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Lawrence Chaney is the stage name of Lawrence Edward Maidment, a drag performer and the winner of Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Drag Name Origin

In an interview conducted by METRO, Lawrence explained the origin of their Drag name. "Lawrence" comes from their real name Lawrence Maidment. "Chaney" was inspired by 1920s prolific silent movie star, "Lon Chaney". Lawrence explained "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."

Track Record(s)

Lawrence Chaney
Seasons Competed: UK Season 2
Ranking: 1st Place
(Winner)
Maxi Challenges Won: 3 (Eps. 3, 4, 5)
Mini Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 1, 2)
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 5)
Times in Bottom Two: 1 (Ep. 6)
Episode Eliminated: N/A

Memorable Quotes

UK Season 2

  • "I'm like the Loch Ness Monster, a legend." (entrance quote)
  • "Sorry sorry I'm late. I missed my train, there was a leaf on the line." (second entrance quote, after breakout)
  • "I'm Scottish drag royalty, which basically means that no-one in England knows who I am!"
  • "It's just like my friends list on Facebook: No-one!"
  • "I am the Susan Boyle of Drag Race UK."
  • "There's many amazing Scottish queens. But there's only one Lawrence Chaney! And she's sat here in this chair, and it's about to break!"
  • "That's brilliant! You couldn't have planned that!" (after Cherry Valentine's headpiece fell off)
  • "Do they have good teeth in Darlington? No." (to Cherry Valentine)
  • "This is why you need to stop doing drag at thirty, people." (On Ginny Lemon)
  • "I am your mum." (to Bimini Bon-Boulash)
  • Lawrence: "I think Bimini is one of my gals, and me and my gals, we eat chicken nuggets together."
    Producer: *chuckles* "She's vegan."
    Lawrence: "OH FUCK."
  • "I was never one that was terribly good in P.E., so I'm hoping right now that my mum can write me another sick note for this!"
  • "Put a Scottish queen on they said! It would be fun they said!" (during the Wimbled'hun photoshoot mini challenge)
  • "Alright, RuPaul? How's it hanging?"
  • "And let me tell you, being in that top three," (to Sister Sister)
  • "Get fucked!"
  • "We use the same six jokes and they're from Penguin chocolate bars." (about Ginny Lemon)
  • "I'll show you my shag-pipes." (to Sheridan Smith)
  • "Hi, RuPaul, how ya doing, hen?"
  • "I'm gay, I should be able to sing and dance!" (during rehearsals for Rats: The Rusical)
  • "TITS!"
  • "I'm giving you- oh my God I don't know what I'm giving you. Something terrifying."
  • "I'm not quite sucking willies yet!"
  • "There's a bit of a sexual tension between Tayce and A'Whora." (when Ru asks him if there's any rivalries in the cast)
  • "The way Tayce laughs at A'Whora's jokes... and nobody laughs at A'Whora's jokes."
  • "That's not sexy...In the slightest... Ginny looks like a sex doll with googly eyes on her!" (about Ginny Lemon wearing both a breast plate and padding)
  • "I may look like a 40 year old mother, but this 40 year old mother has got this win in the bag!"
  • "Fuck me sideways!"
  • "I'm buzzing oot ma tits!"
  • "I wonder if there's more to Ginny Lemon that we maybe don't want a slice of?"
  • "BAM!" [moans]
  • "So I'm painting the depression on?" (In response to Raven critiquing her eyebrows.)
  • "I'm A'Whora and I'm gonna spend the next 5 minutes talking about another drag queen in this competition!"
  • "This morning we have a very very very special word of the day. It begins with F. Can you guess what the word is at home? Phone-calls!"
  • "Ginny's had a glow-up." (referring to RuPaul in confessionals about his Ginny Lemon hair)
  • "Looking at the other group, it's the Golden Girls featuring their young friend, Ellie Diamond. Huh, what are the golden girls gonna kill us with? Cat piss?"
  • "CRINGE!"
  • "FUCK!"
  • "The fucks a P.M.A?" (in response to Bimini Bon-Boulash informing her that they should try to retain a Positive Mental Attitude)
  • "That's it!"
  • ♪"Dancing to a highland jig. Lawrence Chaney's up in this gig. From Helensburgh to Edinburgh. Everywhere I go I'm snatching wigs. I made my name in Glasgow city. Can't sing or dance, but I'm so witty. Me and my dolls are on a mission. Going to take this crown for RuRuvision."♪ (verse on UK Hun? by United Kingdolls)
  • "I am quite anal.... and I like it too!"
  • "*hiss*"
  • "FOR FREEDOM!"
  • "I'd like to address the ele, well, the camel, toe in the room." (During the standup challenge)
  • "Nick! Your son wants to tell ya he's gay!" (during the standup challenge)
  • "I'm fattered! Fat and shattered!"
  • ♪"Turn your frown upside down, and that's how you'll snatch the crown."♪ (Line from 'A Little Bit of Love')
  • ♪"Hiya, hen! Who’s that? It's me! The myth, the legend, Lawrence Chaney. Camp, fierce and always stunning, A thousand faces, but I ain't running. Mama Ru came from above, and now it's true, I feel the love! Big gal, with big wit, what's left to say? Oh yeah, that's it!” ♪(Verse in 'A Little Bit of Love')
  • "Listen, I've said a lot of things this season, so I'm gonna keep it short and swift: Who's ready for the purple reign?" (Winning speach)

