Meet the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

All you need to know about the ten queens competing to impress RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr

Drag race cast

God save the queens! Specifically, the ten queens set to serve their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent in the first-ever series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, soon shantaying its way onto BBC iPlayer.

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But who exactly will be the contestants hoping to impress Mama Ru, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton, Alan Carr and a host of guest judges? Here’s all you need to know.

Confirmed cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Divina De Campo

Launch

Stage name of: Owen Farrow

Age: 35

From: West Yorkshire

Instagram: @divinadecampo

Twitter: @divinadecampo

Perhaps the most well-known name on the rumoured list, Mancunian De Campo has appeared on The Voice UK, All Together Now (as one of the show’s 100 judges), MTV’s A-Z of Drag and Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. Although not confirmed, she has said in the past she would audition for the UK version of Drag Race.

Cheryl Hole

Programme Name: Ru Paul's Drag Race UK - TX: n/a - Episode: Launch (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: **STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 21/08/2019 00:00:01** Cheryl Hole - (C) BBC - Photographer: Leigh Keily

Stage name of: Luke Underwood

Age: 25

From: Essex

Instagram: @cherylholequeen

Twitter: @CherylHoleQueen 

Self-described as the “dancing diva of Essex” and the “Gemma Collins of drag”, Hole bases her act on – you guessed it – X Factor and Girls Aloud star Cheryl. And this could make some very interesting viewing, with Cheryl confirmed as one of Drag Race’s guest judges.

Blu Hydrangea

Launch

Stage name of: Joshua Cargill

Age: 23

From: Belfast

Instagram: bluhydrangea_

Twitter: @BluHydrangea_

Every series of Drag Race needs a quirky make-up artist. A Belfast-based queen with a strong Instagram following, Hydrangea is expected to slay the competition.

Baga Chipz

Launch

Instagram: @bagachipz

Twitter: @ChipShopBird

Age: 29

From: London

Featured in the London Live reality series Drag Queens of London, Chipz says she bases her drag act on a young Princess Diana – and the Coronation Street cast circa 1970. Obviously.

Gothy Kendoll

Launch

Age: 21

From: Leicester

A Drag queen and DJ, Kendoll looks like, well, a gothy Ken doll – in drag. And Drag Race fans predict she’ll strut into the workroom – all her social media went suspiciously quiet during April 2019 when the show is rumoured to have been filmed.

Crystal

Launch

Age: 34

From: London

Crystal says: “I’m not afraid to look a bit ugly, messy, and scary – it’s not about being pretty all the time. I hope I will surprise viewers and show them that drag isn’t just one thing, or isn’t just looking like a woman. Maybe drag can be about messing with gender and playing with the lines and the boundaries.”

Sum Ting Wong

Launch

Age: 30

From: Birmingham

She says: “I’m here because I’m a drag queen not because I’m Asian. Asian is who I am but does not define who I am. I want to show you that I’m a queen like anyone else.”

Vinegar Strokes

Launch

Age: 34

From: London

Vinegar Strokes says: “I’m Vinegar Strokes, I’m 34 years and I’m from London and yes I’m a proper London lady, zone 5. I am a straight up comedy queen, I do stand-up comedy, I sing in my own particular style. I’m like Tina Turner meets Lizzo meets Kat Slater.

Scaredy Kat

Launch

Age: 20

From: Wiltshire

Scaredy Kat says: “I’d say my style of drag is probably very pink, very cute and very feline-esque. It’s very camp, exciting, colourful and bold. Cute, pink and scared – like a nervous flamingo. I’m unique and another that makes me unique is that I’m the youngest queen ever on Drag Race.”

The Vivienne

Launch

Age: 27

From: Liverpool

The Vivienne says: “I am The Vivienne, I’m 27 years old and I’m from the gorgeous town of Liverpool. I’m an engaged lady and I live for my fiancé. And I’m here to win the crown of the first ever RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, so bring it on!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will air on BBC iPlayer this October