Dawn French lands exciting new TV judging role

Dawn French to join star judging panel on second series of popular BBC One show

Dawn French attends the Glamour Women of The Year Awards 2017 at Berkeley Square Gardens
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Dawn French is set to return to TV after she landed a seat on the judging panel for series two of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

The Vicar of Dibley star will join EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy, Maya Jama, and Jessie Ware for the star-studded line up. The fab four will join Elizabeth Hurley, Sheridan Smith, Lorraine Kelly, MNEK and Jourdan Dunn on the new series, which showcases the country's most sensational drag queens in a bid to be crowned the UK's next Drag Race Superstar.  

RuPaul's Drag Race UK revealed on Twitter that Dawn, 63, Maya, 26, and Jessie, 36, would be celebrity judges on the upcoming season which starts on 14th January.

The tweet read, "The Christmas presents aren't stopping. Excited to announce that , and will all be judges on the next series of #DragRaceUK @Dawn_French @MayaJama @JessieWare"

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And the stars cannot wait to get started with the series, Maya re-tweeted and added, "The way I love this show [excited emojis] Can. Not. Wait!!!!" 

While Jessie put, "I'm gonna be a guest judge on @dragraceukbbc ! Dreams do come true!!!!! Had such a great time with them. The Queens are [fire emoji] you're going to LOVE them x ."

Natalie added, "Had the best time!" and Dawn simply retweeted the TV show's tweet, but her minimalist response has left fans delighted with the news.

One fan wrote, "No idea who the other two are, but DAWN FRENCH!! WOO!!" Another fan tweeted, "This is excellent news, especially Dawn French!" and a third added, "Yesssssssss , now you just have to get and all will be good in the world. Best two ladies, EVER!!!! My one wish would be to meet those 2 talented and gifted comedy geniuses. @Dawn_French @ferrifrump" in the hope Dawn would rope in friend Jennifer Saunders into starring on the show.

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Meanwhile Dawn has been on TV screens over Christmas as she stars in Christmas Sky Original Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse, alongside Nick Mohammed, Strictly 2020 winner Bill Bailey and Rob Brydon.

She also narrated Channel 4 show "A Reindeer’s First Christmas" and stars on Rob Brydon's YouTube channel and is a guest on The Guilty Feminist podcast where she talks about all things family.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.