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Drag queen embraces disability


A maths tutor who lost his leg after being hit by a car has revealed how his drag queen alter ego has helped him embrace his disability. Ian Lilley, 43, had just moved from his home town in South Wales to London after landing a place at prestigious drama school Mountview Academy in 2000 when his life changed forever. While unloading his possessions from a removal van as he moved into his new flat, the driver of a passing car blacked out at the wheel and hit him. Airlifted to hospital, Ian came to hours later to find that his left leg, which had been smashed into 13 pieces, had been amputated. For years, Ian, now a science and maths tutor from Crouch End, north London, hid away, desperately self-conscious. But now, he has unveiled his drag alter ego, Eileen Eiffell – which sounds like, ‘I lean, I fall', a tongue-in-cheek reference to what he has been through – and he wants to help empower other disabled performers.

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