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Amanda Brugel is a Canadian actress and one of the judges on Season 2 of Canada's Drag Race.


Brugel was born in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. Her mother later married a man of South Asian and Jewish descent, who later adopted Brugel.

She started out as a dancer, but quit when she grew to be taller than her partners. She entered the renowned Theatre Program at York University with a Fine Arts talent scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000.


In 1999, Brugel made her acting debut in the HBO drama film Vendetta, alongside Christopher Walken. In 2000, she had a role in A Diva's Christmas Carol, a Christmas television film starring Vanessa Williams, Rozonda Thomas, and Kathy Griffin. She made her feature film debut as Geko in the slasher horror film Jason X (2001) and starred in the horror television film Kaw (2007).

Brugel had recurring roles as Sita Petronelli in the USA Network drama series Eyewitness (2016) and as Sonia in the CBC comedy series Workin' Moms (2018), for which she was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy.

Beginning in 2017, Brugel had a recurring role as "Rita" on the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale. From the second season on, Brugel became a main cast member on the series and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award three consecutive years for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and won a Gold Derby Award in 2018 for Ensemble of the Year.

From 2019 to 2020, Brugel had a recurring role as Faith Hanlon in the USA Network teen drama series Dare Me. In 2020, she appeared as Eugenia in multiple episodes of the TNT post-apocalyptic drama series Snowpiercer, which is an adaptation of the film of the same name. Also that year, Brugel starred as Kayla in the action thriller film Becky.

In 2020, Brugel appeared as a panellist on Canada Reads, advocating for Samra Habib's memoir We Have Always Been Here. She successfully defended the memoir and won the competition.

On June 29, 2021, it was announced that Brugel would join Brooke Lynn Hytes, Traci Melchor and Brad Goreski on the judges panel of Canada's Drag Race Season 2.

Memorable Quotes

  • "We just wanted you to know that it was... it was weird as shit." (after the Kimora vs Gia lipsync)



Canada's Drag Race Season 1

Canada's Drag Race Season 1 Looks

Canada's Drag Race Season 2

Canada's Drag Race Season 2 Looks

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