THE REAL JAMIE: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Campbell
Meet the man who defied all the odds and went to his school prom in a dress!
Since then, Jamie Campbell’s story has been told over and over and over. Whether that be in the shape of the smash hit musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie or the film adaption of said musical, which stars Max Harwood in the title role.
The story of the musical, now a film due out in September, was initially based on a humble documentary in which a teenage Jamie — renamed Jamie New for the stage production — decides that he would be attending his County Durham high school’s prom in drag. The problems this caused Jamie in 2011 are hard to imagine now, after a decade of Ru Paul’s Drag Race making female impersonation mainstream. At the time, the BBC doc, originally titled Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, depicted how its protagonist was bullied by his peers for his aspiration and told by teachers he would not be allowed into the dance if he did turn up in full drag.
Speaking to Local TV, when asked what he would tell his younger self, Jamie said:
“Just keep going. You’re going to go through hard times but remember, it’s not forever. You will get across the rainbow one day!”
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