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The fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race UK was officially announced on October 27, 2021 by BBC Three via Instagram.[3] Casting opened that same day, with deadline of November 10, 2021.[3]

The cast was revealed on September 7, 2022.[1] The promo theme was "Hometown".[4]

The second episode of the season was dedicated to Cherry Valentine, who passed away on September 18 2022 and was announced on September 23 2022.[5]

The winner of the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race UK was Danny Beard, with Cheddar Gorgeous placing as the runner-up.

Contestants

UK4Cast

(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Age[1] Location[1] Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7 Ep. 8 Ep. 9 Ep. 10
Runway Girl
Groups
Design Improv Rusical Snatch
Game
Make
Over
Acting Roast Finale
1st
(Winner)
Danny Beard DannyBeardDRUK4MiniPromo 29 Liverpool,
England
SAFE WIN SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN WIN SAFE HIGH HIGH WIN WINNER
2nd
(Runner-Up)
Cheddar Gorgeous CheddarGorgeousDRUK4MiniPromo 38 Manchester,
England
SAFE WIN LOW HIGH SAFE WIN WIN WIN LOW RUNNER
UP
3rd/4th Black Peppa BlackPeppaDRUK4MiniPromo 29 Birmingham,
England
WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE
Team
Captain
BTM2
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE SAFE BTM2 SAFE BTM2 BTM2 ELIM
Jonbers Blonde JonbersBlondeDRUK4MiniPromo 33 Belfast,
Northern Ireland
SAFE BTM2 LOW SAFE HIGH HIGH LOW BTM2 HIGH ELIM
5th Pixie Polite PixiePoliteDRUK4MiniPromo 29 Brighton,
England
SAFE WIN SAFE HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
LOW BTM2 SAFE ELIM GUEST
6th Dakota Schiffer DakotaSchifferDRUK4MiniPromo 22 West Sussex,
England
BTM2 WIN
Team
Captain
WIN SAFE BTM2 SAFE ELIM GUEST GUEST
7th Le Fil LeFilDRUK4MiniPromo 36 West Yorkshire,
England
SAFE WIN HIGH LOW LOW ELIM GUEST GUEST
8th
(Quit)
Baby BabyDRUK4MiniPromo 25 London,
England
SAFE SAFE WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
BTM2 BTM2
+
QUIT
9th Sminty Drop SmintyDropDRUK4MiniPromo 23 Lancashire,
England
HIGH LOW HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
ELIM GUEST GUEST
10th Copper Topp CopperToppDRUK4MiniPromo 38 Cheltenham,
England
LOW WIN ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
GUEST GUEST
11th Starlet StarletDRUK4MiniPromo 23 Surrey,
England
HIGH ELIM GUEST GUEST
12th Just May JustMayDRUK4MiniPromo 32 Essex,
England
ELIM GUEST GUEST
The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race UK.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant was eliminated at the finale and did not reach Lip Sync For The Crown.
The contestant won the maxi challenge.
The contestant won the maxi challenge alongside another contestant.
The contestant was one of the best but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant was one of the worst but did not place in the bottom.
The contestant placed in the bottom and neither were eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom and won the Lip Sync for your life.
The contestant placed in the bottom, lost the Lip Sync for your life, and was eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom, but quit the competition after the lip sync.
The contestant appeared as a guest, but was out of the running.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Airdate
30 1 ST4RT Your Engines September 22, 2022
31 2 Yass-tonbury Festival September 29, 2022
32 3 Naff-ta Awards October 6, 2022
33 4 Catty Man October 13, 2022
34 5 Lairy Poppins - The Rusical October 20, 2022
35 6 Snatch Game - UK Season 4 October 27, 2022
36 7 Makeover Challenge November 3, 2022
37 8 The Squirrel Games November 10, 2022
38 9 Comedy Queens November 17, 2022
39 10 Grand Finale - UK Season 4 November 24, 2022

Episode 1: "ST4RT Your Engines"

Airdate: September 22, 2022

Synopsis:

12 fabulous new drag queens enter the werk room for the first time. Dame Joanna Lumley joins Michelle Visage and Graham Norton as RuPaul determines which queen is the first to go.

