Tommy Dorfman's biography: age, height, husband, career

Tommy Dorfman's biography: age, height, husband, career

Tommy Dorfman is an iconic actress famous for her role as Ryan Shaver in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The actress has appeared in several movies and television shows, and is also a prolific writer and photographer. Besides her career, Tommy is also renowned for her gender transition.

Tommy Dorfman from 13 Reasons Why
Tommy wearing an elegant black outfit. Photo: @tommy.dorfman
Source: Instagram

Dorfman is an LGBTQ activist. Read on to find out more about the 13 Reasons Why star.

Profile summary

  • Full name: Tommy Dorfman
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: May 13, 1992
  • Tommy Dorfman's age: 29 years old (as of 2021)
  • Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Zodiac sign: Taurus
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Sexuality: Queer
  • Height in feet: 5'11"
  • Height in centimetres: 180
  • Weight in pounds: 165
  • Weight in kilograms: 75
  • Eye colour: Brown-green/hazel
  • Hair colour: Light brown
  • Marital status: Separated
  • Cousin: Andi Dorfman
  • Alma mater: Fordham University
  • Career: Actress

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Who is Tommy Dorfman?

Tommy Dorfman’s age is 29 years (as of 2021), having been born on May 13, 1992. The popular actress was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

Tommy Dorfman's family

Not a lot is known about family, such as who Tommy Dorfman's parents are or whether or not she has siblings. However, what is known is that her family is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her cousin is Andi Dorfman, known for being the bachelorette on the 10th season of the eponymous show.

Educational background

The actress went to Fordham University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts in 2015.


Tommy Dorfman from 13 Reasons Why started her acting career in 2009 when she landed a role in a short film titled Foreign Exchange. She played the role of Julian in another short film called In My Skin in 2013.

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In 2016, Dorfman played Big Shot in The Yearbook, and in 2017, she played Rob Jr. in I, Witness. However, it was her role in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why that earned them great popularity. She had a recurring role as Ryan Shaver in the show’s first two seasons and a guest role in its fourth season.

The 13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman has appeared in various movies and TV shows such as Fluidity, Insatiable, and American Princess.

The actress was involved in designing a fashion collection with ASOS and was honoured with the Rising Star Award by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) in 2017. She is also a photographer, writer, producer, and director.

Tommy Dorman's movies and TV shows

  • 2009: Foreign Exchange as student
  • 2013: In My Skin as Julian
  • 2016: I-Witness as Rob Jr.
  • 2017-2018;2020: 13 Reasons Why as Ryan Shaver
  • 2019: Jane the Virgin as Bobby; American Princess as Nick; Fluidity as Daniel; Insatiable as Jonathan
  • 2020: Love, Victor as Justin; Love in the Time of Corona as Oscar
  • 2021: The Shuroo Process as Mark, Fracture

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How much money was Tommy Dorfman paid for 13 reasons why?

There is not much credible information about Tommy's salary on the hit show. However, it is alleged that the actors were paid between $20,000 and 60,000 per episode for the show's first and second seasons.

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Dorfman in an outfit from Collina Strada. Photo: @tommy.dorfman
Source: Instagram

Gender, sexuality, and past relationships

Is Tommy Dorfman gay? The actress was openly queer prior to her coming out as trans. She has not elaborated on her sexuality since.

In an interview with Peters from The Time, Tommy clarified that she is a trans woman.

It’s funny to think about coming out, because I haven’t gone anywhere. I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically. Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.

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When Tommy Dorfman came out as transgender earlier this year, she explained how she has transformed her style. PEOPLE reports that the actress is on a "reintroduction tour" after her public announcement of her transition in July. As a result of this, she claims that she has drawn inspiration from everyone she meets.

Relationship with Violet Chachki

Tommy is said to have dated Violet Chachki in high school. Not much more information is available about Tommy Dorfman and Violet Chachki's relationship. They are still friends, and the TV personality even got a drag makeover from Violet in 2019.

Rumours about Jacob Elordi

A slew of adorable photos featuring Jacob Elordi and Tommy Dorfman, two Netflix stars, had gone viral in August 2020. Jacob had kissed Tommy on the cheek as the two were standing in line for smoothie bowls in 2020, and it looked like the friends had taken a road trip together.

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Are Jacob Elordi and Tommy together? No, they are not. Netflix actor Jacob Elordi had been with Kaia Gerber for a year. The couple is, however, yet to confirm their relationship status amidst breakup rumours.

Are Tommy Dorfman and Lucas Hedges dating?

Lucas and Tommy stepped out in downtown New York causing a brawl on social media platforms. The two, however, are not only friends, but also activists, and nothing confirms that they are dating.

Is Tommy Dorfman married?

Tommy and Peter Zurkuhlen got engaged in April 2015. The couple met at a mutual friend’s housewarming party and clicked right away, leading to their dating and eventual marriage. The duo got married on November 12, 2016. Tommy Dorfman's wedding was held in Portland, Maine.

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Tommy Dorfman poses at the New York Premiere of A Netflix film "Tick, Tick...Boom!" at The Schoenfeld Theatre on November 15, 2021 in New York City. Photo: Bruce Glikas
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Tommy Dorfman's husband is the CEO and founder of a company known as ChipChop Systems. He rose to fame for his association with his famous wife. He is 33 years old as of 2021.

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After coming out, Tommy admitted that she and her husband were separated, but remain close friends.

Body measurements

The TV star's height is 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm), while her weight is approximately 165 lbs (75kg). She has light brown hair and brown-green/hazel eyes.

What is Tommy Dorfman doing now?

Tommy will feature in the Channel 4 limited series Fracture this fall and direct a remake of Mason Deaver's I Wish You All the Best. She also has a part in Lena Dunham's forthcoming film Sharp Stick.

Tommy Dorfman is a hardworking and talented actor. She is a great inspiration to many young upcoming actresses.

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