RuPaul's Drag Race UK series 4 cast line-up - BBC Three (2023)

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is back with a line12 more queens who are ready to snatch wigs and snatch the series four crown.

BBC Three this autumn will introduce the world to a diva’s dozen of new RuGirls who hope they have the talent, charisma, uniqueness and nerve to be named Britain’s Next Drag Superstar.

The series four queens come from all over the UK from Birmingham to Belfast, and represent some of the country’s most exciting drag from club kids to cabaret legends. Here’s what you need to know about line-up of 12 queens you will be obsessed with over the next 10 weeks.

Baby

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Describing herself as "London’s afro-punk princess," 25-year-old Baby studied musical theatre before doing drag, so expect her to be a triple threat, ready to slay any singing and dancing challenges Mama Ru can throw at her.

Baby (her name comes from being the youngest sibling of five) has been doing drag for four years. She is a mainstay of the London brunch and club scene who in her own words loves "playing in the area where black culture and alternative culture meet."

Baby's drag in three words: "Pretty, punk and black"

Black Peppa

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Black Peppa, 29, brings a Caribbean flavour to Drag Race UK, having been born on the island of Saint Martin. Since 2014, however, she has been making the Birmingham drag scene fierce. Now, she is bringing a little seasoning and spice to the Drag Race stage.

Despite serving high glamour, Black Peppa got her drag name from a surprising source: Peppa Pig. "Peppa pig is the OG," she said, "and that is why I’m 'Black Peppa' with a twist!" Unlike Peppa Pig though, Black Peppa can death drop, split and dip in her high-energy shows.

Black Peppa's drag in three words: “Spicy, creativity, oddball”

Cheddar Gorgeous

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Cheddar might be the self-described "Queen Bee of Manchester," but will she make a buzz in the competition? A legend on the cabaret scene, the 38-year-old has also previously been the star of a drag makeover TV show. She is also the first Drag Race UK queen with a doctorate, meaning her fellow queens might be about to get schooled.

The queen describes herself as a "living spectacle," who has been dabbling in drag since her early teens. A childhood where she was obsessed with science fiction and fantasy has turned her into a queen whose out of this world looks have been seen everywhere from the clubs to the museums.

Cheddar's drag in three words: “Otherworldly, ethereal, icon”

Copper Topp

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The 38-year-old Cheltenham Spa resident and panto lover became a queen later in life, but after four years she is ready for Britain's biggest drag stage. Copper Topp is also the star of a series of bingo ads – but does she have what it takes to get to the 'top of the shop'?

Though her drag is inspired by British camp icons like Julie Walters, Victoria Wood and the Cheeky Girls, Copper loves to surprise an audience by going into the splits as part of her "camp and physical shows."

Copper Topp's drag in three words: "Pantomime, camp, ginger"

Dakota Schiffer

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Sussex resident Dakota Schiffer is making Drag Race her-story as the first UK trans contestant. The 22-year-old fashion obsessive has been doing drag for four years, and is bringing her 1960s-inspired high fashion looks (and a secret nerdy streak) to the runway.

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Dakota describes Sussex as having "absolutely no drag scene," but that did not stop her from growing up obsessed with fashion, hair and make-up. Now, she is ready for Drag Race UK to put her on the global stage, showing the world her '60s-meets-'90s style.

Dakota Schiffer's drag in three words: “Sixties, nineties, supermodel”

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Danny Beard

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Liverpool's own Danny Beard is Drag Race UK's first bearded queen, with hopes of becoming a stubbly Scouse sensation. Known for her signature white face-make-up, 29-year-old Danny serves club kid-inspired looks that have made her one of the most original presences on the UK drag scene.

The "sassy, shady, singing cartoon clown" loves "mixing genders and putting them in the blender." Her shows are known for mixing avant-garde fashion with old school drag performance – expect Leigh Bowery looks with Adele vocals.

Danny Beard's drag in three words: "Sassy, shady, stunning"

Jonbers Blonde

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Representing Northern Ireland, 33-year-old Jonbers Blonde has been doing drag for 14 years, as well as working as a model, a fashion editor and a dancer for acts like Melanie C and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Starting life in a small town near Belfast, Jonbers moved to the big smoke, and describes herself as "East London royalty”. As she puts it herself: "I'm a showgirl on a Saturday and an absolute bonfire on a Sunday!"

Jonbers Blonde's drag in three words: "High fashion pig"

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Just May

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Essex's premier Geri Halliwell impersonator will be telling the world to 'Look At Me' as she appears on Drag Race UK series four. Though best known for parodying Ginger Spice, 32-year-old Just May is hoping to prove she isn't just a wannabe after 10 years of spicing up her life in drag.