RuPaul welcomes a brand new set of queens into the hallowed werk room for the first time and quickly sets them their first spicy challenge – an Olympic-sized photo shoot. The queens then serve two looks on the runway.

British showbiz royalty Dame Joanna Lumley joins Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the judging panel to help RuPaul determine who will be the first queen to sashay away. The pressure is on – no-one wants to be eliminated first!

Twelve fabulous new drag queens enter the werk room for the first time. Dame Joanna Lumley joins Michelle Visage and Graham Norton as RuPaul determines which queen is the first to go.

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Episode 1 Judges

  • Guest Judge: Joanna Lumley
  • Mini Challenge: Photoshoot inspired by the Spice Girls' 2012 London Olympics entrance.
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Black Peppa
  • Maxi Challenge: Serve up two runway looks: a BBC 100th Anniversary Tribute look and a look inspired by their signature drag.
  • Runway Theme: Keeping it 100! and Ru Are You?
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Black Peppa
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Dakota Schiffer and Just May
  • Lip Sync Song: "Let Them Know" by Mabel
  • Eliminated: Just May
  • Farewell Message: "It was gonna be May! Love you all XO"

Entrance Order

1 Danny Beard
2 Baby
3 Pixie Polite
4 Sminty Drop
5 Starlet
6 Jonbers Blonde
7 Black Peppa
8 Just May
9 Dakota Schiffer
10 Copper Topp
11 Le Fil
12 Cheddar Gorgeous

Episode 2: "Yass-tonbury Festival"

Airdate: September 29, 2022

Synopsis:

Girl Group week comes early! FKA twigs joins Ru, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the panel and Cathy Dennis pops by to share her songwriting wisdom.

RuPaul’s search for the UK’s Next Drag Race superstar continues.

The queens may have only just settled in, but there’s no time to catch their breath as they stage the first ever Yass-tonbury Festival. Split into two teams, they record and perform their very own pop anthems in the iconic girl group challenge.

Pop legend Cathy Dennis shares a songwriting masterclass, while music superstar FKA twigs joins RuPaul on the judging panel.

Michelle Visage and Graham Norton complete the festival line-up as RuPaul decides who should be the next queen to sashay away from the competition.

Girl Group week comes early! FKA twigs joins Ru, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the panel, and Cathy Dennis pops by to share her song writing wisdom.

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Episode 2 Judges

  • Special Guest: Cathy Dennis
  • Guest Judge: FKA Twigs
  • Maxi Challenge: Write and perform original lyrics to "Come Alive" in two competing groups.
  • Runway Theme: Neon Nights
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Cheddar Gorgeous, Copper Topp, Danny Beard, Dakota Schiffer, Le Fil, and Pixie Polite
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Jonbers Blonde and Starlet
  • Lip Sync Song: "About You Now" by Sugababes
  • Eliminated: Starlet
  • Farewell Message: "Every fairy tale has an ending, but this is only the beginning. XXX⭐"

Yass-tonbury Festival Acts

The Triple Threats Queens of the Bone Age
Black Peppa Dakota Schiffer
Baby Danny Beard
Sminty Drop Le Fil
Jonbers Blonde Cheddar Gorgeous
Starlet Pixie Polite
Copper Topp

Episode 3: "Naff-ta Awards"

Airdate: October 6, 2022

Synopsis:

Supermodel Leomie Anderson joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as the queens tackle a Bingo themed design challenge.

The search for the UK’s next Drag Race superstar continues.

It’s awards season as the queens compete for trophies at the inaugural Naff-ta Awards. Then it’s eyes down as RuPaul tests the queens’ creative sewing skills in a bingo-themed design challenge. Who will hit the jackpot?

Supermodel Leomie Anderson joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as RuPaul decides who should be the next queen to sashay away.

Supermodel Leomie Anderson joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as the queens tackle a bingo-themed design challenge.