Extras

  • "Och aye the noo!" (In Meet The Queens)
  • "There's a moose, loose, about this hoose." (In Meet The Queens)
  • "I'm almost like the Fat Bastard of drag from Austin Powers. 'GET IN MY BELLY!!!'" (In Meet The Queens)
  • "I know I look very like Darcey Bussell, but I am terrified of a dancing challenge - and I can't sing for shit! I just sound like I'm being castrated." (In Meet The Queens)
  • "I wanna be everywhere, like Syphilis. I wanna be everywhere!" (In Meet The Queens)
  • "I really want to showcase the inner beauty, and the outer beauty – and not wear leotards with fringe on them." (In their METRO interview)
  • "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." (In their BBC interview)
  • "Speaking of charts...um, where is, where is the other team in the charts?" (on Instagram Live with A'Whora)
  • "You've dethroned me as the frontrunner, which, I mean, I'm not terribly surprised at because I'm not running for anything, so of course someone catched up." (about Bimini Bon-Boulash winning her third challenge.)
  • "If you're team Chaney watching, thank you babes! If you're not, yer Da sells Avon!"
  • "I'll show YOU my shagpipes!" (Their PopBuzz 'Drag Race Yearbook' Quote.)

Trivia

  • Lawrence had been doing drag for six years before making it onto the show.
  • Lawrence aims to be the "next Lily Savage".[1]
  • Lawrence is a big fan of Irn-Bru.[2]
  • Lawrence's favourite colour is purple, as it reminds them of a chocolate bar.
    • Coincidentally, Lawrence was able to get the colour purple out of all the colours of the Progress Pride flag, for her promo look.
  • Lawrence considers their drag to be a combination of Susan Boyle and Rab C. Nesbitt, and her character is inspired by Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Michelle MacManus.
  • In the second episode's Mini Challenge, Lawrence won the title of "Leader of the House of Lording It Up", meaning her fellow castmates believed her to be the cockiest queen.
    • The title is a pun on the actual UK government position, the Leader of the House of Lords.
  • Lawrence is the first RuPaul's Drag Race UK contestant to win three challenges in a row.
    • She is the second contestant on Drag Race UK to win two consecutive challenges, after Baga Chipz in Series 1.
      • She is also tied with Baga Chipz as the earliest queen to win three challenges on Drag Race UK, each earning their third win by their fifth episode competing.
        • Coincidentally, each of their third wins were for a group musical challenge, which they won alongside the rest of their teams, with the subsequent singles released eventually reaching the Top 3 on the UK iTunes charts and placing in the Top 5 of the Official Big Top 40.
    • She is also (along with the fellow United Kingdolls, A'Whora, Bimini Bon-Boulash, and Tayce) among the first queens in the Drag Race franchise to have a quadruple challenge win.
  • Lawrence is the first contestant in the Drag Race franchise to win a Mini or Main Challenge in five consecutive episodes. She won the Mini Challenges in episodes 1 and 2, and won the Main Challenges in episodes 3, 4 and 5 of Series 2.
  • Lawrence, alongside Bimini Bon-Boulash, appeared on Buzzfeed UK playing 'Slag or Drag!'
  • Lawrence is now the fourth queen to make it to the finale with never receiving a "safe" after Nina Flowers on Season 1, Brooke Lynn Hytes on Season 11, and The Vivienne on UK Series 1.
    • Lawrence is also the second winner in RuPaul's Drag Race UK and overall to never place safe, after The Vivienne.
  • Lawrence is the seventh plus sized queen in the Drag Race franchise to make it to the finale, after Roxxxy Andrews, Ginger Minj, Kim Chi, Eureka O'Hara and Silky Nutmeg Ganache from the US series and Natalia Pliacam from the Thai series.
  • Lawrence was the first ever queen to receive critiques from a mannequin across the entire Drag Race franchise.
  • Lawrence thinks Bimini Bon-Boulash should be UK Season 2 Miss Congeniality.
  • Lawrence Chaney is the first plus size winner of RuPaul's Drag Race.
  • Lawrence is fourth Drag Race winner to land in the bottom for Snatch Game, after Trixie Mattel in All Stars 3, Yvie Oddly in Season 11, and Priyanka in Season 1 of Canada's Drag Race .
  • Lawrence is the franchise's first Scottish winner.
  • Lawrence is the fifth winner to walk in the Werk Room first, after Bianca Del Rio, Trixie Mattel, Shea Couleé, and Priyanka.
  • Lawrence, alongside Ellie Diamond, was featured on the documentary 'Mother Tuckers: Drag Queens of Glasgow'.
  • Lawrence has faced backlash during and after his run on the show. After Lawrence won Drag Race UK, she was attacked online for winning over Bimini Bon-Boulash and is hated by trolls. Two weeks prior, Lawrence was forced to delete his Twitter account due to bullying from fans.
  • During Episode 2, on the Surprise, surprise runway, Veronica Green revealed that Tayce had accidentally sprayed fake blood all over Lawrence Chaney while the queens were waiting to head to the runway.

Gallery

UK Season 2 Looks

Videos

Filmography

TV

  • RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 2, as contestant, placed 1st. (2021)

Social Media

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