After a series that saw a dramatic Covid shutdown, spectacular performances and a Top 40 single, the second-ever winner of Drag Race UK has been announced as Glasgow queen Lawrence Chaney, according to the BBC
Lawrence – who calls herself “Scottish drag royalty” – says about the latest season: “It was something that really blew us away filming it and I’m glad it’s blown everyone away watching it.”
“Genuinely, I love Drag Race as a fan,” Lawrence adds. “It’s been a big part of [my life] since before doing drag. It’s more than just a career.”
“Scotland babes, I brought the crown home,” Lawrence said in the final episode.
In episode five, Lawrence formed the girl group the United Kingdolls, who released a version of the song UK Hun. In Thursday’s final episode – when the queens were tasked with performing an original solo verse and choreography for RuPaul’s song A Little Bit of Love – Lawrence triumphed over fellow finalists Ellie Diamond, Tayce and Bimini Bon Boulash to take the crown and the title of “the UK’s next Drag Race superstar”.
The finale prize is a trip to Hollywood where Lawrence will film her own series with the producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“Congratulations to our first Scottish queen, Laurence Chaney,” host RuPaul said. “Your charisma uniqueness nerve and talent have charmed the world. To our runners up, the incredible Bimini Bon Boulash and Tayce, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of you in the future.
“To all our amazing queens, thank you for sharing your much-needed love, light and laughter during these challenging times.”
This series of the BBC Three reality show saw the contestants have conversations on everything from race to gender identity – with fans praising the show for the frank exchanges.
“We have the responsibility to make sure that people in five years who are rewatching the season get to know more about queer history through us,” Lawrence says. “You’ve got to be woke and not be afraid to talk about certain topics.”