Rupert Everett and Madonna in the film The Next Best Thing.

London - As a child, he dressed up in girls’ clothes all the time and longed to be a woman.

But actor Rupert Everett has warned parents against seeking gender reassignment surgery for their children. Everett, 57, said he ‘wanted to be a girl’ when he was younger, but after the age of 15 he completely lost his former desire to be female.

He told The Sunday Times magazine he dressed exclusively in dresses and skirts from the age of six to 14, adding: ‘I really wanted to be a girl. Thank God the world of now wasn’t then, because I’d be on hormones and I’d be a woman. After I was 15 I never wanted to be a woman again.’

The actor, who is gay, said transgender children who are now able to start hormone treatment with their parents’ consent could grow up to regret it.

‘It’s nice to be allowed to express yourself, but the hormone thing, very young, is a big step.

‘I think a lot of children have an ambivalence when they’re very young to what sex they are or what they feel about everyone. And there should be a way of embracing it.’

Daily Mail