Derry Girls stars Nicola Coughlan and Jamie-Lee O'Donnell have hailed the arrival of Ru Paul's Drag Race to the United Kingdom, with Coughlan saying the show is "like an eff-you to all the bigots".

Speaking at the red carpet launch of the spin-off show in London on Tuesday, Coughlan told the Press Association: "This show, it's always got that political edge to it.

"It's really like an eff-you to all the bigots. It's showing that you should be celebrating, you should be fabulous.

"It's sending out the most positive message. If you can't get on board with that then get in the bin."

The 32-year-old Galway actress added that she is a long-time fan of drag and used to go to the famous venue Black Cap before it closed in 2015. 

"I'm a superfan. I've been a fan for a very long time. I used to go to the Black Cap in Camden to see all the queens. I go by myself," she said.

"I saw Shangela Beyonce (perform), so when I saw her do Beyonce for Beyonce I was like: 'I feel like I was there in the beginning'.

"I kind of took credit for it. I'm a superfan. I have seen a lot of the queens perform."

Coughlan's Derry Girls co-star Jamie-Lee O'Donnell praised Drag Race for what it has achieved for the LGBT and drag communities.

"I just hope it incorporates everything the US version brings", she said.

"Obviously it's such a massive success. It's won so many Emmys, it has done a huge amazing thing for the LGBT community and the drag community. I'm hoping that this continues over here."

She added: "I'm sure it will. I'm just really excited to see what the queens are bringing. Obviously there's loads of talented queens over here."

Andrew Garfield, Maisie Williams and Cheryl are among the celebrity guest judges on the first UK series of the hit US show. Graham Norton and Alan Carr will be on rotating judging duties alongside permanent fixtures RuPaul and Michelle Visage.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK will air on BBC Three on October 3.

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