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On the face of it, the story of smooth-talking British sports presenter Des Lynam and Playboy model Caroline Cossey doesn't seem to be the stuff of headlines, but add to this the fact that she used to be a man called Barry, and you can see why her tale filled the tabloids back in 1979.

Having been outed by a tabloid, Cossey alleged that Lynam was a "wonderful, passionate kisser", while Des denied having sexual relations saying that he "didn't remember making love to her".

Cossey went on to have a small role in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, wrote an autobiography entitled I Am a Woman and became a campaigner for transsexual rights.