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UK Hun? Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan announced as guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK

It was absolutely incredible. The first time I saw Ru was when she walked down the runway… it was beyond incredible.”

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Nicola Coughlan will appear as a guest judge on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Nicola Coughlan will appear as a guest judge on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Nicola Coughlan will appear as a guest judge on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan will appear as a guest judge on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

The actor, who is best known for playing schoolgirl Clare Devlin in the hit Channel 4 comedy and socialite Penelope Featherington in Netflix’s Bridgerton, announced the news this morning.

Nicola is a self-proclaimed superfan of the award-winning franchise and was delighted to finally ru-veal that she would be sitting alongside RuPaul himself.

Taking to social media today, the Galway native said: “Because I am what? A Sickening Extra Special Guest Judge Bish!

“When RuPaul asked me on the @dragraceukbbc panel I felt gorgeous, I felt perfect, I felt like Linda Evangelista, like a model.

“If your question is U K Hun did you feel ready? I didn’t have to get ready I stay ready.”

She added that appearing as a guest judge on the show was a “lifelong dream” of hers and admitted that she struggled to keep it a secret for so long.

Speaking to Gay Times, Nicola spoke about her “incredible” experience on the show and said that her drag name would be Kylie Gender – a mix between Kylie Jenner, Kylie Minogue and Clarke Gable.

She said: “One of the first things I had to do on set was walk down the runway and it was terrifying! It was like a dream because I have seen the show so many times as I’m such a huge fan.

“It was absolutely incredible. The first time I saw Ru was when she walked down the runway… it was beyond incredible.”

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Nicola won't be the only Irishwoman headed for the Drag Race stage, as former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle was also announced as a guest judge for Season 3.

Comedian Matt Lucas, actor Russell Tovey, and legendary star Kathy Burke will also appear across the series.

Season 3 of Drag Race UK begins on 23rd September with twelve queens competing to make herstory.

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