The brand new UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race is expected to strut into our lives sometime this year. It has been announced that Maisie Williams, who has starred in HBO’s series Game of Thrones since she was 13, will feature on the BBC Three adaptation of the competition as a celebrity guest judge.
Williams will judge alongside RuPaul and Michelle Visage, who has judged eight seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the US. It has also been confirmed that Graham Norton and Alan Carr will be joining the UK edition of the competition as rotating judges.
Williams said, “What I love the most about drag is the story of the drag queen behind the facade. I think that so much of drag comes from a place of real pain and seeing how that transforms into a character is so interesting to me. I love that about art and about drag.”
“Just here for the memes,” she added on Twitter after the casting was announced and the finale of Game of Thrones had aired. The hit HBO fantasy drama ended on Sunday (May 19).
“Fans of Maisie Williams can rest assured that Arya Stark of Winterfell will continue to serve fierce in her next role as one of RuPaul’s extra special judges,” the BBC’s statement said.
Season 1 of the British Drag Race will be made up of eight episodes. The names of the contestants have not yet been announced. However, filming has already begun, with Alan Carr recently revealing that the judges were under strict instructions while on set.
“It was like, no phones, the most securitied thing ever,” he said.
It has not yet been announced which other celebrities are set to guest judge on Drag Race UK. Previous guest judges of the US original have included Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Cara Delevigne.
© 2019 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.
GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.
During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.
GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.