Tommy Dorfman

Tommy Dorfman
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Dorfman in 2018, prior to her gender transition
Born (1992-05-13) May 13, 1992 (age 29)
  • Actress
  • writer
Years active2009–present
Peter Zurkuhlen
(m. 2016)
RelativesAndi Dorfman (cousin)

Tommy Dorfman (born May 13, 1992[1]) is an American actress best known for playing Ryan Shaver in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (2017).[2] In July 2021, Dorfman came out as a trans woman and began to use she/her pronouns.[3]

Early life and education

Dorfman was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia[4] to a Jewish family.[citation needed] She is a cousin of The Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman. Dorfman graduated from Fordham University's drama program in 2015 with a B.A. in theatre arts.[5][4]


After graduating from university, Dorfman was cast in the role of Ryan Shaver on the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, which premiered in 2017.[6] Also that year, she helped design a fashion collection with ASOS,[7] and, in October, was honored with the Rising Star Award by GLAAD.[5]

In the spring of 2019, Dorfman made her New York theatrical debut in The New Group's production of Jeremy O. Harris' play Daddy, directed by Danya Taymor.

Personal life

Dorfman is queer.[8] Dorfman and Peter Zurkuhlen became engaged in April 2015 and married in Portland, Maine on November 12, 2016.[9]

In November 2017, Dorfman came out as non-binary, and later changed her pronouns to they/them.[10] On July 22, 2021, Dorfman came out as a transgender woman, and updated her pronouns to she/her.[11] She revealed in an interview that she has been "privately identifying and living as a woman" for almost a year.[11][12]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Foreign Exchange Student Short film
2013 In My Skin Julian Short film
2016 i-Witness Rob Jr. Episode: "The Smith Sisters"
2017–2018; 2020 13 Reasons Why Ryan Shaver Recurring (Seasons 1–2)
Guest (Season 4); 18 episodes
2019 Jane the Virgin[13] Bobby Recurring role
American Princess Nick Recurring role
Fluidity Daniel
Insatiable[14][15] Jonathan 2 episodes
2020 Love, Victor Justin Episode: "Boys' Trip"
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Guest Judge Episode: "Snatch Game of Love"
Love in the Time of Corona Oscar[16] Main role


  1. ^ Emily [@tommydorfmans] (May 13, 2018). "Happy birthday to my precious angel [...]" (Tweet). Retweeted by tommydorfman – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Out 13 Reasons Why Star Tommy Dorfman Responds to Brazilian Homophobia". The Advocate. October 17, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. ^ ""Tommy Dorfman Would like to Clarify"". Time. July 22, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Wheeler, André-Naquian (June 5, 2017). "tommy dorfman is the 'unapologetically queer' actor from '13 reasons why'". i-d. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Loizzo-Desai, Alexandra (October 31, 2017). "Fordham Theatre Grad Honored by GLAAD". Fordham News. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Tommy Doorman Wants to Use Acting for Advocacy". Paper Magazine. September 27, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "13 reasons why's tommy dorfman has released an awesome fashion collection". MTV UK. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  8. ^ Wheeler, André-Naquian (June 5, 2017). "tommy dorfman is the 'unapologetically queer' actor from '13 reasons why'". i-d. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  9. ^ Gallagher, Caitlin (August 24, 2019). "13 Reasons Why Cast: Who's Single and Who's Taken". POPSUGAR Celebrity. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Peoples, Landon (November 16, 2017). "Tommy Dorfman's Latest Fashion Statement: Gender". Retrieved May 8, 2020. "Growing up, I hated the idea that clothing was gendered. I identify as non-binary," he reveals.
  11. ^ a b Peters, Torrey (July 22, 2021). "Tommy Dorfman Would like to Clarify". Retrieved July 22, 2021. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.
  12. ^ "13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman comes out as transgender". BBC News. July 23, 2021. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  13. ^ '13 Reasons Why' Star Tommy Dorfman Joins Final Season of 'Jane the Virgin' (Exclusive) by Matt Donnelly, The Wrap. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  14. ^ ""Insatiable" Full Brazilian (TV Episode 2019)". IMDb.
  15. ^ ""Insatiable" Eat and Run (TV Episode 2019)". IMDb.
  16. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 29, 2020). "'Love In The Time Of Corona': Freeform Sets Leslie Odom Jr., Nicolette Robinson, Tommy Dorfman, Rainey Qualley And 4 More For Limited Series Event". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2020.

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