel
Bentley. Talisa featured in several other newspaper
articles, in one she admits "I want sex all the time - you could say I'm a
bit of a sex maniac ... I know my body turned him [John] on. Many men
say it's the best they have ever seen."
Talisa in Baptiste
Talisa continued to try to develop her acting career, and finally landed her
first major role as the criminal Kim Voge in the BBC TV series Baptiste,
shown in early 2019. It's
eventually revealed in the series that Kim is a post-operative transsexual, and
the press pack
confirms that Talisa is also a transgender actress, although it generously gives her age
as being 45 - rather than the actual 48 or 49.
Talisa has since won a major role in the film Decrypt, expected to be
released in 2020.