"I wanted to do drag because Geri stopped being Ginger Spice and so I felt someone had to take over," Just May said of her start in drag. But she can do other things besides Geri: "Sometimes, I wear a red wig without a blonde streak. Wild, I know."

Just May's drag in three words: "Campy, nostalgic and ginger!"

Le Fil

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Calling themselves the "all-singing, all-dancing, all-sewing Chinese pop star from Brighouse," 36-year-old Le Fil is a one-time member (alongside Jonbers) of the legendary Sink the Pink collective, who have performed with Sam Smith, Drag Race series four guest judge Olly Alexander and many other megastars.

Brighouse is also the home of Drag Race UK star Divina Da Campo, but Le Fil is a very different queen to the season 1 runner-up. Le Fil describes her drag as "the intersection of art, fashion music and sculpture," and her shows as "live art."

Pixie Polite

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Pixie Polite already has a Drag Race connection: She was in a girl band with (and even dated) series 2 star Tia Kofi. Now, however, The 29-year-old Brighton-based queen and self-described "big ol’ camp cow" is on the show in her own right, and is ready to show that even on reality TV, politeness can pay.

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Though she says she is "Pixie Polite by name, and Pixie Polite by nature," she warns: "so if these girls come for me I might get a bit rude!"

Pixie Polite's drag in three words: "Big, bold and beautiful."

Sminty Drop

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Describing herself as a "sexy cyber supermodel from space," 23-year-old Sminty Drop is ready to drop some major looks onto the runway. The Manchester queen is a member of the House of Kendoll alongside first ever Drag Race UK eliminated queen Gothy Kendoll. Will she be able to break the Kendoll curse?

Sminty Drop got her name from her habit of dropping the mints she used to carry for when she wanted to kiss boys. After three years doing drag (and a "busted" year she does not count,) she sees herself as "literally the embodiment of contemporary British drag."

Sminty Drop's drag in three words: "Drop dead gorgeous!"

Starlet

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Completing the Drag Race UK series four line-up is Starlet. This 23-year-old "polished pin-up" is originally from Johannesburg, making her the first South African queen in Drag Race UK her-story. Since coming to Britain, Starlet has been bringing old-school Hollywood glamour to the streets of Surrey, building up a significant Instagram fanbase along the way.

Despite never having seen a drag queen when she lived in South Africa, Starlet has become "a living walking vintage movie star" who is "gently tippy toeing into the performance side of drag."

Starlet's drag in three words: “Polished, beauty, pin-up”

RuPaul's Drag Race UK series 4 comes to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on Thursday September 22 at 9pm. Want more looks, laughs and lipstick from this year’s queens? Watch them ru-veal all on RuPaul's Drag Race UK: Meet the Queens series 4 on iPlayer now.

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FAQs

Who won RuPaul Season 4 UK? ›

Danny Beard's path to becoming Drag Race UK winner: 'I auditioned three times' The first queen to enter the Drag Race UK series four Werk Room, Danny (who uses they/them pronouns) came into the BBC Three show with a concern.

Where is Danny Beard? ›

Danny Beard was born in Liverpool, England and now resides in Manchester.

Where is cheddar gorgeous from? ›

Cheddar Gorgeous is the stage name of Michael Atkins, an English drag performer who competed on the fourth series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, where she finished as the runner-up. She has appeared on Drag SOS. Cheddar Gorgeous was born in Birmingham and now lives in Manchester.

What episode did Mimi Imfurst? ›

Mimi Imfurst auditioned three times before becoming a contestant on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race. He placed high in the first two challenges but was eliminated in the episode "Totally Leotarded" after lifting fellow contestant India Ferrah over his head during their lip-sync.

Why was Willam s4 eliminated? ›

Willam Belli is the only queen to be eliminated from Drag Race for breaking the rules. Her official reason for being kicked off Drag Race Season 4 was that she was sneaking her husband into the hotel during filming.

Did Sharon Needles win? ›

Sharon Needles is an American drag queen, performer, music artist and Season 4 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race. After winning, Needles released her own "horror" music videos and albums featuring artists such as Amanda Lepore, RuPaul and Jane County.

Who are gorgeous families? ›

So who are The Family Gorgeous? Made up of Cheddar Gorgeous, Anna Phylactic, Lill, Asttina Mandella, Liquorice Black and TeTe Bang, - the troupe hosts a monthly club night at Cruz 101, Manchester's most prolific gay nightclub.

Is Cheddar App real? ›

Cheddar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBA and is a new technology venture built by X15, CBA's venture scaling-entity. With offers from over 1000 merchants, download Cheddar in the Apple App or Google Play store or visit the website.

What is Cheddar famous for? ›

As well as being famous for producing cheese, Cheddar and the surrounding countryside was famed for its strawberries. The tasty fruit has been cultivated on the gentle slopes of the Mendip hills for hundreds of years.

