Riley was recently seen as regular character Kyle Slater, brother to long-standing resident Stacey Slater in the BBC’s EastEnders. He made TV soap history by being the first transgender actor to feature in a soap whilst playing a transgendered character.
Riley was later named ‘No.1 most influential person in ‘The independent on Sunday’s 2015 rainbow list’ marking the first time a transgender man has been honoured. They wrote: ‘’Our judges felt his decision the play the character Kyle in EastEnders could help trans people - even save lives - and represents a landmark cultural moment’’.
Riley was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ in the 2016 TV Choice awards & ‘Inspirational role model of the year’ in the European Diversity Awards.
Since leaving EastEnders, Riley has performed at London Theatre Workshop and the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End and given speeches on diversity in the workplace to various UK businesses.
Riley can currently be seen in the acclaimed UK Theatre Tour of Birdsong.