Chad Michaels is an American drag performer and impersonator of pop singer Cher. He was the runner-up of the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and was the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season one.

Early life

Michaels was raised in San Diego. [2]


Michaels originally went by the drag name "Brigitte Love." Michaels chose to perform under his own name after working at "An Evening at La Cage" in Las Vegas, which required the drag queens to use male stage names. [2]

In 2010, Michaels competed in the first California Entertainer of the Year pageant, becoming first alternate to winner Shangela. [3]

Michaels produces and performs with the Dreamgirls Revue, the longest running female impersonation show in California. [4] Performers in the Dreamgirls Revue include RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Delta Work, Raven, Detox, Morgan McMichaels, Raja, Shannel, and Venus D-Lite. [5] Morgan McMichaels is Chad Michaels' drag daughter, from whom he took his last name. [11]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bamboo Shark Cher


Year Title Role Notes
2002 MADtv Cher impersonator at gay bar Season 7, Episode 15
2003 E! True Hollywood Story: Cher Himself
2007 Women's Murder Club Glenn Whitney Episode 9: "To Drag and to Hold"
2009 Kath & Kim Cher Episode 16: "Bachelorette"
2011 Top Gear Cher impersonator Series 17, Episode 3
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself Runner-up
2012 NewNowNext Awards Himself
2012 RuPaul's Drag U Himself
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Himself Winner
2015 Jane The Virgin Cher impersonator
2015 2 Broke Girls Cher impersonator
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself Episode 1: "Keeping It 100!" (100th episode) – Guest