Did Kurt Cobain know RuPaul? ›

In the year of 1993, Kurt Cobain and his band, Nirvana, became friends with a drag queen who was already launching her career in the evenings of New York, in United States: RuPaul. A very famous record of this friendship was taken during the MTV Awards' celebration.

Did ongina quit? ›

Ongina opens up about voting herself out of the competition and her on-camera clash with Miz Cracker.

Why did JAN change her name drag? ›

Well, the explanation is pretty simple. Her full drag name, Jan Sport, is lifted from the trademarked backpack brand, and for legal reasons she couldn't use it on TV – so now she's simply known as Jan. It's the same reason another season 12 contestant, Brita Filter, uses the shorter name Brita on the show.

Why was William sick on stage? ›

So it was simply biology at work: She ate too much and was squeezed into something too small to hold it—so something had to go. Willam did explain, however, that she cleaned up the mess herself.

What nationality is Michelle Visage? ›

Michelle Visage (born Michelle Lynn Shupack; September 20, 1968) is an American singer, television host, actress, radio DJ and producer. Originally gaining recognition as a member of the band Seduction, she earned five singles with the group that charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

Are Alaska and Sharon still together? ›

Personal life. Needles lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Needles was in a four-year relationship with fellow RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Justin Honard, better known by his stage name Alaska Thunderfuck; they ended their relationship in 2013 but remained friends.

Who stole Sharon's crown? ›

Violet Chachki has finally opened up about “stealing” Sharon Needles' Drag Race crown in a new interview. Back in the early 2010s, the two beloved queens made headlines after Sharon's coveted crown went missing during her appearance at an Atlanta drag pageant.

Does Sharon Needles have a drag daughter? ›

Aquaria is the drag daughter of Drag Race season four winner Sharon Needles. However, after accusations of abuse were made against Needles in 2020, Aquaria has said that she "does not support him" and "feels awful for anyone he has hurt". She began performing in drag in 2014.

Who is the happiest family in the world? ›

At the top? The Netherlands. According to the rankings, Dutch kids' education, their material well-being and behaviors and risks were the best in the world. Their happiness is attributed to a non-competitive, low-stress school culture and a good work-life balance for parents, among other reasons.

What is a normal family called? ›

nuclear family, also called elementary family, in sociology and anthropology, a group of people who are united by ties of partnership and parenthood and consisting of a pair of adults and their socially recognized children. Typically, but not always, the adults in a nuclear family are married.

Why is cheddar so cheap? ›

The cheapest cheeses you can find—rindless blocks of cheddar or jack—are made, packaged in airtight plastic Cryovac, and put away in refrigerated warehouses. The costs of aging these cheeses are typically three cents per pound, enough to cover the electricity of basic light and climate control.

Why is cheddar different in the USA? ›

Aging Gracefully. One of the biggest differences between traditional English cheddar and the American variety is the way that the cheeses are aged. English cheddar is normally cylindrical in shape, bound in permeable cheesecloth (hence the term “clothbound”), and its flavors range from earthy to nutty to caramelized.

Why is cheddar money? ›

Etymology. From Cheddar cheese. The slang use meaning "money, currency" may be derived from association with cheese (“wealth”), probably from Persian چیز‎ (čīz, “thing”).

How old is the oldest cheese? ›

Archaeologists Have Discovered the World's Oldest Cheese Inside an Ancient Egyptian Tomb. Archaeologists have identified a substance found inside an ancient Egyptian tomb: 3,200-year-old cheese.

Why is cheddar called cheddar? ›

Nevertheless, Cheddar cheese does have its origins in Somerset, taking its name from Cheddar Gorge and the market town of Cheddar where cheeses were once matured in the natural caves and sold to tourists visiting the Gorge.

Why is cheddar so popular in the US? ›

Cheddar comes in a range of matured states, which can affect its taste. The cheese can vary from mild to mature, allowing customers to choose their level of maturity. Again this makes cheddar one of the most versatile and widely enjoyed cheeses, because you can basically cater to all tastes.

What did paul McCartney say about Nirvana? ›

Asked about future collaborations with the Nirvana members, McCartney said, “You never know. They really are great to play with. They were a great band with Kurt. That's what I experienced – just playing with a really good band, which is a very special thing.

Did Nirvana and Pearl Jam like each other? ›

“We've never had a fight ever, I've just always hated his band”. That's Kurt Cobain describing his relationship with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder on MTV during the early 1990s. Despite fronting two of the biggest bands of the Seattle grunge scene, I think it's fair to say the pair were never really friends.

Was Jade Jolie on RuPaul? ›

Dragula season four is the first in the show's history to feature a contestant who also appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race. We are, of course, referring to Jade Jolie, who competed in season five.

