After the Game of Thrones finale, the actress is hanging up Arya’s bag of faces and will be appearing as one of the first guest judges on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. We couldn’t be more excited.
Sophie Turner is pivoting to superhero-dom as Jean Grey in June’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Kit Harington is off to Broadway to star in a play and Emilia Clarke is cosying up to Henry Golding – she’s only human after all – in the Emma Thompson-penned romantic comedy Last Christmas.
And Maisie Williams? She’s going to be a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. The actor is one of the first confirmed celebrity judges joining the ranks of the British iteration of the beloved show, and she couldn’t be more excited.
“What I love the most about drag is the story of the drag queen behind the façade,” Williams said in a statement. (Sounds a little bit like Arya’s journey with the Faceless Men on Game of Thrones, doesn’t it?) “I think that so much of drag comes from a place of real plain and seeing how that transforms into a character is so interesting to me. I love that about art and about drag.”
Now, thanks to the BBC, we have the first images of Williams on the set of the show. And they are sickening.
Williams will join Alan Carr and Graham Norton, who will both join RuPaul as judges on the series.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Carr said that filming on the show was conducted under a veil of secrecy. (Another thing the show has in common with Game of Thrones.) “It was like no, phones, the most securitied thing ever,” Carr said. “It was like Fort Knox. It was amazing to be part of something like that and no-one is going to be disappointed. I’m going to get into trouble even for saying that. I’ve signed something. I can’t say anything.”
Some of the other celebrity guest judges on the UK version include Geri Halliwell, Andrew Garfield – you absolutely love to see it! – Twiggy, Jade Thirwall and Stacey Dooley. Williams, though, is the guest judge that makes us the most excited. Williams gets to stay. All the others? Sashay away.
Drag Race UK premieres 3 October on BBC Three and iPlayer.
Images: Getty, BBC