DRAG RACE UK: GAME OF THRONES’ MAISIE WILLIAMS ANNOUNCED AS GUEST JUDGE 0 151

From slaying the Night King to just slaying full stop, Maisie Williams is the first celebrity guest judge to be confirmed for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, due on BBC Three later this year.

Bristol-born Maisie plays Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones, a role she has played since the age of 13. Now, at the age of 22, she is a global name, a fashionista, and a huge fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

As the cult fantasy drama Game Of Thrones draws to an end today, fans of Maisie Williams can rest assured that Arya Stark of Winterfell will continue to serve fierce in her next role as one of RuPaul’s extra special judges in the search for the first Drag Race UK superstar.

When asked to be one of RuPaul’s extra special judges, she jumped at the chance. Talking about her love of drag, Maisie says: “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. I love that about art and about drag.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is the first UK adaption of the Emmy-winning franchise and global hit and will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer.

Maisie will feature as a celebrity judge for one episode where she will appear alongside RuPaul and Michelle Visage. Graham Norton and Alan Carr will appear as rotating resident judges across the eight-part series, as previously announced.

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INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2019: THE SHORTLIST REVEALED 0 23

The shortlist for the Inside Soap Awards 2019 celebrates your favourite stars from HollyoaksEastEndersEmmerdaleCoronation Street and more.

The annual soap gala unveiled its ‘final four’ in categories ranging from Best Actor and Actress to Best Partnership and Best Shock Twist on Tuesday (October 1), ahead of the ceremony next Monday (October 7).

In the Best Actor category, EastEnders‘ Danny Dyer will battle it out with Jack P. Shepherd (Corrie), Jeff Hordley (Emmerdale) and Adam Woodward (Hollyoaks) for the prestigious gong.

Best Actress for 2019 will be pitting Lucy Pargeter (Emmerdale), Alison King (Corrie), Stephanie Davis (Hollyoaks) and Gillian Wright (EastEnders) in competition for the award.

The big four will be going be head-to-head as HollyoaksEmmerdaleCoronation Street and EastEnders all face off for the Best Soap prize at the end of the night.

Fans can still vote for their favourite soap until 12pm on Monday, October 7 by clicking here. Below is a full list of the categories

BEST ACTOR

  • Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
  • Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Adam Woodward (Brody Hudson, Hollyoaks)

BEST ACTRESS

  • Alison King (Carla Connor, Coronation Street)
  • Gillian Wright (Jean Slater, EastEnders)
  • Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Stephanie Davis (Sinead Shelby, Hollyoaks)

BEST BAD BOY

  • Mikey North (Gary Windass, Coronation Street)
  • Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
  • Ricky Champ (Stuart Highway, EastEnders)
  • Kyle Pryor (Laurie Shelby, Hollyoaks)

BEST BAD GIRL

  • Tanya Franks (Rainie Branning, EastEnders)
  • Louisa Clein (Maya Stepney, Emmerdale)
  • Claire King (Kim Tate, Emmerdale)
  • Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)

FUNNIEST MALE

  • Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
  • Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)
  • Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)

FUNNIEST FEMALE

  • Patti Clare (Mary Cole, Coronation Street)
  • Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
  • Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
  • Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)

BEST NEWCOMER (First appearance on or after 24 July 2018)

  • Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
  • Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
  • Jessica Plummer (Chantelle Atkins, EastEnders)
  • Niamh Blackshaw (Juliet Quinn, Hollyoaks)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR (Aged 18 or under on 1 July 2019)

  • Kara-Leah Fernandes (Bailey Baker, EastEnders)
  • Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)
  • Joe-Warren Plant (Jacob Gallagher, Emmerdale)
  • Aedan Duckworth (Ollie Morgan, Hollyoaks)

BEST PARTNERSHIP (Awarded to either a romantic pairing or on-screen double act)

  • Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer (Linda and Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Kara-Leah Fernandes and Roger Griffiths (Bailey and Mitch Baker, EastEnders)
  • Emma Atkins and Michelle Hardwick (Charity Dingle and Vanessa Woodfield, Emmerdale)
  • Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt (Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)

BEST SHOW-STOPPER (Awarded to a specific scene or episode that had the audience gripped)

  • Carla’s mental health episode (Coronation Street)
  • The factory collapse (Coronation Street)
  • Sean’s story (EastEnders)
  • Victoria’s rape (Emmerdale)

