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Amanda Eliasch’s cross-dressing son
VIVACIOUS Amanda Eliasch, a long-term lover of Oscar-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice, is a stalwart of the London party scene. But now she has to vie for attention with an even more colourful character — her own son.
Harrow-educated Charles, 26 — whose father is Amanda’s Swedish billionaire former husband, Johan Eliasch — is making a name for himself as a crossdressing cabaret performer called Evie Lake (pictured).
Sporting figure-hugging dresses and striking make-up, Evie not only lights up the stage in the capital but also in cities around the world.
‘How do I say this? I am a female imposter, a female impersonator — a gender- bender, I suppose,’ Charles says.
‘Evie Lake was born at my music college in Cardiff, but the act was banned, so I took her to London.
‘I have now got to the stage where people think: “Is she or isn’t she [a woman]?” ’
Amanda, 58, is a photographer and filmmaker, and her son adds: ‘I’m not the first person in my family to go into showbiz, but I am the first to cross-dress.’