Cheddar Gorgeous Biography – Cheddar Gorgeous Wiki
Cheddar Gorgeous is a drag performer, academic and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4 contestant. The Birmingham-born drag artist has been performing drag since 2009 and is well known in the UK drag scene. A self-described “Queen Bee of Manchester,” Cheddar has also previously been the star of a drag makeover TV show on Channel 4’s Drag SOS. She is also the first Drag Race UK queen with a doctorate, meaning her fellow queens might be about to get schooled.
The queen describes herself as a “living spectacle,” who has been dabbling in drag since her early teens. A childhood where she was obsessed with science fiction and fantasy has turned her into a queen whose out of this world looks have been seen everywhere from the clubs to the museums.
Cheddar Gorgeous Age
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4 contestant Cheddar Gorgeous is 38 years old as of 2022. She was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
The drag performer resides and works in Manchester. “I absolutely adore the city and whilst I‘m originally from Birmingham, I feel like Cheddar was very much manifested in Manchester,” they said.
Cheddar Gorgeous Name
Her drag name is a play on Cheddar Gorge, a limestone gorge near the village of Cheddar in Somerset which features an extensive cave system of archeological interest.
In her Meet the Queens video, Cheddar said: “My drag name references the iconic British landmark Cheddar Gorge, and a lot like Cheddar Gorge I go on forever and ever and ever and ever and ever, and sometimes I’m damp.”
Cheddar Gorgeous Real Name
What is Cheddar Gorgeous’ real name? Their real name is Michael Atkins.
Cheddar Gorgeous Pronouns
Manchester-based performer Cheddar Gorgeous doesn’t have any preferred pronouns in and out of drag. On October 7, 2020, Cheddar wrote on Twitter: “My stock answer to being asked the pronoun I prefer is: “I would rather you didn’t”.”
Interview with Climate Emergency Manchester on what pronouns are best, Cheddar Gorgeous said: “I do not use pronouns because I do think that they have any real usefulness. Categories always seem so violent to me, even when deployed strategically to further social justice. I believe the disruption of a system of categorisation is as necessary as asserting yourself within in it. Please use all of them for me or none of them.”
Cheddar Gorgeous RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Manchester drag queen Cheddar Gorgeous is set to star in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series four. Alongside Copper Topp, Cheddar is the joint-oldest contestant on series four of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
In her Meet the Queens video, Cheddar said she believes she is the first ever RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant to hold a doctoral degree.
Before heading on the show, Cheddar Gorgeous said: “My drag is a living spectacle. A collage of makeup, costume and performance. You could see anything at a Cheddar Gorgeous show as my drag is otherworldly and ethereal.
“Growing up, I was a bit of a geek and I was enamoured by aliens, gods, goddesses and strange monsters and now in my drag, I like to harness the energy of science fiction, fantasy and magic!”
In an interview with Gay Times on whether a UK version of Drag Race would be a good thing for the UK drag scene, Cheddar said: “I think anything that gives individual artists more opportunities, and creates more opportunities for drag queens, is a good thing. But at the same time I think it’d be really great to see stuff that is grown in the UK come to a big light and actually have the same level of interest from people as Drag Race. So I think what would be great is if we have lots of different things happening, because there’s enough room for lots of stuff!”
On being be on a UK version of the hit show, Cheddar said: “I think it would depend how they set it up and what’s happening around the same time. Let’s do it, yeah!”
Cheddar Gorgeous Education
Out of drag, Cheddar Gorgeous is known as Dr. Michael Atkins. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology with Visual Media from the University of Manchester.
According to Michael’s Linkedin profile, his research “explored identity fluidity among male street $*x workers, the emergence of urban queer spaces, and the use of creative methods in research. In addition to observations and interviews, I made use of combinations of drawing, text, and photography as investigative research tools and modes of ethnographic description that was better able to explore the ambiguity that characterized the experiences of my informants. “
Michael also has a Master’s degree in Anthropological and a Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hull.
Cheddar Gorgeous Instagram
Cheddar Gorgeous’s Instagram is @cheddar_gorgeous.