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Episode 3 Judges

  • Special Guest: Leomie Anderson
  • Mini Challenge: NAFF-TA Awards
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Baby, Black Peppa, Copper Topp, Dakota Schiffer, and Sminty Drop
  • Maxi Challenge: Pairs bingo-inspired Design Challenge
  • Runway Theme: Bingo She Better Don't!
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Baby and Dakota Schiffer
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Black Peppa and Copper Topp
  • Lip Sync Song: "This is Real" by Jax Jones and Ella Henderson
  • Eliminated: Copper Topp
  • Farewell Message: "Love you all so much! Count your lucky stars you won't be playing me at SNATCH GAME. Love Old Maiden. XXX"

Bingo Pairs

First Drawn Second Drawn Color
Le Fil Sminty Drop Blue
Baby Dakota Schiffer Black
Cheddar Gorgeous Copper Topp Gold
Danny Beard Pixie Polite Purple
Black Peppa Jonbers Blonde Green

Episode 4: "Catty Man"

Airdate: October 13, 2022

Synopsis:

The queens’ improv skills are tested as they star on Alan Carr’s brand-new chat show – Catty Man. Queen of Daytime TV Alison Hammond guest judges.

RuPaul’s search for the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar continues.

The queens’ improv acting skills are put to the test as they star on Alan Carr’s chat show Catty Man.

Queen of daytime TV Alison Hammond joins Alan and Michelle Visage on the judging panel as RuPaul decides which is the next queen to sashay away.

The queens’ improv skills are tested as they star on Alan Carr’s chat show Catty Man. Queen of daytime TV Alison Hammond guest judges.

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Episode 4 Judges

  • Special Guest: Alison Hammond
  • Mini Challenge: Line of Booty Duty
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Pixie Polite
  • Maxi Challenge: Improv on Alan Carr's show Catty Man
  • Runway Theme: The Mane Event- "Love your hair, hope you win"
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Danny Beard
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Baby and Sminty Drop
  • Lip Sync Song: "Respectable" by Mel & Kim
  • Eliminated: Sminty Drop
  • Farewell Message: The Manchester Mannequin started panicking, but this is NOT the last runway you'll see me on ♡. Sminty ♡

Catty Man Teams

Curiosity Killed the Katrina Kats Got my Tongue The Catfish is Out of the Bag
Cheddar Gorgeous Curiosity Baby Kitty Kat Black Peppa Lucky
Danny Beard Mystic Mog Dakota Schiffer Tabitha Jonbers Blonde Claudia
Pixie Polite Katrina Le Fil Dr. Feline Muchbetta Sminty Drop Catty Fisher

Episode 5: "Lairy Poppins - The Rusical"

Airdate: October 20, 2022

Synopsis:

It’s Rusical week! Star of stage and screen Hannah Waddingham joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as the curtain falls on another queen.

RuPaul’s search for the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar continues. It’s Rusical week! The pressure is on as the queens’ singing, acting and dancing skills are truly challenged in Lairy Poppins – The Rusical.

Award-winning star of stage and screen Hannah Waddingham joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as the curtain falls on another queen.

It’s Rusical week! Star of stage and screen Hannah Waddingham joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as the curtain falls on another queen.

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Episode 5 Judges

Lairy Poppins Roles

Contestant Role Runway Inspiration
Baby Martha Prude & Juliet
Black Peppa The Twins The Lion King
Cheddar Gorgeous Rochelle Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Dakota Schiffer The Twins Funny Girl
Danny Beard Lairy Poppins Little Shop of Horrors
Pixie Polite Lick Van Dyke Hairspray
Jonbers Blonde Bird Woman Singin' in the Rain
Le Fil OG Mary The King and I

Episode 6: "Snatch Game - UK Season 4"

Airdate: October 27, 2022

Synopsis:

Strictly stars Tess Daly and AJ Odudu play the iconic Snatch Game while Spice Girl Mel B joins RuPaul as his extra special guest judge alongside Michelle Visage and Alan Carr.

The search for the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar continues.

The queens showcase their comedy improv skills and best celebrity impressions on one of Drag Race’s toughest challenges - The Snatch Game.

Joining in the fun are Strictly Come Dancing stars Tess Daly and AJ Odudu. Pop legend and Spice Girl Mel B joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as another queen sashays away.

Strictly stars Tess Daly and AJ Odudu play the iconic Snatch Game, while Spice Girl Mel B joins RuPaul as his extra special guest judge alongside Michelle Visage and Alan Carr.

