I am a gender non-conforming, transgender identified actor living in Oakland CA.  I strive to be visible in my identity as queer actor in hopes to provide queer youth and queer communities with the potential of seeing someone who looks like them/us.  I began my love of acting as a little, black queer kid in Kentucky fantasizing about being someone else in a body that fit as an adult, acting often provided that opportunity.

leahairdownsmile_MG_7633Height:  5’11”                                    Hair/Eyes: Black/Brown                                   Weight:  195



Representation:  Eileen O’Farrell Personal Management (L.A.)


As an actor, I want to see more visibility for queer, gender non-conforming artists.   I was discovered on the Butch Casting Project, and made my NYC theater premier  as “Officer Ruffins,” the town cop, in Room For Cream, La Mama ETC.’s long running lesbian serial (prod. by the Dyke Division of Two-Headed Calf).  My theater and film career continued in NYC ranging from downtown theater and a run at both WOW Cafe and LaMama to a small role in High Maintenance before moving to the west coast.  In Oakland, I have been in several short films and one feature and I am currently developing a webseries, Butches Doing Butchy Things and a short creature feature love story, Dark Sky.

Hollywood House Audition Tape

2017 Demo Reel

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