The smart set’s talk­ing about . . . Amanda Eliasch’s cross-dress­ing son

Scottish Daily Mail - - Weekender -

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.’


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