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: Season 1
Ranking: 1st Place
Main Challenges Won: 3 (Eps. 1, 4, 6)
Times placed High: 3 (Eps. 2, 3, 7)
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 2)
Times in Bottom: (Ep. 5)
Times placed Low: 0
Mini-Challenges Won: 0
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)
  • "Who put 50p in Cheryl?"
  • "Are you local?"
  • "All tea, no collusion, specially with Russia or China." (as Donald Trump in Snatch Game)
  • "I can sing, Cheryl can dance, Crystal is...skinny."
  • *Cough*
  • "Yeah, it was good..."
  • "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)" (verse on Break Up (Bye Bye) by Filth Harmony.)
  • "A red wig and a silver dress." (refering to DDC)
  • "So mum have you shaved ya minge?"
  • "It's been absolutely great, it's been tremendous thank you." (Winner acceptance speech, as Donald Trump)


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, 'Agghhh, 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 battered them.
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


  • 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.


UK Season 1 Looks




  • "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)



  • Transformations, as The Vivienne (Special Guest). (2015)
  • Absolutely Fabulous: Le Film, as The Vivienne (Featured Drag Artist). (2016)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1, as Winner, placed 1st. (2019)

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