Dawn French leaked as ‘Drag Race UK’ guest judge, filming to resume

During the latest episode of Jessie Ware’s podcast entitled Table Manners, The Vicar of Dibley actor Dawn French has outed herself as a possible guest judge on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK!

French let the news slip by saying: “Here’s a little scoop I’m going to give you. I’m going to be one of the [Drag Race UK] guest judges.”

She goes on to say, “They did originally ask me to be a full-time judge, but I couldn’t – I don’t live in London. But I am going to be a guest judge in a couple of weeks.”

The comic also hinted at some of the changes Drag Race UK has made in order to resume production after being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think there’s going to be Perspex between each judge kind of thing,” she said. “That’s a shame because I really do want to touch Ru!”

A BBC representative told Pink News: “Our lips are sealed. Our extra-special celebrity judges will be revealed in due course.”

The leak comes right after resident Drag Race UK judge, Alan Carr, has confirmed that the UK spin-off is set to resume filming very soon. Drag Race UK was all set to make a return to British TV screens this year, but the pandemic forced production on the second season to shut down halfway through.

“I’m filming in a fortnight’s time,” Carr said on Lorraine Tuesday, “so that will be nice to just get that finished”.

He also added: “It’s also good for some of the drag queens who maybe their sewing wasn’t that good, because in the lockdown, if they’ve got any sense, they’d be on that sewing machine, with that pedal down! No excuse, love.”

Before this announcement, the last official news was a statement in March saying that filming was on a “temporary pause”. 

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Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson (He/Him) is Senior Staff Writer at Gray Jones Media, and additionally works as a writer, editor and theatre artist/actor. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he studied at Dillard University, received a BA in Theatre from Morgan State University, an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and completed the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Programme in 2017. Having lived in Baltimore, the Washington, DC area, Philadelphia and New York City, he now resides and works in London, United Kingdom.