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Episode 6 Judges

  • Special Guests: Baga Chipz, AJ Odudu, and Tess Daly
  • Guest Judge: Mel B
  • Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Tickled Pink
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Cheddar Gorgeous
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Black Peppa and Le Fil
  • Lip Sync Song: "Stop" by Spice Girls
  • Eliminated: Le Fil
  • Farewell Message: ♡ Keep whippin' that hair ♡ & smash those gender roles! ♡ Love Le Fil-osophical ♡

Snatch Game Character

Contestant Celebrity
Black Peppa Lil Nas X
Cheddar Gorgeous Queen Elizabeth I
Dakota Schiffer Pete Burns
Danny Beard Cilla Black
Pixie Polite Dame Shirley Bassey
Jonbers Blonde Saint Paddy
Le Fil Marie Kondo

Episode 7: "Makeover Challenge"

Airdate: November 3, 2022

Synopsis:

It’s the return of the beloved makeover challenge as the queens share the art of drag with some very special makeover subjects. Boy George and Drag Race All Star Raven join the fun.

RuPaul’s search for the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar continues.

This edition sees the long-awaited return of the much-loved makeover challenge. In an emotional episode, the six remaining queens face one of their toughest challenges yet as they share the art – and pain – of drag with some very special makeover subjects.

Drag Race icon and Emmy award-winning make-up artist Raven pops by to share tips and advice. British pop royalty and all-round icon Boy George joins Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the judging panel as they deliberate the fate of yet another queen. Who will sashay away this week?

It’s the return of the much-loved makeover challenge as the queens share the art of drag with six very special makeover subjects. Boy George and US Drag Race star Raven join the fun.

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Episode 7 Judges

  • Guest Judges: Raven and Boy George
  • Maxi Challenge: Makeover the Queen Team
  • Runway Theme: Family Makeover Realness
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Cheddar Gorgeous
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Dakota Schiffer and Pixie Polite
  • Lip Sync Song: "Miss Me Blind" by Culture Club
  • Eliminated: Dakota Schiffer
  • Farewell Message: The Doll may have left this valley but she certainly left her mark! TRANS RIGHTS!

Episode 8: "The Squirrel Games"

Airdate: November 10, 2022

Synopsis:

The queens’ acting skills are tested as they star in a murderous twist on a reality TV classic. Celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale guest judges alongside Michelle Visage and Alan Carr.

The search for the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar continues. This week, the queens’ overacting skills are put to the test as they star in The Squirrel Games – a murderous twist on a reality TV classic.

Supermodel and celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale joins RuPaul as his extra special guest judge alongside Michelle Visage and Alan Carr as the queens once again fight for their survival.

The queens’ stand-up skills are tested as they campaign for a place in the grand finale. Comedy star Aisling Bea and actor and singer Olly Alexander guest-star.

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Episode 8 Judges

  • Guest Judge: Lorraine Pascale
  • Maxi Challenge: Act in the murder mystery The Squirrel Games
  • Runway Theme: Ruff and Ready
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Cheddar Gorgeous
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Black Peppa and Jonbers Blonde
  • Lip Sync Song: "Some Kinda Rush" by Booty Luv
  • Eliminated: None
Contestant Character
Black Peppa Bev Growls
Cheddar Gorgeous Minxie
Danny Beard Divine-Ah Dickall
Jonbers Blonde Sassy and Fugly the Dog
Pixie Polite Kimmy Booburn

Episode 9: "Comedy Queens"

Airdate: November 17, 2022

Synopsis:

RuPaul’s search for the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar has reached the semi-final. This week the remaining queens must take to the mic, writing their own material for a stand-up comedy challenge that sees them hit the campaign trail to secure a place in the grand finale. Comedy star Aisling Bea pops by to offer the queens stand-up tips while actor and pop star Olly Alexander joins RuPaul as his extra special guest judge alongside Michelle Visage and Alan Carr as another queen is asked to sashay away.

RuPaul’s search for the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar has reached the semi-final.

The remaining queens must take to the mic, writing their own material for a stand-up comedy challenge that sees them hit the campaign trail to secure a place in the grand finale.

