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

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.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK

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

Entrance Quote

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

Memorables Quotes

  • *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)


  • 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.
  • She was the first queen to win a main challenge on Drag Race UK.
  • Her (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.


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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