Brooke Lynn Hytes

Brooke Lynn Hytes is the stage name of Brock Edward Hayhoe (born March 10, 1986),[1] a Canadian drag queen, ballet dancer, performer, and television personality. After working as a dancer with Cape Town City Ballet and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Hytes achieved international recognition for competing on the eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race; Hytes placed second, only to winner Yvie Oddly. Hytes is the first Canadian to compete in the series.[2][3] Hytes is also a main judge on the spin-off series Canada's Drag Race, becoming the first Drag Race contestant to become a full-time judge in the franchise.

Brooke Lynn Hytes
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Brooke Lynn Hytes in 2019
Born
Brock Edward Hayhoe

(1986-03-10) March 10, 1986 (age 36)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupations
  • Drag queen
  • Ballet dancer
  • Performer
  • Television personality
  • Executive Producer
Years active1999–present
Former groupsCape Town City Ballet
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Known forMiss Continental
RuPaul's Drag Race
Canada's Drag Race
1 Queen 5 Queers
Websitebrookelynnhytes.com

Early lifeEdit

Hayhoe was born on March 10, 1986,[4] in Toronto. He attended high school at Etobicoke School of the Arts. When he was 15, he started to take ballet at the National Ballet School of Canada for five years. He came out as gay when he was 18.[5] He is of Swedish and French descent.

CareerEdit

At 20, Hytes moved to South Africa and performed at the Cape Town City Ballet.[6][7] She later moved to New York City and joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.[8][9][10] In 2014, Hytes won the Miss Continental pageant.[11]

Hytes was announced to be one of fifteen contestants competing on season eleven of RuPaul's Drag Race on January 24, 2019.[12] She won the main challenges in episode one, five and eleven, placing in the top of a challenge a record-breaking nine times throughout the season. This is the most top 3 positions achieved by any contestant in a single season in RuPaul's Drag Race history.[13][14][15] She was in a "double-shantay" alongside Yvie Oddly in the Snatch Game episode after bombing her Celine Dion impersonation; the duo's lip sync to Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry" was lauded over by critics, and declared by many to be one of the best lip syncs in the history of the series.[16][17]

Throughout the season, Hytes developed an on-show romance with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, dubbed "Branjie".[18][19][20] Hytes and Mateo were in the bottom two of episode twelve, with Hytes emerging victorious in a lip sync battle to Aretha Franklin's "A Deeper Love", making Mateo the last queen to be eliminated prior to the finale.[21][22][23] Hytes finished as a runner-up on the eleventh season of Rupaul's Drag Race, ultimately losing to Yvie Oddly in the final lip sync for the crown.[24]

In June 2019, Hytes was one of 37 queens to be featured on the cover of New York magazine.[25] On September 26, she was announced as a full-time judge for Canada's Drag Race, the Canadian spin-off of RuPaul's Drag Race.[26] She is the first contestant from any series in the Drag Race franchise to become a full-time judge. On November 11, she won a People's Choice Award for "Most Hypeworthy Canadian".[27]

On March 25, 2021, Hytes released a single with Priyanka, titled "Queen of the North".[28] In May 2021, Hytes, McKenzie, and Bowyer-Chapman won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Host or Presenter in a Factual or Reality/Competition Series at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards.[29] The same month, she launched a podcast with Priyanka, Famous This Week, and was announced as the host of 1 Queen 5 Queers, a reboot of 1 Girl 5 Gays, for Crave.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

 
Brooke Lynn Hytes in 2019

Hytes was living in Nashville, Tennessee before being accepted on Drag Race.[31] She since moved to Los Angeles.[32]

Her drag mothers are Farra N. Hyte and Washington Heights, and her drag sister is Heaven Lee Hytes.[5][33]

Titles awardsEdit

Year Pageant Placement Ref
2013 Miss Gay Toronto Winner [34][35]
Derby City Entertainer of the Year Winner [36]
National Entertainer of the Year 1st Alternate [36]
Miss Michigan Continental Winner [36]
Miss Continental 1st Alternate [36]
2014 Miss All Star Continental Winner [36][37]
Miss Continental Winner [36]
2015 Miss Gay Orlando Winner [36][38]
2016 Miss Sweetheart International Winner [39]
2017 Miss Gay Heart of America 1st Alternate [36]
2018 Miss Gay America 1st Alternate [36]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Seek Drag Queen Movie [40]
2020 The Queens Herself Documentary [41]
2021 The Bitch Who Stole Christmas Kitty Meow Movie

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role
2016 "Receiver" Ice Cream Herself
2020 "Good as Hell (Brazilian version)" Lizzo
2020 "Always (Drag Star Official Video)" George Michael, Mary J. Blige, Waze & Odyssey, Tommy Theo
2020 "Hype" Yvie Oddly (ft. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo)
2021 "G.A.P (Official Video)" Heidi N Closet (ft. Widow Von Du)
2021 "Queen Of the North" Brooke Lynn Hytes (ft. Priyanka)

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 OUTspoken Biography Herself Guest (Episode: "Snow Queen: An Exposé of Drag in Canada")
2018 Ozzy & Jack's World Detour Herself Guest (Episode: "Grand Ole Osbournes")
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race Contestant Season 11, Runner-up (14 episodes)
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself Season 10 (12 episodes)
2020–present Canada's Drag Race Host Season 1 - present; also Main judge
2021 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself Season 6, Guest/"Lip Sync Assassin" (Episode 2: "The Blue Ball")
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked Herself Season 3 (Episode 2)
2021–present 1 Queen 5 Queers Host Season 1 - present; also Executive producer
2022 Trixie Motel Herself Guest (Episode 8: "Pride Grand Opening")
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race[42] Herself Season 2, Mentor/"Queen Supreme" (8 episodes)
Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs. the World[43] Host Also Main judge

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 US of Aurora Herself Episodes 1, 3, 4, 6 [44]
2019 Follow Me Episode: "Mayhem Miller" [45]
2019 Whatcha Packin’ Guest [46]
2019 Countdown to the Crown Season 11 [47]
2019 Queen to Queen With Yvie Oddly, Nina West [48]
2019 Ca$tmate$ for Ca$h Guest with A’keria Davenport [49]
2020-22 The Pit Stop Guest [50]
2020 TERRELL :Drunk Games with Brooke Lynn Hytes! Guest [51]
2021 Out of The Closet Episode: "Home of the Queen of the North" [52]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Title
2021 "Queen of the North" (featuring Priyanka or The Cast of Canada's Drag Race Season 2)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Results Ref.
2019 People's Choice Awards Most Hypeworthy Canadian Herself Won [27]
2020 The Queerties Future All-Star Herself Nominated [53]
2021 Canadian Screen Awards Best Host or Presenter, Factual or Reality/Competition Canada's Drag Race Won [54]
2022 Canadian Screen Awards Best Host or Presenter, Factual or Reality/Competition Canada's Drag Race Won [55]

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