Did Aja retire from drag? ›

For the next three years, Aja focused primarily on her musical career. In September 2021, she stated that she would again begin performing in drag.

Does Akasha still do drag? ›

After entering the Drag Race elimination abyss after three consecutive bottom-two appearances, Akashia has continued to perform at Pride events and in clubs, primarily in Cleveland.

What did Jan do to get fired? ›

Unfortunately, the corporate position for which Michael, Jim, and Karen are interviewing is Jan's; after being absent from work, abusing corporate policies, and being in Scranton far too often, Jan is fired and escorted from the building in New York, and is replaced by Ryan Howard.

Who did Monet Xchange sleep with? ›

The season 10 Miss Congeniality winner and All Stars 4 champion dropped a big booty of a bombshell during Friday's episode of Untucked, during which she claimed that she had intimate, kai kai relations with one of her AS7 sisters.

What was Jan's original drag name? ›

Jan Sport, sometimes known simply as Jan, is the stage name of Charles Joseph "Charlie" Mantione, an American drag queen and singer based in New York City, who came to international attention on the twelfth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, ultimately placing 7th.

Who won RuPaul UK season 5? ›

Contestant progress

Jinkx Monsoon won RuPaul's Drag Race season 5.

Who won RuPaul season UK? ›

The Vivienne

Who has won UK Drag Race? ›

Blu Hydrangea emerged as the winner from the series, with RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 and All Stars Season 4 contestant Mo Heart as the runner-up. The series premiered with impressive viewing figures drawing in 1 million live viewers.

Who won Rupauls UK? ›

The time has come to crown our queen. The winner of RuPaul's Drag Race UK Versus The World and the first ever Queen Of The World is Blu Hydrangea.” Blu Hydrangea was the first ever Northern Irish queen to take part in RuPaul's Drag Race, when she made her 2019 debut on the brand new BBC Three series at 23 years old.

What is a Ru girl? ›

To qualify as a RuGirl, a queen must have competed within the Official Drag Race Franchise. To see what shows fall under the official franchise, please see the category page "Official Drag Race Franchise" and/or the page "Drag Race (Franchise)".

Who has been on Drag Race the most? ›

As of 2022, Jujubee has appeared more than any other contestant on Drag Race, competing on four different seasons: season 2, All Stars 1, All Stars 5, and UK vs the World.

Has a plus size queen won Drag Race? ›

Lawrence Chaney is the first plus size winner of RuPaul's Drag Race. However, they are the second plus size winner of the entire franchise after Natalia Pliacam of Drag Race Thailand.

How much do drag queens make UK? ›

Drag Race UK Season 3 Rich List
RankDrag NameTotal Estimated Earnings
1Charity Kase£359,248
2Choriza May£90,728
3Veronica Green£84,330
4Victoria Stone£62,757
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Why do they call it a Ru Peter badge? ›

Also, the winner each week gets a RuPeter Badge. (English-to-American translation: “badge” means a button you pin on a jacket.) This is a spoof of the Blue Peter badge, which is given out to guests and viewers of the show Blue Peter, which is like the BBC's Sesame Street.

Who was the first UK drag queen? ›

The first drag queen

The official first drag queen arrived in the 18th century. Princess Seraphina, aka John Cooper, was a gentleman's servant, and a messenger for mollies (gay men). John was a well known crossdresser around London and even answered to Princess Seraphina when he wasn't wearing women's clothes.

Who won UK Drag Race 2022? ›

The cast for the fourth series was revealed on 7 September 2022 on social media. The cast also featured Dakota Schiffer, the first out trans woman to compete in the British version of the show. The winner of the fourth series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK was Danny Beard, with Cheddar Gorgeous as the runner-up.

Which Drag Race winner has the most wins? ›

'Drag Race' All Star Trinity the Tuck Is Proud to Have the Most Challenge Wins in the Franchise. "I feel like that is almost more impressive than winning my original season, winning season 4 of 'All Stars,' even winning this season," she said.

Does RuPaul Drag Race UK win money? ›

Upon entering the werkroom, RuPaul informed the queens that there won't be a cash prize for scooping the crown, but rather a trip to Hollywood to film their own digital series.

Who won queen of the world? ›

When Grag Queen was announced as the winner on the show, host Graham Norton asked her what winning would mean to her and she said it would mean she is a millionaire in her native Brazil. Now, she has revealed what she plans to do with the amazing $250,000 prize money that comes with being the winner of the show.

How did Krystal win? ›

After a lip sync for the crown to Dusty Springfield's cover of "You Don't Own Me", Versace was declared victorious, becoming not only the franchise's youngest finalist, but also the youngest ever winner.

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