April Ashley

English model and restaurant hostess, born 1935.

April Ashley, MBE (born George Jamieson; 29 April 1935) is an English model and restaurant hostess. She was one the first British people to be outed as a transsexual, this was done by the Sunday People in 1961.[1][2]

April Ashley
An Evening With April Ashley at the Southbank Centre4.jpg
George Jamieson

(1935-04-29) 29 April 1935 (age 85)
Liverpool, England
Spouse(s)Arthur Corbett (m. 1963-1970, annulled)
Jeffrey West (m. 1980s - ?)

She is also known as one of the first British people to undergo sex reassignment surgery, after racing driver and World War II fighter pilot Roberta Cowell, and the ninth in the world to have the surgery.[3][4]


  1. Stanford, Peter (24 November 2009). "April Ashley 50 happy years for sex-swap pioneer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  2. The first was arguably trans man Michael Dillon in 1958 by the Daily Express.
  3. "April Ashley: the first Briton to undergo a sex change". The Independent. 2 February 2006. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  4. Morris, Matthew (27 November 2009). "A woman ahead of her time". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-30.

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