Jessica Marais. Picture: Getty Images

Popular *Perth *actress *Jessica Marais *' planned role as "Australia's most famous trans-sexual" *Carlotta * looks like it won't be going ahead. Last April it was announced the former Packed to the Rafters star, left, had signed to play Carlotta in her biographical series, set to air on the ABC some time in 2013.

However, Fremantle Media has told crew members retained on the project that it has been shelved indefinitely. Fremantle Media retained Carlotta as an adviser to the production and bought the film rights to two biographies - *James Cockington *'s 1994 book He Did It Her Way and *Prue MacSween *'s 2007 book I'm Not That Kind of Girl.

A former popular Beauty and the Beast panellist, Carlotta worked as a drag queen for Sydney underworld figure, the late *Abe "Mr Sin" Saffron *, * *and had gender reassignment surgery in 1972.

The West Australian

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