Comic Eddie Izzard has said she was aware that she was trans as a schoolkid in Northern Ireland.
Eddie - who now wishes to be referred to as she and her - lived in Bangor for four years until the age of five.
She said: “We were living in Northern Ireland, it was a wonderful time.
“And people if you are from the UK you might go, ‘Northern Ireland, surely that was the Troubles?
“But we were there from 1964 to 1967, just before the Troubles really lit up and I was too young to know all that politics anyway.
“So my mum was still alive, she died very soon after we left, she died in ‘68.
“And some people say that’s linked to being trans but it isn’t, it really isn’t, because I knew beforehand. I think it’s just built in.”
Eddie (58) and her family lived in Ashford Drive in Bangor, Co Down when her dad was working for BP in Belfast at the time.
She told the Life, Interrupted podcast that while growing up here she would flip between speaking with a Northern Irish accent outside the home, but an English one in it.
She said: “So we were playing with the kids, I am this Tom Boy / Tom Girl figure, so running about and doing the things and throwing mud balls at people and whatever things you get up to as a small kid.
“I’m in this tiny little gang of somewhere between four-year-olds and eight or nine-year-olds, I loved doing all that.
“So I’m going to Ballyholme Primary School and I sounded like this (puts on a Northern Irish accent) when I was three, four and five.
“We actually talked like this, me and my brother, in real life.
“But back in the house, we went back to English.
“We would slip between English in the house and a Northern Irish accent when we were out of the house.
“That’s kids surviving - sounding like the other kids in the street and sounding like your parents inside the house.”
And Eddie said that when a boy wearing his sister’s dress became a part of the gang of kids playing together it had an effect on her.
She explained: “A new family had come in and there were sisters and one of the kids there was wearing a dress that the other girls had given him.
“The boy wearing the dress in our kind of gang - because we didn’t know these people, they were new people coming in - but I remember these little kids, I must have been about four or five.
“And I remember there was laughter, there was mocking laughter, and I remember thinking, ‘Well that sounds really good to me.’
"You know, I’d be quite happy to be a girl, what’s going on there?
“If I looked very much like a woman I could wear anything and it wouldn’t be so much of a bother, you could throw on anything.
“Marilyn Monroe - they did a picture of her in a potato sack I think and she looked very much like a woman and her feminine self.
“And it’s a thing if your biological body is giving different signals to how it is in the brain but I do feel gender fluid, I have got boy genetics and girl genetics, so I call it boy mode and girl mode.
“I’m now based in girl mode as a trans woman so now that pronouns have come out and people and organisations are calling for me to be she, it feels like a promotion and I’m very happy with that.”