DRAG RACE UK: Who is Lawrence Chaney and where is she from?

Who is Lawrence Chaney

Everything you need to know about Lawerence Chaney ahead of the start of Drag Race UK on BBC 3.

Where is Drag Race UK’s Lawrence Chaney from?

I’m from Glasgow and every single stereotype that you are thinking right now about a Scottish person is, is true for me! I love Irn-Bru and a caramel wafer. I’m almost the Austin Powers “fat bastard” of drag! I think of my Scottishness as an asset. I am definitely very proud to be Scottish and Glaswegian.

How old is Lawrence Chaney?

Lawrence Chaney is 23 years-old

What is the drag scene like in Glasgow?

England has a very rich history of drag, but as the drag scene in Scotland is fairly new. The pay is dreadful. If you want to take up drag here, God help you – you’ll be living off noodles and cobwebs!

Where does you drag name come from?

My real name is Lawrence, but “Chaney” comes from a 1920’s prolific silent movie star. He was known as the man of a thousand faces and I’m known as the queen of a thousand faces, because I’m good at impersonation, stupid voices and general buffoonery

How would you describe your drag look?

I am a mix of Rab C. Nesbitt and Susan Boyle! I take a lot of pride in my appearance. I want to look fierce! I make most of my own costumes. I do my own hair and makeup. I even make my own hip pads. I do it all, and I take huge pride in being literally self-made.

I love anything pastel coloured. My favourite colour is purple. If it reminds me of a chocolate bar, then I’m there.

Who or what inspires your drag?

I am inspired by worldwide legends Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michelle MacManus – a big shout out for Michelle! I also love kitschy sci-fi and horror nerdy things. I often look like some kind of alien out of Dr Who.

And my drag is always silly. I started drag about six years ago, I loved seeing RuPaul looking so glamourous, but also so funny and ridiculous. I wanted to emulate that. I love walking onto a stage looking fabulous and then being daft. I’m here to bring you comedy and tickle your funny bone! It brings me so much joy.

Why does Lawrence Chaney do drag?

I was always a very arty kid, playing around with makeup hair and barbie dolls and when I approached thinking about Uni and study, nothing really spoke to me… apart from drag.  I realised that not only did drag fully encompass all of my passions and skills, it gave me license to be fabulous – so I went for it! For me drag is pure escapism.

What challenges are you hoping to slay?

I’m looking forward to comedy challenges, sketches and Snatch Game. I’ve got a lot of personalities in me!  I am so competitive, even when it’s not a competition! I’m the friend that tries to out-sing you in the car when Mariah comes on!

Which challenges are you most nervous about?

I know I look very much like Darcey Bussell, but I am terrified of dancing challenges. I have two left feet, that are made of pure wood. I can’t sing either. I try, but unfortunately, it sounds like I’m being castrated.

Why RuPaul’s Drag Race UK?

It’s magical! In a world with so much hate and abuse for being different, this show celebrates difference. How amazing!    

Also, I want to realise my dream of being a plus size supermodel from South East Glasgow. I want to set a precedent. I really want to show the world what this big diva can do. We can look fierce, wear high fashion too, not every joke needs to be a fat joke.

Mr. Man

I really want to showcase the inner beauty, and the outer beauty – and not wear leotards with fringe on them as we all know Michelle Visage HATES that. I want to progress further, travel the world and be everywhere, like syphilis, everywhere! I want everyone to be in on this joke.

I am so ready for this race. I want to slay every challenge and take home that crown!

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