By Steve Holden
Newsbeat reporter

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Wearing blood-red shoulder pads, piercing red contact lenses, and dripping in jewels, Cherry Valentine's drag is a world away from the day job as a mental health nurse.

"It was a weird contrast to go from competing in the Olympics of drag… to the heart of a global pandemic."

As one of the 12 queens in series two of Drag Race UK, Cherry says things became a "whole different ballgame" when filming was shut down because of the pandemic.

Production on the BBC Three show began in early 2020, but was halted in March at the time of the first national lockdown.

"It was devastating for the entire cast," says fellow queen Veronica Green.

"We didn't know if it was going to finish. We'd had this amazing opportunity come our way and it was dead in its tracks."