But what exactly is Richard E. Grant’s drag look? “It was hard hitting the right note,” says the film’s hair and makeup designer, Nadia Stacey. “His drag needed to be old-school British working men’s club drag, and not as seen on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and modern.”
Once she nailed it, the transformation took 90 minutes, including the application of leopard-print nails and gluing down eyebrows. His wig was “sprayed with starch so it wouldn’t move,” she notes.
The first time Stacey and makeup artist Guy Common put Grant’s look together, the actor was facing away from the mirror.