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Why is Maisie Williams a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK? What is her link to the LGBTQ community?

With the departure of Game of Thrones, fans of Maisie Williams were hoping she’d embark on an exciting new project, but we didn’t think it would be this!

The young starlet has just been announced as the first guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK!

But with this announcement has come a mixed reaction, with some being delighted that Maisie will be joining the star-studded lineup of judges and some wondering why she has been selected to be on the show.

So why is Maisie Williams going to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race? Here’s everything you need to know…

Maisie Williams arrives for the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere

Why is Maisie Williams on Drag Race UK?

Maisie was announced as the first guest judge on the UK spin-off of the hit American show. She will be joining the already confirmed lineup of RuPaul, Graham Norton, Alan Carr and our favourite Michelle Visage!

She has been a very public fan and supporter of the American series, so no doubt she was thrilled to ask to be on the show.

And it would seem her fans are pretty excited too!

What is Maisie’s link to the LGBTQ community?

Maisie has been vocal about her desire to not put labels on her sexuality in the past.

She has said, “I have no problem with anyone who would want to be labelled, but I also think that it is no one’s business”. And rightly so!

Her Game of Thrones cast mate Sophie Turner has said in the past that “People always think Maisie and I are a couple. I mean, I am obsessed with her, so you never know”. But the affection between the two is simply that, with Sophie now being married to Joe Jonas and Maisie settled down with a boyfriend.

What has Maisie said about being on Drag Race?

Maisie has spoken about her love for drag, not just on the TV show, but as an art form.

She said:

What I love the most about drag is the story of the drag queen behind the facade, 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.

Pictured: Maisie, Paris Fashion Week 2019.

When does Drag Race UK start?

All the details about Drag Race UK are being kept under wraps, with all the judges sworn to secrecy.

We know it will be airing on BBC Three at some point later this year, but the start date has yet to be confirmed.

We will continue to publish any more updates about the show’s release and start date.



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