BBC RuPaul’s Drag Race 2022: Who is Manchester contestant Cheddar Gorgeous, line-up, start date, how to watch?

Everything you need to know about Cheddar Gorgeous from RuPaul’s Drag Race 2022, plus the full lineup, start date and how to watch.

RuPaul’s Drag Race is back for a fourth season and one of the contestants on the show this season is Cheddar Gorgeous, who is based in Manchester.

Joining 11 other drag performers, Cheddar will be hoping she can win the popular RuPaul-hosted reality competition.

Judged by showbiz stars Dame Joanna Lumley, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton, this season’s queens will be voted off the show based on their performances.

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    In episode one, RuPaul is set to welcome a brand new set of queens into the hallowed Werk Room for the first time before setting them a spicy challenge.

    Described as an Olympic-sized photo shoot, the queens will then serve two looks on the runway before being judged by some British showbiz stars.

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    In episode two and from then on, the pressure will mount up quickly as the queens are set tougher tasks – including the iconic girl group challenge.

    Here’s everything you need to know about RuPaul’s Drag Race 2022, including who Manchester contestant Cheddar Gorgeous is, the full line-up of queens, the start date and how to watch the show.

    When does RuPaul’s Drag Race 2022 start?

    RuPaul’s Drag Race will start on Thursday 22 September, with the first episode of series 4 being aired at 9pm on that date.

    The show, which is bound to see some iconic moments just like in series gone by, will run for 10 weeks - finishing on Thursday 24 November.

    Who is Cheddar Gorgeous from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK?

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    Cheddar Gorgeous from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Cheddar Gorgeous is a 38-year-old drag performer born in Birmingham who now resides and works in Manchester.

    Alongside Copper Topp, Cheddar is the joint-oldest contestant on series four of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

    Cheddar’s drag name refers to the British landmark Cheddar Gorge, as she has really enjoyed numerous visits there.

    In her Meet the Queens video, Cheddar said she believes she is the first ever RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant to hold a doctoral degree.

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    Before heading on the show, Cheddar Gorgeous said: “My drag is a living spectacle. A collage of makeup, costume and performance. You could see anything at a Cheddar Gorgeous show as my drag is otherworldly and ethereal.

    “Growing up, I was a bit of a geek and I was enamoured by aliens, gods, goddesses and strange monsters and now in my drag, I like to harness the energy of science fiction, fantasy and magic!”

    Cheddar can be found on Instagram, where she is verified and currently holds 125k+ followers, via @cheddar_gorgeous.

    RuPaul’s Drag Race UK 2022 full lineup

    The 11 other queens hoping to be Britain’s next drag superstar are:

    Baby

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    Baby from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 25

    From: South London

    Before heading on the show, Baby said: “I just have that spark! I have that flavour about me. I’m the girl who loves pop culture but also loves artsy stuff and I mash it together in a way that is so uniquely me I’m one of a kind – you’ll definitely not find another Baby!"

    Black Peppa

    Black Peppa from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

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    Age: 29

    From: Birmingham

    Before heading on the show, Black Peppa said: “I love spicy food and I always carry hot sauce in my bag. Back when I was growing up in the Caribbean, my mum always grew chillies in her garden and she made her own homemade hot pepper sauce and so I decided to call myself ‘Black Pepper’."

    Copper Topp

    Copper Topp from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 38

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    From: Cheltenham

    Before heading on the show, Copper Topp said: "I’m an old school queen, and I plan on being the campest queen. I love a look. Yes, I love a dip. Yes, I love jumping into the splits but it’s all about comedy and camp and serving it to the world. I love to sing. I rarely lip sync but don’t worry, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve. Those girls better watch out!"

    Dakota Schiffer

    Dakota Schiffer from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 22

    From: Sussex

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    Before heading on the show, Dakota Schiffer said: “I’m Dakota Schiffer, I’m 22 years old, I’m from Sussex and I’m ecstatic to be making Drag Race herstory as the first trans girl to walk through the doors of Drag Race."

    Danny Beard

    Danny Beard from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 29

    From: Liverpool

    Before heading on the show, Danny Beard said: "I’m here to be better. I want to leave the other side of Drag Race UK transformed. I want to show the world my whole self. I’m ready to show them that I can act, I can sing, I’m funny and I’ve got a big heart.

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    "I know I’ve got the minerals. I just hope I can hack the intensity and not get in my head. If they want me to change it up, I’ll change it up. Honestly, I am so nervous and excited to be on Drag Race UK. I can feel a fart brewing!"

    Jonbers Blonde

    Jonbers Blonde from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 33

    From: Belfast

    Before heading on the show, Jonbers Blonde said: "I put myself into the fashion category. Although, I’m more than that, I’m a performer too. I love to perform. I’ve been around the world with Melanie C and I’ve danced as a backing performer for Years & Years and Jessie Ware. The list could go on!"

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    Just May

    Just May from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 32

    From: Essex

    Before heading on the show, Just May said: "I’m Just May, I’m 32, I’m from Essex and I’m the world’s premier Geri Halliwell impersonator – that’s Ginger Spice for those that don’t know! I’ve made it to season four, and it’s about time, because they need to put a crown on a ginger!"

    Le Fil

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    Le Fil from from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 36

    From: Yorkshire

    Before heading on the show, Le Fil said: "My drag in three words would be androgynous, Asian and sensation!"

    Pixie Polite

    Pixie Polite from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

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    Age: 29

    From: Brighton

    Before heading on the show, Pixie Polite said: "If you come to a Pixie Polite show, you’ll get some powerhouse vocals, all the camp tunes anyone could want for and a little bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. Who doesn’t love a good time? I do."

    Sminty Drop

    Sminty Drop from from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 23

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    From: Lancashire

    Before heading on the show, Sminty Drop said:  "My drag look is Anna Faris in The House Bunny mixed with Megan Fox in Jennifer’s Body thrown into the adult sized body of a Bratz doll, who has crashed landed down from Doja Cat’s Planet Her."

    Starlet

    Starlet from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4

    Age: 23

    From: Surrey

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    Before heading on the show, Starlet said: "I live in Surrey but I’m originally from Johannesburg in South Africa. I moved here with my family six years ago. Growing up in South Africa, I had very little understanding of LGBTQ+ culture and I’d never even seen a drag queen, but now I’m in the UK, that’s all changed!"

    How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on TV and on demand

    RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series four will air on BBC Three every Thursday at 9pm for 10 weeks.

    As previously mentioned, the show will start on Thursday 22 September and end on Thursday 24 November.

    Drag Race will also be available on demand once each episode has aired via BBC iPlayer. Seasons one to three can also be streamed on BBC iPlayer.