Transgender soldier marries her film-star lover


Britain’s highest-ranking transgender soldier has married her actor boyfriend – who was born a woman – in a fairytale wedding.  

Captain Hannah Winterbourne, 31, and Jake Graf, 40, walked down the aisle at Chelsea Town Hall in London and said last night: ‘We’re just like any other bride and groom’.

The newlyweds have been dubbed the world’s foremost transgender ‘power couple’ and said their white wedding was ‘like a Disney movie’.

Captain Winterbourne spent her first few years in the Army as a man, before deciding to undergo a sex-change operation while on a tour of duty at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan five years ago.

Captain Hannah Winterbourne (right) has married actor Jake Graf (right) - who was born a woman. Pictured, the pair after getting engaged in New York's Central Park

Captain Hannah Winterbourne (right) has married actor Jake Graf (right) – who was born a woman. Pictured, the pair after getting engaged in New York’s Central Park

The newlyweds, pictured, are delighted to have married and said they were 'just like any other bride or groom'

The newlyweds, pictured, are delighted to have married and said they were ‘just like any other bride or groom’

Captain Winterbourne (pictured with Mr Graf) said she was 'terrified' before their first date

Captain Winterbourne (pictured with Mr Graf) said she was ‘terrified’ before their first date

Britain's highest-ranking transgender soldier, pictured with Mr Graf, said she thought love and marriage was a 'pipe dream' for her

Britain’s highest-ranking transgender soldier, pictured with Mr Graf, said she thought love and marriage was a ‘pipe dream’ for her

Jake Graf (pictured before his transition) said he went through hell when he was a child

Jake Graf (pictured before his transition) said he went through hell when he was a child

Capt Winterbourne will live with her husband in Army barracks

The captain said: 'to me I'm just another girl married to another guy'

The captain, pictured left, in uniform, and right on Lorraine, said to her the marriage was ‘just another girl married to another boy’

Jake, who starred alongside Eddie Redmayne in Hollywood film The Danish Girl, began transitioning in his mid-twenties having endured a hellish childhood where he would ‘pray every night I would wake up a boy’. 

But having started to date a few years ago the couple, who prefer not to reveal their previous names, found love and wept as they married last Friday.    

Hannah told The Sun: ‘I never thought when I was younger this could happen to me. It was always a pipe dream’.

The couple will now live in Army quarters near Hannah’s barracks and the new Mrs Graf said: ‘To me, I’m just another girl married to another guy’, adding they may consider having children. 

The pair revealed previously that Jake had popped the question earlier this month while on a holiday in New York and plan to get married next summer.

Hannah who joined the Army as a man, came out as transgender and started transitioning four years ago after a tour to Afghanistan.  

Hannah, pictured left before her transition, started the process four years ago after a tour of Afghanistan

Hannah, pictured left before her transition, started the process four years ago after a tour of Afghanistan

Captain Winterbourne pictured on ITV's Lorraine

The couple, pictured, are considering having children

Capt Winterbourne said she ‘forgot about her past’ as she transitioned and that the couple are now considering having children

The newlyweds, pictured on ITV's Lorraine last year, have been dubbed a 'transgender power couple'

The newlyweds, pictured on ITV’s Lorraine last year, have been dubbed a ‘transgender power couple’

Captain Winterbourne, pictured left before her transition and right afterwards, wed Mr Graf at a ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall last week

Captain Winterbourne, pictured left before her transition and right afterwards, wed Mr Graf at a ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall last week

Her picture on the front-page story in January 2015 caught the eye of Jake Graf, 40, who told a mutual friend that he thought she looked cute – before the pair starting talking.

Although Captain Winterbourne said she was ‘terrified’ before their first date on London’s South Bank, the fact that Mr Graf was also transgender made things a lot easier.

Their relationship flourished and in September, the pair got engaged when Mr Graf – who was in 2015 film The Danish Girl alongside Eddie Redmayne – proposed in New York’s Central Park.

On Friday, Captain Winterbourne wore a strapless gown to wed her groom in a ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall that she described to The Sun as ‘like a Disney movie.’

‘We’re just like any other bride and groom,’ the newlyweds told the newspaper.

Hannah, pictured as a man during her tour of Afghanistan, added the ceremony was 'like a Disney movie'

Hannah, pictured as a man during her tour of Afghanistan, added the ceremony was ‘like a Disney movie’

Captain Winterbourne said the fact that Mr Graf was also transgender made things a lot easier

Captain Winterbourne said the fact that Mr Graf was also transgender made things a lot easier

Captain Winterbourne (left, before, and right, after her transition) spent her first years in the Army as a man before she spoke about her decision to transition while still on active duty

Captain Winterbourne (left, before, and right, after her transition) spent her first years in the Army as a man before she spoke about her decision to transition while still on active duty

Captain Winterbourne added: ‘To me, I’m just another girl married to another guy.

‘As you transition and meet someone new, you kind of forget about your past.’

Mr Graf has spoken about how he’d pray every night that he would ‘wake up a boy’ and said it had made him very angry.

He said it was only after he met a transgender man when visiting New York at the age of 25 that he felt hopeful. 

The newlywed couple, who are both patrons of the transgender children’s charity Mermaids, will live together in the married quarters near Captain Winterbourne’s Army barracks.

They’re keen to start a family together soon now that they’ve tied the knot. 

 

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