Start your engines, its the cast of RPDRUK season 3!
Yes we KNOW Laurence Chaney only just won RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 back in March but that series had been delayed by 7 months due the pandemic so that show was late rather than this one being early. The queens have been revealed and they are looking rather spiffing.
Th show has been a massive success for the BBC with Fiona Campbell, the BBC Three Controller, saying the following: “It’s been a huge hit for us and we love it as much as you do so we’re delighted that we can continue our relationship with World of Wonder and can bring even more Drag Race to BBC Three.” Enough the corporate speak though, let’s meet the queens!
Serving ‘unapologetic blackness’, the 29-year-old from South London has only been doing drag for a year Vanity says: “I believe if you put your mind to it, and you put the blood, sweat and tears and the hard work and dedication behind it, you can be somebody! But that doesn’t mean you have to take other people down to get there.”
She's a newbie, here comes Anubis!
At only 19, Anubis is one of the youngest queens ever to appear on Drag Race in the whole franchise with experience often cited as essential to the development of the art of drag. The Brighton queen said of the competition: “Well, not to brag or anything, but I do have quite a wide skill set. I’ve got the vocals, I got the dance moves, I got the comedy… so I really think I’m a bit of a threat!”
We’re getting lot of pun-tastically named queens in this season’s bunch with 29-year-old Kitty getting in on the act with her Brummy accent and oodles of personality. You might recognise her form Gals Aloud, the drag Girls Aloud tribute. She reminisced about the first tie they played live years ago: “That first gig was a hot mess. I looked an absolute mess, but I literally thought I was God’s gift, but now here we are four years later and I’m on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK!”
Scarlett Harlett knows how to rock some princess shoulders
Scarlett is a proper East Londoner and by her own admission “proper mouthy, cheeky cockney, like Danny Dyer in drag.” Ooh now we do love a bit of Danny Dyer here at Box. Hartlett, 26, speaks very candidly about her past and we are excited and what she’s going to produce. She says:
“I have come from nothing. I grew up on a council estate and I feel so proud to have landed myself in one of the biggest shows in the UK right now. I want people to know you can make a banquet out of scraps.”
We’re getting serious Dragula vibes from 24-year old Charity Kase from Lancs. She seems to be bringing the horror from that show straight to the runway of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3. She says: “I am pushing the boundaries of drag and I’m opening people’s eyes up to a whole new art-form of transformation. I am scary, hairy and a total fairy! My drag is not entry level. At a Charity Kase show, you can expect shock, horror, gore, glamour and maybe a little bit of vomit! You have never seen anything like me.”
The very first AFAB queen to be on ANY Drag Race, it's Victoria Sponge!
The 29-year old from Cardiff has already caused a bit of a stir as she is the whole franchise’s very first AFAB queen. So this means she was assigned female at birth and is a cis woman and a lesbian. At the end of eh day, drag is an art form and there are no rules so any sort of backlash is ridiculous. Victoria isn’t unaware of this, saying: “I feel very capable and proud to have made it through the application process and be the first on Drag Race UK. Me being here is political, but you can just have fun with it.”
They start ‘em young in Kent who at 19 along with Anubis is one of the youngest queens to ever appear on ANY drag race. She’ll have to prove that age ain’t nothing but a number. One thing she certainly doesn’t possess however it modesty, saying of her drag persona: “She is the supreme. She is a god. It’s the legs, the body, the hips, the waist. High feminine glam. Super fierce. She is just the ultimate moment.” Woah there nelly, that’s fightin’ talk!
River Medway isn't wishy washy that's for sure
Originating from the garden of England, ie Kent, River is apparently a Hannah Montana buff seeing her as a spirit animal saying: “By day she was a schoolgirl, living a completely normal life, and then by night she’s a popstar with wigs, makeup and outfits. That’s drag!” She’s not shrinking violet however, adding:”That’s really my thing. I’m really competitive – I am in it to win it. I want to strut on that runway and show everyone what I can do.”
Taking her name from a time in her life when she has been electrocuted, you’d be forgiven for thinking she was in the same drag family as this years Drag Race Down Under queen Elektra Shock, the 29-year old queen from Lancashire says he shows offer: “dropping from the sky down into the splits, bouncing into a headstand, spinning around, leaping onto the bar and leaping off into the splits”
The first returning queen in Drag Race UK herstory Veronica Green
Yeah you probably do recognise 35-year old Veronica Green from Lancs and that’s because she was in season 2! When the queens all came back after the enforced break due to the pandemic, Veronica tested positive so had to drop out. The time off certainly hasn’t dampened her spirits though, saying: “Am I going to win?! Does the pope shit in the woods? I was supposed to win Drag Race UK season two. And if you don’t crown me this time Ru, I’m going to come back again.”
Hailing from Spain the 35-year old now calls Newcastle home, Choriza says she’s a bit like her namesake as she’s the “spiciest, meatiest and silliest sausage” and we are here for that. With a name clearly a play on Teresa May, we’re hoping she’s a bit more of a hoot than the old British PM. Speaking of her heritage, she says:
“As an immigrant queen, I’m someone with a slightly different background to the other queens in the competition, but my drag was born in the UK. There are millions of European immigrants in the UK and I’m so happy to be representing them as drag queen of the immigrants!”
Ooh she’s had a hell of a day! Ella is 32 and is made in Dagenham, just like the movie. Sae says: “I’m the drag beast from the East. I’m like a desperate housewife of Dagenham, a yummy mummy – a bit garish, a bit classy, a bit Essex-y. I’m very sarcastic and dry.” She’s only been doing drag for the past 2 years but she’s a dab hand at performing which should stand her in good stead, appearing in Peter Pan, Fame, Wicked, Book of Mormon and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat during an already 14 year long career on the stage.