Game of Thrones star announced as guest judge on Drag Race UK

A major Game of Thrones star has been announced as a guest judge on the upcoming debut season of Drag Race UK.

Maisie Williams – who’s best known for her role as Arya Stark on HBO’s acclaimed fantasy drama – will be joining RuPaul and Michelle Visage on the judging panel later this year.

“What I love the most about drag is the story of the drag queen behind the facade,” said the British actress.

“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.”

The news comes just hours after the controversial Game of Thrones series finale.

Drag Race UK will debut on BBC Three later this year and will run for eight episodes. It will reportedly have ten queens – none of which have been confirmed so far.

It was recently revealed that Cheryl will join RuPaul and Michelle Visage on the judging panel as a special guest judge, as well as British comedians Alan Carr and Graham Norton, who will rotate every episode like Ross Matthews and Carson Kressley.

Earlier this month, Mama Ru teased that there’ll be many more seasons of the British spin-off heading our way in the coming years.

“Oh my goodness, when they see this show, they are going to flip. And I predict that we will be doing this English edition of Drag Race for many years to come,” RuPaul said of the show’s future.

“I think also, audiences around the world are going to start to require the English version, because it’s different, it’s the same but it’s different. There’s a different tone.”

Explaining what makes the new version different from the American original, Michelle added: “There’s an English-ness, a British-ness about it, you can feel it. And I think that’s giving it a different life, and a charm that the American one doesn’t have.

“Although the American one obviously is the original and the best there is, it’s got a different charm to it, and I think people are going to fucking love it.”

We recently compiled a list of 14 gag-worthy queens we’d like to see on the UK edition of Drag Race. Check them out here and less us know if you agree with our list… 

Related: Here’s everything you need to know about RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

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