The character first appeared on-screen in September 2006 and left in August 2010 after Mc Carthy quit the show.

He is noted for his storylines involving the PEP drug, a bisexual love triangle, his outlandish personality and being the only permanent cross dressing character in a British soap opera.

Historians trace the cross-dressing trend within the Middle East and North Africa back to the height of the Ottoman Empire, with Kocek (boys who danced and sang in female dress) and Cengi (girls who did the same in male dress) dating back to at least the 16th century.

The outcome seems to have been the same as tossing a coin: Heads it worked, tails it didn't.

After decades of reading your column, and 10 years after trying counseling to save a marriage, I'm still ...

Not knowing your wife, I can't guess how amenable she would be to counseling.

Counsel on counseling DEAR ABBY: You often give advice to readers about seeking professional counseling for challenges like the death of a loved one or substance abuse.

- Hopeless Cross-Dresser DEAR CROSS-DRESSER: If this is who you are, you should have told your wife about your need to cross-dress before you married her.

I do not think you should attempt to recruit your sister-in-law because, whatever she decides, it could damage either your marriage or their relationship.

We were still in the honeymoon phase at this point, literally and figuratively. And then he flat-out said it: "I can only get turned on if I am in women's clothes."this would end our relationship. Even though I knew cross-dressing was not a bad thing, the news struck me like a diagnosis of cancer or depression. Together we even went to a store which specialized in women's wear for men. I looked at his sequins and patent pumps and realized he was better outfitted than I was.

We were laying side by side looking at the ceiling after another quick and unsatisfying interlude – which I'd gotten used to, somehow."What is it babe? I could barely get the words out over the lump in my throat. I could never walk away because my partner was struggling with something like But it turned out my positive response was short lived. By now I was worried that sex wasn't in the picture at all. I spent a few days online reassuring myself that cross-dressers were often heterosexual. When the enormous box arrived in the mail he was floored. I convinced myself that partnerships are about so much than sex.

I imagined him reaching out to me in passion – and he did.