Drag Queen Courtney Act, most known for making the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6, announced earlier today that she shall be appearing in an upcoming episode of the hit Australian soap opera, Neighbours.
In posts on both Instagram and Twitter Courtney conveyed her excitement joking, “I’m done, I’m hanging up my wig. I’ve reached peak ‘Straya”. (That’s Australia for those who were wondering).
Although Courtney’s stint in Neighbours will not be hitting our TV screens “till next year”, there are plenty of places to watch more of her. Courtney has been a busy woman these past few years and has competed in a plethora of reality TV shows.
In 2003, a young Courtney competed in the first season of Australian Idol, coming in 13th place. While appearing in a couple of shows in between, Courtney’s next big TV moment would be 11 years later in season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. In one of the shows most loved seasons, Courtney made it to the finale alongside other fan favourites, Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio.
Post Drag Race, Courtney has released her own music, appeared in a Little Mix music video and competed on Celebrity Mastermind (her chosen category was the Spice Girls).
Last winter entered the Celebrity Big Brother House (albeit unintentionally skirt-less) some points in drag as Courtney and other points out of drag as Shane Janek. Shane/Courtney spent much of the season discussing their sexuality, gender identity and the relationship between himself and his drag character. In an odd final two, Courtney beat Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe to win season 21 of Celebrity Big Brother UK.
Courtney’s win gave her a new platform in the UK and in late 2018, she became the host of two new British shows. The Bi Life depicted bisexual individuals searching for love while, in December Channel 4 gave Courtney her own Christmas special entitled The Courtney Act Show, a musical extravaganza with guests such as Leona Lewis and Zara Larson.
Earlier this year, Courtney competed on Eurovision – Australia Decides, a competition to pick who will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Courtney came in 4th place performing her song ‘Fight for Love’.
Currently, Courtney is a contestant on the Australian version of Dancing With The Stars. Partnered with Josh Keefe, Courtney has placed highly in both the episodes aired thus far.
She has stated that should she win, she shall be donating her prize money to Black Rainbow, an Australian charity dedicated to preventing suicide in the Indigineous LGBT+ community.
She has brought LGBT+ culture to mainstream television and opened the general public’s mind on issues such as sexuality and gender. As Courtney conquers the TV screen, we wish Courtney all the best on Dancing With The Stars Australia and all her future endeavours.