Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis: "I was born a boy"

WENTWORTH star Daniielle Alexis has revealed she was born a boy and used to go by the name Shayne.

The beautiful brunette, who stars as new inmate Dana Malouf in Season Five of the prison Australian drama, said "I've felt like a girl on the inside from the very start."

"Mum understood and never tried to change me. I grew my hair, wore colourful clothing, collected My Little Ponies and was dancing and performing from when I was four.

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"Dad, however, never supported my feminine pursuits, and when he bought me a yellow boy's mountain bike for my fifth birthday, I bawled my eyes out, wondering why I was being punished."

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Alexis also works part-time as a gym manager in WA but her acting gig is in Melbourne.

She said her father took a while to come to terms with her transition.

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"(Dad) got annoyed and thought I was ungrateful, but it was his way of trying to get me thinking like a boy," she told the glossy mag.

"When I dressed as a girl and wore makeup, I knew it needed to happen behind closed doors."

Alexis also revealed that when she was in year seven, she "felt different from her peers."

"His hair was long, he used the disabled bathrooms and he always sat down on the toilet," the magazine reported.

Originally published as Wentworth star comes out: 'I was born a boy'