BEST SHOCK TWIST (Awarded to a plot reveal or revelation that had the audience gasping)

  • Gary is the factory killer! (Coronation Street)
  • Linda double-crosses Stuart! (EastEnders)
  • Flashbacks to the Big Night Out! (Emmerdale)
  • Breda is a serial killer! (Hollyoaks)

BEST EXIT

  • Bhavna Limbachia (Rana Connor, Coronation Street)
  • Bonnie Langford (Carmel Kazemi, EastEnders)
  • Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Lauren McQueen (Lily McQueen, Hollyoaks)

BEST DRAMA STAR

  • Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)
  • Michael Stevenson (Iain Dean, Casualty)
  • David Ames (Dominic Copeland, Holby City)
  • Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)

BEST DRAMA STORYLINE

  • Duffy’s dementia (Casualty)
  • Iain’s depression (Casualty)
  • Dom finds out that Ange is his birth mother (Holby City)
  • The Holby cyber-attack (Holby City)

BEST DAYTIME SOAP

  • Doctors
  • Home and Away
  • Neighbours

BEST DAYTIME STAR

  • Matthew Chambers (Daniel Granger, Doctors)
  • Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart, Home and Away)
  • Jodi Anasta (Elly Brennan, Neighbours)
  • Ryan Moloney (Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi, Neighbours)

BEST SOAP

  • Coronation Street
  • EastEnders
  • Emmerdale
  • Hollyoaks

X FACTOR CELEBRITY: MEET THE CONTESTANTS 0 27

This year, The X Factor is back but not as we know it… Well-known faces with dreams of becoming superstar singers will be fighting for the chance to be crowned The X Factor 2019 Champion in The X Factor: Celebrity.

This brand-new take on the nation’s most talked about music talent show will make its debut on TV screens this October and will feature some of the biggest names from the world of music, film, sport, television and social media.

The celebrity hopefuls will be leaving their comfort zones at the door as they battle it out in LA to make it through the first stage and all the way to the live shows in London to ultimately win a life changing record deal.

Music mogul Simon Cowell, ‘Shermazing’ Nicole Scherzinger and fan favourite Louis Walsh are returning as judges and reuniting with Mr Saturday Night himself, Dermot O’Leary for this unmissable series.

The celebrity singing sensations lined up to sing for Simon and co in LA are:

OVERS
• Journalist, Martin Bashir
• Talk Show host, Ricki Lake
• Quiz show champion, Jenny Ryan
• Actress, Victoria Ekanoye

UNDERS
• Reality star, Megan McKenna
• Model and Actress, Hayley Hasselhoff
• Soap star, Jonny Labey
• Film star, Olivia Olson
• Actor, Kevin McHale

GROUPS
• Reality stars Samira Mighty, Zara McDermott, Wes Nelson and Eyal Booker who form The Islanders
• Sports stars Ben Foden, Thom Evans and Levi Davis who form Try Star
• Professional dancer, Brendan Cole and actor, Jeremy Edwards who form Cole and Edwards
• Social Media Stars and CBBC Presenters Max and Harvey
• Influencers Sofia, Alondra, Laura, Wendii and Natalie who make up V5

THE ISLANDERS

Eyal, Samira, Wes and Zara all shot to fame in 2018 when they appeared on the fourth series of ITV2’s Love Island.  They’ve all since followed their own journey whilst remaining the best of friends. Wes reached the Dancing on Ice final in 2019, whilst Eyal has been snapped up by numerous modelling agencies as well as appearing on E4’s Celebs Go Dating. Samira has performed on the West End, featuring in Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, whilst Zara has worked on a number of projects that help engage young people into politics, a real passion of hers before Love Island.

MAX & HARVEY

Young duo Max and Harvey are 16-year-old Berkshire based twin brothers who rose to fame when a clip of them singing Justin Bieber went viral on app Tik Tok, earning them the number one UK act on the platform and helping them to build up a diehard fanbase which has since risen to a combined social following of over eight million. The pair began their singing career by performing at school talent shows and busking in their local town. Since their rise to fame, they have released numerous original songs, toured, have their own show on CBBC ‘Max and Harvey: FOMO’ and documentary ‘My Life: Max and Harvey,’ which gave fans an insight into their lives. They’ve also published a book ‘Max & Harvey: In a Book’ which chronicles their career and lives. 

