Hollyoaks star Talia Grant changes their name to Tylan after coming out as non-binary

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Hollyoaks star Talia Grant changes their name to Tylan … after coming out as non-binary last year

Hollyoaks star Talia Grant has changed their name to Tylan.

The soap star – whose parents were the former Fame Academy that David and Carrie Grant coach and came out as non-binary last year – updated their Instagram bio to reflect the change on Wednesday.

It now says: ‘tylan gives Planetarium to he / she the arrow and the heart, growing and growing ~ ready for a revolution! ~ currently plays Brooke on @hollyoaksofficial [sic]

Announcement: Hollyoaks star Talia Grant has changed their name to Tylan ... after coming out as non-binary last year

Announcement: Hollyoaks star Talia Grant has changed their name to Tylan … after coming out as non-binary last year

Changes: Tylan updated their Instagram bio to reflect the name change on Wednesday

Changes: Tylan updated their Instagram bio to reflect the name change on Wednesday

Changes: Tylan updated their Instagram bio to reflect the name change on Wednesday

Tylan plays Brooke Hathaway in the soap and became the first autistic character to be played by an autistic actor.

And last week, Tylan wished everyone a happy week for autism.

They wrote on Instagram: ‘Happy Autism Awareness Week. my needs are not only ‘special’, they are mandatory !!!! love for all my autistic and neurodivergent ppl <3 [sic]

In December, Tylan said coming out as non-binary was their “ biggest achievement ” of 2020.

“Coming out to people has probably been the greatest achievement, coming out as non-binary, that has probably been one of the greatest transitions in my life and also the greatest achievement,” they said.

Six months later: Tylan and came out as non-binary last year

Six months later: Tylan and came out as non-binary last year

Six months later: Tylan and came out as non-binary last year

Onscreen: Tylan plays Brooke on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks

Onscreen: Tylan plays Brooke on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks

Onscreen: Tylan plays Brooke on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks

In July last year, Tylan insisted that black people be treated as ‘disposable’ within the TV industry.

They said, ‘It’s amazing there is a black cast and all of us and there is that diversity, but I can’t help but feel that sometimes in the industry and in life in general they treat black people like we’re throwaway .

‘They can take advantage of us without actually doing the real work behind the scenes.

In the family: The soap star's parents are former Fame Academy coaches David and Carrie Grant [pictured in guest roles on Hollyoaks]

In the family: The soap star's parents are former Fame Academy coaches David and Carrie Grant [pictured in guest roles on Hollyoaks]

In the family: The soap star’s parents are former Fame Academy coaches David and Carrie Grant [pictured in guest roles on Hollyoaks]

Revelation: In December, Tylan said coming out as non-binary was their 'biggest achievement' of 2020

Revelation: In December, Tylan said coming out as non-binary was their 'biggest achievement' of 2020

Revelation: In December, Tylan said coming out as non-binary was their ‘biggest achievement’ of 2020

“It’s great for us to be in a high position, but the revolution will not be changed by diversity training or racism training.

‘It will be changed as people change their attitudes and the way the structural system works.

‘I’m immensely grateful to Hollyoaks, especially with my autism, because they really put in that effort – they all went to training and I felt really accepted and understood and I was finally in a place where people didn’t consider me a problem.

“It is people’s outlook and attitudes that need to change.”

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