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The Vivienne is the stage name of James Williams, the Winner of Season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Drag Name Origin

"I love Vivienne Westwood, and when I moved to Liverpool everyone used to call me Vivienne, as I was head to toe in Westwood, so when I started doing drag it was a natural progression, but I didn’t want one of those cheap, nasty, slutty drag names so I thought of 'The Vivienne' and here she is, there’s only one of them." The Vivienne explain about her drag name on a ITW.

Track Record(s)

The Vivienne
Season Competed: UK Season 1
Ranking: 1st Place
(Winner)
Mini-Challenges Won: 0
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 2)
Main Challenges Won: 3 (Eps. 1, 4, 6)
Times in Bottom: 1 (Ep. 5)
Episode Eliminated: N/A

Entrance Quote

  • "Don't get too comfy, girls. This is gonna take two minutes." *laughs*

Memorable Quotes

UK Season 1

  • *laugh* "You liar." (talking to RuPaul about the first Photoshoot Challenge)
  • "Let's go guerls."
  • "OKURRRRRR? Trademark." (as Cardi B)
  • "Don't you start with me, 'cause I won't take it." (as Kim Woodburn)
  • "Who put 50p in Cheryl?"
  • "I haven't, this is my face!" (to Michelle Visage)
  • "I won, I'm telling the girls, I rule the roost."
  • "I'm gonna sell it on Ebay in 5 years." (referring to her first RuPeter Badge)
  • "I'm Serena Shart. Bond's probably had a go of her, but she's probably gonna kill him."
  • "Well I was having a root through a big box and found all Michelle's old sex tapes, then I found some cricket pads, and this happened." (discussing her posh on a penny look)
  • "Are you local?"
  • "All tea, no collusion, specially with Russia or China." (as Donald Trump in Snatch Game)
  • "This woman's an inspiration. If anyone knew how to fuck up a country it was her." (to Baga Chipz as Margaret Thatcher, as Donald Trump in Snatch Game)
  • "Cheryl Hole, or as you're more affectionely known, Cheryl Baggy Battered Thirsty Hole." (Reading is Fundamental)
  • "I can sing, Cheryl can dance, Crystal is...skinny."
  • *Cough*
  • "Yeah, it was good..."
  • ♪ "Cus I'm a superstar, so lets B-R-A-K... that's brak!" ♪
  • ♪ "Think you can control me, when you both look like men? Don't dictate what I'm wearing, bitch, I'm The Vivienne! I do what I want to, you don't own me, I'm not your possession, you're not my cup of tea (tea, tea, huh) (bye bye, move bitch)" ♪ (verse on Break Up (Bye Bye) by Filth Harmony.)
  • "I'm giving you rich Scouse girl, ladies' day, she's got a bottle of vodka in her bag and she doesn't give a shit."
  • "Come on love, we haven't got all day." (as Kim Woodburn)
  • "You're gonna take someone's eye out with that, my love." (as Kim Woodburn)
  • "I'll be honest with you, now that I've seen you here, you are 20 times the drag queen you are in the outside world, because for the past ten years, I’ve seen Divina in a red wig and a silver dress." (refering to Divina De Campo)
  • "AM DRIPPIN!"
  • "Drippin': keepin' you wet and your fella made up!"
  • "First things first, have you shaved ya minge?" (to her mother)
  • ♪ "The Viv calling everyone, you know I'm the number one! Snatching trophies three, two, hah! I'll be your queen, oh, lady! Reigning in every land, come on now, take my hand, let's lift off to the sky, I wanna take you higher! Everybody look up to the night sky, I wanna take you to, to, to, to to the moon!" ♪ (verse on To The Moon)
  • "It's been absolutely great, it's been tremendous thank you." (Winner acceptance speech, as Donald Trump)

Extras

From "I Like to Watch"
  • "That's lower production than Vinegar Strokes' music video."
  • Vivienne: "I'll tell you a good story," Baga: "I know what she's going to say." [laughing] Vivienne: "One of me best friends, Cyanne, she said, "Girl, I was shagging this big drug dealer, and he put it up me and I knew what had happened. So he pulls it out and all I can smell was shit. So I grabbed it, turned round, sucked it off. I thought, "ghhh, It's only a bit of dinner."" Because she said, if he'd had known she'd just shit on his dick, then he'd batter her."
From "The PIt Stop"
  • "You can't leave Blu Hydrangea out. Can you do a Northern Irish accent?"
    • Bob: (in a Northern Irish accent): "Well sometimes you're going to need to take a shower."
      • "A shower and some jellyshoes.

