RuPaul's Drag Race UK reveals cast including The Vivienne and Vinegar Strokes

21 August 2019, 14:20 | Updated: 21 August 2019, 15:57

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Gentlemen, start your engines.

It’s hard to think of a life without RuPaul's Drag Race and now the UK finally has their own spin-off following the success of the original US edition, All Stars and a season in Thailand. RuPaul's Drag Race UK is literally right around the corner, which means it's time to meet all the fierce Queens.

The first ever UK series will star The Vivienne, Vinegar Strokes, Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Sum Ting Wong, Scaredy Kat, Crystal, Cheryl Hole, Divina De Campo and Gothy Kendoll. All of the confirmed Queens are set to make their first official appearance at Manchester Pride on Saturday 24 August.

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Here's a little bit more on the 10 RuPaul's Drag Race UK contestants – and may the best woman, win!

The RuPaul's Drag Race UK cast.
The RuPaul's Drag Race UK cast. Picture: BBC

Vinegar Strokes

Vinegar Strokes.
Vinegar Strokes. Picture: BBC

Vinegar Strokes is a classic comedy queen who sees herself as "Tina Turner meets Lizzo meets Kat Slater". The 35-year-old from London might already have a little leg up on the competition, though, because she's been starring in West End show Everybody's Talking About Jamie – alongside Drag Race judge Michelle Visage.

The Vivienne

The Vivienne.
The Vivienne. Picture: BBC

The Vivienne, 27, from Liverpool describes herself "a scouse wife who has come into money, she moved to LA and blew it all and then she’s had to move back to Liverpool". She's best known for her iconic impersonations of celebrities, particularly, a very good Kim Woodburn.

Baga Chipz

Baga Chipz.
Baga Chipz. Picture: BBC

Baga Chipz is a 29-year-old pub queen from London, who describes herself as "common as muck". Although she looks pretty glam to us, she's not trying to hide her "tarty" aesthetic. "I’m not one of these gorgeous beautiful Kate Moss lookalike drag queens," she said. "My style is more cabaret, old school, sequin frocks, Shirley Bassey, Danny La Rue, Lily savage kind of drag."


Crystal. Picture: BBC

Crystal is 34-years-old and originally from Canada, but has been living in London for 10 years. Crystal describes herself as "gender bending" and is known for her "freak show" style circus skills. She said: "It’s unexpected. It’s nothing you have ever seen before."

Scaredy Kat

Scaredy Kat.
Scaredy Kat. Picture: BBC

Scaredy Kat, 19, from Wiltshire has a lot to prove because she's the youngest Drag Race contestant EVER. Scaredy is expecting to be the underdog of the competition because she has barely any experience in the field, but she describes her drag as "very pink, very cute and very feline-esque".

Blu Hydrangea

Blu Hydrangea.
Blu Hydrangea. Picture: BBC

Blu Hydrangea is from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and she's all about her flawless beat and fashion. The 23-year-old said: "Blu Hydrangea is like a GCSE art project, high fashion from outer space, a cartoon character – with muppet realness."

Cheryl Hole

Cheryl Hole.
Cheryl Hole. Picture: BBC

Cheryl Hole, 25, is an Essex girl and part of a Girls Aloud drag act, so expect some sickening dance moves and death drops from this self-proclaimed "dancing diva".

Gothy Kendoll

Gothy Kendoll.
Gothy Kendoll. Picture: BBC

Gothy, 21, from Leicester is bringing something different to the competition describing herself as "dark, contemporary, striking and unique". She said: "I like to look very different to traditional queens who are more camper, and more performance based. I also do a lot of different work compared to other queens in the UK. I like to DJ, host and throw parties – that’s what I’m good at."

Sum Ting Wong

Sum Ting Wong.
Sum Ting Wong. Picture: BBC

Sum Ting Wong, 30, from Birmingham grew up a little "emo kid" and thanks drag for bringing her out of her shell, and giving her the chance to perform. She said: "I am a Chinese male who's overweight and losing his hair. I’m never gonna make it like that so drag helped me."

Divina De Campo

Divina De Campo.
Divina De Campo. Picture: BBC

Divina De Campo, 35, is from West Yorkshire and she's famous for her operatic pipes. Divina is pretty used to the stage having taken part in The Voice UK and All Together Now, while she also posts Drag Race reviews on YouTube.