Maisie Williams will be celebrity judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’

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(CNN) – Maisie Williams wasn’t out of work for very long.

Just hours after the long-awaited finale of “Game of Thrones” aired, one of its original stars was announced as the first celebrity judge on the upcoming British version of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Williams will appear in one episode of the flamboyant show, which is set to air on BBC Three later this year.

“What I love the most about drag is the story of the drag queen behind the facade,” the British star said in a statement.

“I think that so much of drag comes from a place of real pain and seeing how that transforms into a character is so interesting to me. I love that about art and about drag,” she added.

“Just here for the memes,” she added on Twitter after the casting was announced and her hit show’s finale had aired.

Williams, 22, is fresh off the final series of “Game of Thrones,” having played Arya Stark since 2011. She was just 13 when took on the role.

“Fans of Maisie Williams can rest assured that Arya Stark of Winterfell will continue to serve fierce in her next role as one of RuPaul’s extra special judges,” the BBC’s statement said.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race UK,” an offshoot of the wildly popular US original, will pit British drag queens against each other during its eight-episode run.

The show features drag queens being put through a series of challenges, culminating each week with the top two contestants lip-syncing for the power to send one of their peers home.

Talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr have already been confirmed as permanent judges, and each episode will feature a different celebrity guest.

The US version has run for 11 seasons and has become an international hit. Guest judges on the show have included Shania Twain, John Waters and Lady Gaga.

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