TRY STAR

Thom Evans, Ben Foden and Levi Davis are all professional rugby players. Thom is a former Scottish international rugby union player and model, although his rugby career was cut short due to a serious neck injury. Levi Davis has represented England internationally at under 18 and under 19s level, and now plays for Bath United. Ben Foden currently plays for Rugby United New York but has also played for England internationally. Together they can’t wait to take singing more seriously and would love to make it through to the live shows.

COLE AND EDWARDS

Brendan Cole and Jeremy Edwards have been good friends for over 10 years having met at a Capital Radio event. Brendan is a professional ballroom dancer who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing for 15 years and has since appeared as a judge on New Zealand’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and as a guest judge on Britain’s Next Top Model. Jeremy is best known for playing heartthrob Kurt Benson in Hollyoaks. After leaving in 1999, Jeremy joined BBC’s medical drama Holby City. More recently, Jeremy returned to screens in CBBC’s Millie Inbetween

V5

V5 are international social media influencers, made up of Sofia, Alondra, Laura, Wendii and Natalie. They have a combined social media following of 11 million followers, with over 250 million channel views on YouTube.

JENNY RYAN

Jenny Ryan is one of the Chasers from ITV’s The Chase. Her knowledge has seen her compete on The Weakest Link, University Challenge and Mastermind. She initially was hired to write the questions for The Chase, then later became one of the Chasers in 2015, after fellow Chaser, Anne Hagerty recommended her.

VICTORIA EKANOYE

Victoria Ekanoye is best known for playing Angie Appleton in Coronation Street. She has also appeared in The Lion King in the West End as well as touring the US, South America and Europe in The Blues Brothers production. Victoria is currently filming for a new CBBC and Netflix show ‘The Worst Witch’.

MARTIN BASHIR

Martin Bashir began working as a journalist in 1986 but is most well-known from his BBC interview with Princess Diana for Panorama in 2003. He has won several awards for his work, including three BAFTA nominations and the RTS Journalist of the Year award in 1996.

RICKI LAKE

Emmy award winner, Ricki Lake is an American actress and talk show host, best known for The Ricki Lake Show which lasted 11 years. Her on-screen breakthrough began when she played the lead role of Tracey Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray, since then she has seen a lot of TV and film success, as well as being the Executive Producer of a documentary and the co-author of two books.

JONNY LABEY

Jonny Labey is a British actor best known for his role as Paul Coker in EastEnders. Following his character’s death on the show, he went on to win ITV’s Dance Dance Dance in 2017 with his girlfriend at the time, he then went on to tour with Strictly Ballroom as the lead role. Jonny wants to show people he is more than just a character from EastEnders and is in it to win it! 

MEGAN MCKENNA

Megan McKenna rose to fame after appearing on Ex on The Beach in 2015, she went on to feature on TOWIE for five series, as well as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebs Go Dating. Since her reality TV fame, she has released her own clothing range, make up range and released her autobiography ‘Mouthy’. Megan’s dream has always been music, and left TOWIE to be able to put 100% into her music career. She has released her own music for the past two years and had two sell-out shows in the UK.

OLIVIA OLSON

Olivia Olson is best known for playing the role of Joanna in Love Actually in 2003, where she sung ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Olivia took a step back from TV and Film for a while to focus on her school work but has since done animated voice acting for kids’ TV including Phineas and Ferb on Disney. Olivia has been writing original music and singing since a young age and released an album in 2018.

KEVIN MCHALE

Kevin McHale is an American actor, best known for the role of Artie in Glee. As well as acting, he has also co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards with Demi Lovato, and currently hosts a podcast called Showmance whilst focusing on perusing a solo music career. Kevin’s first foray into music was in pop boy band, NTL, who opened for The Pussycat Dolls on their tour. Since then he has released solo EP’s and wants to continue performing on a bigger scale and eventually have a music label of his own. 

HAYLEY HASSELHOFF

Hayley Hasselhoff is an American actress and model, and daughter of David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach. In 2010 she landed the leading role in TV series Huge, as well as featuring in her family’s reality TV series The Hasselhoff’s. In addition to acting she has modelled since the age of 14 and is now recognised for her efforts in promoting body positivity as a plus size model. She has modelled in New York Fashion Week and she recently released a plus sized clothing collection in the UK and features as ITV’s This Morning’s fashion expert around body positivity.