08/08/2018 10:26 BST | Updated 08/08/2018 13:51 BST

Ruby Rose Cast As Batwoman For New TV Series

Ruby has described the role as "a childhood dream".

Ruby Rose is set to make television history by playing Batwoman in a new TV series.

The former ‘Orange Is The New Black’ actor has landed the lead role in a new programme from US network The CW, and her character will be the first ever openly gay superhero in a TV show.

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Ruby Rose

Ruby will make her debut in a crossover episode, which will unite DC heroes Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash, and her first full standalone series is expected to air in 2019.

Sharing her excitement on Instagram, she wrote: “The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream.

“This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different.

“Thank you everyone. Thank you god.”

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Batwoman, real name Kate Kane, was first introduced as Batman’s love interest but, in the comics, she’s been openly gay since 2006.

Ruby is best-known for playing Stella in seasons three and four of Netflix’s ‘Orange Is The New Black’.

Since leaving the show, she’s landed a number of film roles (‘Pitch Perfect 3’, ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’) and been praised for speaking out about her sexuality and gender fluidity.