The new British drag docu-series ‘Drag Queens of London’ premiered on Tuesday, featuring some of London’s most well-known drag queens. Last week, we got the opportunity to speak with Meth, this week we sat down Rosie Beaver in a one-on-one interview to get to know her better! This is the second interview in our exclusive series getting to know all 10 queens from the ‘Drag Queens of London’!
Meet Rosie Beaver – ‘Drag Queens of London’
About ‘Rosie Beaver’:
Drag name: Rosie Beaver
Hometown: Preston, Lancs
Birthday: August 9th
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Dragaholic: Why did you decide to use the name “Rosie Beaver”?
Rosie Beaver: Believe it or not my mothers real name, after she married her second husband, became Rosemary Beaver…and everyone calls her Rosie. How could I not go with that!?
D: How many years have you been doing drag?
R: Just two years! Not long at all.
D: Who inspired you to do drag?
R: I’m a huge fan of Cookie MonStar who’s always there to help me, and Dusty O has always been a big feature in the drag scene that you can’t help but be in awe of all she’s achieved, and still achieving!
D: How competitive are you?
R: I’m competetive in the sense that I want to be successful in everything I do. I want to be the best I can be, and not compare myself [or] compete with others!
D: What are you strongest at in drag: makeup, hair, costume, performance or all of the above?
R: I’d say character, Rosie is a fully rounded character with a backstory and hopes and dreams of her own. I see her totally separate from Chris. Also, due to my theatre background I’m good at putting together a production and making an audience happy. Plus, with my rock band, I can pull off a great night.
D: What is your personality like out of drag?
R: Chris is actually wilder than Rosie, more silly, but there’s a lot of things that cross over: love of life, sense of humour and the ability to be positive and an optimist.
D: How long does it take you to get in drag… from start to finish?
R: 45 minutes. I’m not going to win any beauty contests!
D: Which celebrity/entertainer inspires you?
R: So many! Bette milder, Sheridan Smith, McFly, the Spice Girls… a real mix!
D: What special talents do you have? (i.e. backflips, splits, firebreathing, etc.)
R: I can rap. And I drink a lot of tea. Not at the same time. Yet.
D: Who is your favorite queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race?
R: She’s a new one, but Bianca Del Rio is wowing me!
D: If you had to choose three adjectives to describe your drag persona, what would they be?
R: What’s an adjective?
D: Do you design and produce your own outfits and costumes?
R: Nope! Friends and Primark and a lot of wonder web!
D: What can people expect to see from you on the ‘Drag Queens of London’?
R: Hopefully that I’m down to earth and just a regular guy when off stage. I play rugby and produce theatre in the west end, so drag is only a fraction of my life. I hope that comes across.
D: Which queen did you enjoy working with the most on the ‘Drag Queens of London’?
R: Nick, who becomes Violet Sparks, is a friend from rugby and dragging him up and going through that with him has been so so much fun!
D: Thank you so much for your time today. Is there anything you’d like to add before we go?
R: Nah, all good 🙂
The first episode of ‘Drag Queens of London’ debuted on Tuesday on London Live! (Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159 and YouView 8). This episode followed “Silver Summers and Lady Lloyd as they set out to re-launch pop girl band Buffalo Girls. Can they put aside their egos and make the Buffalo Girls work this time?”