star Amanda Lovett was still a star in waiting just three months ago when ’s murder mystery was yet to capture the fascination of the nation.
Since then the stars of the surprise hit, which felt like it came out of nowhere at the end of 2022, have become some of the most cherished reality TV stars ever, particularly among the LGBTQ+ community.
The Traitors boasted an extraordinary cast made up of people from all walks of life, ages, genders, and sizes.
It was the refreshing change viewers have been crying out for since the end of on Channel 4 when everyday people proved to be far more entertaining than the generic influencers all in their 20s with rippling abs that have taken over reality television in the last decade.
But no one was adored more than Amanda, who was the shows unlikely but high camp assassin.
Amanda was joined by her fellow The Traitors co-stars Aaron Evans, Fay Greaves and Kieran Tompsett at the Gaydio Awards held at Manchester Hilton hotel where together they celebrated the LGBTQ+ community with pioneering stars such as Russell T. Davies and Drag Race UK’s Danny Beard.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Amanda told us: ‘I’ve been embraced by a family and a community that I’ve never experienced before. I’m in a bubble of love and I’ve really found my place – so don’t kick me out!’
The Welsh ‘mama dragon’ as she’s become known to her fans added that she’s taught her children all about love after coming from a ‘tough upbringing’.
After wearing a ‘façade’ her whole life, she finally feels like she can take the mask off and celebrate the woman millions fell in love with on The Traitors.
‘For people to feel they really love me for me is truly immense,’ she said. ‘I feel like I belong for the first time in my life.
‘I feel like I’ve been running all my life running or not know where I’m going and all of a sudden I’ve hit the finish line and I know where I am.’
Since , Amanda has delighted fans at various gay bars around the UK, appeared as special guest at Drag-Con and even
As for what’s next, she said: ‘I’d love to do a reality TV show where the public vote rather than getting banished or murdered.
‘There’s a lot of irons on the fire at the moment with TV so yeah I’m not going anywhere!’
The Traitors has since been reportedly been commissioned for a second series with Claudia set to return as host, and rightly so.
The Traitors is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.