From “Apocalypse Wow”

”I’m more of a spiritual universal kind of gal, but for some reason I feel like a right fuckin’ christian” (In Big Slippy Jesus, Finale)

Trivia

  • The Vivienne was the first ever queen to be confirmed as a contestant on Drag Race UK.
  • She was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, and moved to Liverpool at 16.
  • She started doing drag in 2007.
  • She became the UK Drag Ambassador in 2016, and as part of her prize walked the runway of RuPaul's Drag Race during the filming of Season 8 (which was released in a bonus video) and appeared in the audience for the New Wave Queens episode.
  • She was the first queen to win a main challenge on Drag Race UK.
  • Viv and Baga Chipz are the first to share a conjoined win on Drag Race UK.
    • They are the two first winners of "Snatch Game" in the UK too.
  • She is the first UK contestant to win a challenge after lip-syncing for her life in the previous episode.
  • She is the only queen from her season to lip-sync twice and not be eliminated.
  • She is the first UK queen to never place SAFE.
  • She got married on December 15th, 2019.
  • She released her first single, "Tonight" in 2020, which started a TikTok challenge called #TheVivienneDanceChallenge. Her fellow Drag Race UK cast members, Cheryl Hole and Blu Hydrangea, as well as Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall, and The Pussycat Dolls' Ashley Roberts, have all made videos for the challenge.
  • The Vivienne is the first international queen and British queen to be on The Pit Stop.
  • The Vivienne guest hosted the Fashion Photo RuView episodes for UK Season 2 with Raja, becoming the first British queen to appear in the series.
  • As part of her prize for winning Drag Race UK Season 1, World of Wonder produced the BBC Three digital series The Vivienne Takes on Hollywood, which followed her as she rehearsed and prepared for the release of her first single "Tonight". The series featured a special cameo appearance from Chad Michaels.
  • The Vivienne stars in the Netflix UK YouTube web series I Like to Watch UK where she (in a similar vein to Trixie Mattel and Katya's American version) reacts to Netflix content with guests that have included Baga Chipz, Cheryl Hole, Monét X Change, Lawrence Chaney, and Tia Kofi. Programmes they have reacted to include Tiger King, Absolutely Fabulous, Sex Education, Special, and Too Hot To Handle.
  • The Vivienne revealed on I Like to Watch UK that her hair out of drag during Season 1 of Drag Race UK was actually a toupee.

Gallery

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RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1

Videos

Discography

Singles

  • "Break Up (Bye Bye)" with Cheryl Hole and Crystal, as Filth Harmony. (2019)
  • "To the Moon" ft. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, by RuPaul. (2019)

Filmography

TV

  • Transformations, as The Vivienne (Special Guest). (2015)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8, Episode 4 (as audience member) (2016)
  • Absolutely Fabulous: Le Film, as The Vivienne (Featured Drag Artist). (2016)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1, as Winner, placed 1st. (2019)
  • The Big Fat Quiz of the Year as The Vivienne (2019)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12, Episode 1 (as Donald Trump) (2020)
  • Celebrity Juice (Series 23 and 24) as Panellist, 2 episodes (2020)
  • Trump in Tweets as Donald Trump Voice-Over (2020)
  • The Great British Sewing Bee Christmas Special as Contestant (2020)

Web Series

  • Morning T&T (with Baga Chipz) as Donald Trump (2019-20)
  • I Like To Watch UK (with Baga Chipz , Cheryl Hole and Monét X Change) (2020-present)
  • The Vivienne Takes on Hollywood (BBC Three digital series) (2020)
  • God Shave the Queens (World of Wonder docuseries) (2020)
  • Trump Learns Things (as Donald Trump) (2020)
  • The Pit Stop as Guest (All Stars 5 Episode 3) (2020)
  • Fashion Photo RuView as Guest Host (UK Season 2) (2021)

Social Media

ITW

  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/rpdr-2019/the-vivienne

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