|Born||(1971-08-29) August 29, 1971 (age 49)
Maui, Hawaii, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, performance artist|
|Partner(s)||Marco McDermott (2002–2010)|
Candis Cayne (born August 29, 1971) is an American actress and performance artist.
Cayne performed in New York City nightclubs in drag since the 1990s, and came out as transgender in 1996; Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money.
The role makes Cayne the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in primetime.
She has a fraternal twin brother named Dylan.
Their parents taught at a Waldorf School, and the family lived on campus.
She graduated from Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in Hawaii in 1989 and then spent a year in Los Angeles, where she trained as a dancer.
Cayne then moved to New York in the early 1990s, making a name for herself as a choreographer and drag performer.
About three years after her arrival in NYC, Cayne realized that the term transgender described how she felt about herself.
Already performing as "Candis Cayne" at New York gay bar Boy Bar and as a featured performer at Tour in New York's Chelsea, the entertainer also participated in Wigstock, the annual drag festival in Manhattan's East Village.
In 1995 Cayne appeared in the related documentary film Wigstock: The Movie, the comedy-drama film Stonewall, and the Universal Studios comedy feature film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! , for which she also did choreography. Julie Newmar
In 1996, she had a supporting role in the comedy-drama film Always Something Better (a.k.a. Never Look Back).
In 1997 Cayne was in a documentary called Drag Time on HBO along with many other famous New York nightlife performers.
In 2007 Cayne was cast as Annaka Manners in the 2007 RuPaul film Starrbooty.
From 2007 to 2008 Cayne played Carmelita Rainer, a trans woman having an affair with married New York Attorney General Patrick Darling (played by William Baldwin), on the ABC prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money.
She had a recurring role as the transgender character Alexis Stone in season six of Nip/Tuck.
Cayne has appeared as a judge and Dean of Dance on RuPaul's Drag U.
In 2011, she guest-starred on the TV show Necessary Roughness as Geraldine.
Cayne appeared in the 2020 documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen.
She also hosted the third edition of Werq the World's livestreamed series.
Activism and personal life
Cayne began transitioning circa 1996.
Cayne has stated, "I'm not trying to be a spokeswoman for the transgender community; I just want to be looked at as a living, breathing, happy human being."
In August 2015, Candis Cayne teamed up with the global LGBT social network MOOVZ as the new global creative director.
For over eight years, ending in 2010, Cayne was in a relationship with DJ Marco McDermott, to whom she referred as her husband.
During that time, she helped raise McDermott's daughter, Satori, from a previous relationship.
|1995||Wigstock: The Movie||Herself||Credited as Brendan McDaniel|
|1995||To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar||Candis Cayne||Credited as Brendan McDaniel|
|1996||Always Something Better||Billee|
|1997||Drag Time||Candis Cayne|
|1998||Mob Queen||Glorice Kalsheim|
|1999||In the Closet||N/A|
|2006||My Heart Belongs to Data||Candis||Short film|
|2008||Libanesa Loira||Libanesa||Portuguese language|
|2011||Making The Boys||Herself|
|2012||Groom's Cake||Candis||Short film|
|2020||Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen||Herself||Documentary film|
|2007||CSI: NY||Quentin Conrad||Episode "The Lying Game"|
|2008||Sordid Lives: The Series'||Therapist #19||Episode "An Audacious Affair"|
|2007–08||Dirty Sexy Money||Carmelita Rainer||11 episodes|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Alexis Stone||2 episodes|
|2010||Drop Dead Diva||Allison Webb||Episode "Queen of Mean"|
|2011||Necessary Roughness||Geraldine||Episode "Dream On"|
|2011||RuPaul's Drag U||Herself||Episode: "Naughty Nurses"|
|2012||She's Living for This||Herself||Episode "The Candis Cayne Episode"|
|2012–17||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||4 episodes|
|2013–14||Elementary||Ms. Hudson||3 episodes|
|2015–16||I Am Cait||Herself||15 episodes|
|2016||Heartbeat||Ava||Episode: "Permanent Glitter"|
|2017-2018||The Magicians||Fairy Queen||10 episodes|
|2017||Transparent||Jolene||Episode: “Born Again”|
|2018||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Michelle Velez||2 episodes|
|1997||"A Little Bit of Love"||RuPaul||Dancer|
|1999||"No Scrubs"||TLC||Dance teacher|
|2020||"Nerves of Steel"||Erasure||Cameo|
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candis Cayne.