Act, Courtney

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Act, Courtney Gender: M
Shane Gilberto Jenek
born on 18 February 1982
Place Brisbane, Australia, 27s28, 153e02
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Scholfield
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Courtney Act (2014)
photo: hinnk, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, who appeared on season twenty one of Celebrity Big Brother (Britain's biggest reality competition) in January 2018 and ultimately won the series on 2 February that year with 49.43% of the final public vote. Courtney/Jenek prefers the pronoun she when referring to Courtney and he when referring to Jenek.

In the 1990s in Brisbane, Jenek performed with singing twins Jessica and Lisa Origliasso (now also known as The Veronicas) in a group called the Yabba Dabba Doo Young Entertainers.

Act moved to Sydney at age 18. The stage name Courtney Act is a pun on the phrase "caught in the act" as pronounced in a non-rhotic accent such as Australian English.

Jenek first came to prominence, as Courtney, competing on the first season of Australian Idol in 2003. After the show Act released the debut single, "Rub Me Wrong", which peaked at No. 29 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Courtney has a Wig Company called Wigs By Vanity that she set up in 2003 for drag queens with a business partner and fellow drag queen, Vanity Faire.

In 2014, Act was one of the runners-up in season six of American reality competition television series RuPaul's Drag Race. In July 2014, Courtney Act became the first drag performer in history to sing live with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. In September 2014, Courtney Act, along with Willam Belli and Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, were the first drag queens to become ad girls for American Apparel.

Courtney Act was once voted one of FHM (For Him Magazine)’s World’s Top 100 Sexiest Women (despite not actually being a woman).

In 2019, Courtney competed and was runner-up on season 16 of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars, where Courtney was paired with Joshua Keefe. Act thus became the first drag performer in the history of the Dancing with the Stars franchise.

Jenek is a vegan, and identifies as pansexual, genderfluid and polyamorous. As of 2018, he is based in London, having previously lived in Brisbane, Sydney and Los Angeles.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Delano, Adore (born 29 September 1989). Notes: Contestants on "RuPaul's Drag Race," 2014
  • associate relationship with Widdecombe, Ann (born 4 October 1947). Notes: Contestants on "Celebrity Big Brother UK," 2018
  • friend relationship with Bono, Chaz (born 4 March 1969)
  • friend relationship with Origliasso, Jessica (born 25 December 1984). Notes: Co-performers, 1990s
  • friend relationship with Origliasso, Lisa (born 25 December 1984). Notes: Co-performers, 1990s


  • Work : New Career 31 December 2000 (Began drag career, New Year's Eve)
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  • Work : Prize 2 February 2018 (Winner of UK "Celebrity Big Brother 21")
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Act on Twitter: "I was born in Brisbane, and moved to Sydney when I was 18" [1], "The video is coming out on my birthday! The 18th Feb" [2], "Happy Birthday fellow 1982 baby!!!" [3].


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous
  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Vegan)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Transvestite (Drag queen)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model
  • Vocation : Beauty : Sex-symbol (Voted one of FHM’s World’s Top 100 Sexiest Women)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Wig company)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Reality TV)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Pop)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Reality TV competition winner)