Comedy star Aisling Bea pops by to offer the queens stand-up tips, while actor and pop star Olly Alexander joins RuPaul as his extra-special guest judge, alongside Michelle Visage and Alan Carr, as another queen is asked to sashay away.

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Episode 9 Judges

  • Guests: The Eliminated Contestants of Season 4
  • Guest Judge: Olly Alexander
  • Maxi Challenge: Roast the other competitors
  • Runway Theme: Pretty in Punk
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Danny Beard
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Black Peppa and Pixie Polite
  • Lip Sync Song: "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
  • Eliminated: Pixie Polite
  • Farewell Message: You're a fabulous top 4 ♡ BUT #pixiewozrobbed! Very Rude!
# Contestant
1 Danny Beard
2 Jonbers Blonde
3 Black Peppa
4 Pixie Polite
5 Cheddar Gorgeous

Top Four of Season 4

Contestant Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamPeppaUK4 1
(Ep. 1)
4
(Eps. 3, 6, 8, 9)
TeamCheddarUK4 4
(Eps. 2, 6, 7, 8)
0
TeamDannyUK4 4
(Eps. 2, 4, 5, 9)
0
TeamJonbersUK4 0 2
(Eps. 2, 8)

Episode 10: "Grand Finale - UK Season 4"

Airdate: November 24, 2022

Synopsis:

It’s the Grand Finale! Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and the eliminated queens are all on hand as RuPaul crowns the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar!

It’s the grand finale! The competition concludes in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza fight for the crown.

Choreographer Claudimar Neto coaches the queens through their intense final challenge, while Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and the eliminated queens return to witness RuPaul crown the UK’s next Drag Race superstar.

It’s the grand finale! Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and the eliminated queens are all on hand as RuPaul crowns the UK’s next Drag Race superstar.

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Episode 10 Judges

  • Special Guest: Claudimar Neto
  • Maxi Challenge: Write and record a verse for a performance of A Mega Mix of RuPaul's songs
  • Runway Theme: Grand Finale Eleganza
  • Top 2 of the Season: Danny Beard & Cheddar Gorgeous
  • Eliminated: Black Peppa and Jonbers Blonde
  • Lip Sync Song: "This Is My Life" by Shirley Bassey
  • Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 4: Danny Beard
  • Runner-Up: Cheddar Gorgeous
# Contestant RuPaul Song
1 Black Peppa Sissy That Walk
2 Cheddar Gorgeous The Realness
3 Danny Beard Call Me Mother
4 Jonbers Blonde Kitty Girl

Gallery

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Check out the video gallery to see challenge performances, runways, lip syncs, and more!

Trivia

  • This is the first season in the RuPaul's Drag Race Franchise...
    • ... to not feature the contestant who was unable to continue competing due to a medical complication, Victoria Scone on UK Season 3.
    • ... to have six contestants win a single challenge together.
    • ... where RuPaul is not present on the Main Stage for an episode, on Episode 7.[6]
    • ... where every contestant, except for the first eliminated, was in the top at least once.
    • ... where two queens reached the finale with four challenge wins and never having to lip-sync for their life: Danny Beard and Cheddar Gorgeous.
  • This is the first UK Season...
    • ...to have a trans woman compete, Dakota Schiffer.
    • ...to not feature a song by Dua Lipa as a lip sync.
    • To have its Snatch Game on the main stage.
    • To not feature Gemma Collins in any way in its Snatch Game, as in Season 1, Cheryl Hole portrayed her, on Season 2 she was a guest judge, and on Season 3 Kitty Scott-Claus portrayed her.
  • This season has produced a total of two returning contestants:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Meet the RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 4 cast of queens | Entertainment Weekly — September 7, 2022
  2. Post by wowpresentsplus | Instagram — September 1, 2022
  3. 3.0 3.1 Post by bbcthree | Instagram — October 27, 2021
  4. Post by iamLeFil | Twitter — September 8, 2022
  5. Cherry Valentine, 'Drag Race UK' star, dead at 28 | CNN — September 23, 2022
  6. wowpresentsplus on Twitter | Twitter — October 28, 2022

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