David Hoyle (UK)

Hoyle came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine David, a kind of anti-drag queen whose lacerating social commentary was offset by breathtaking instances of self-recrimination and even self-harm. Following a couple of outré latenight Channel 4 shows and a cameo in Velvet Goldmine, Hoyle killed the Divine David off during a spectacular show at the Streatham Ice Arena in 2000 and retreated to Manchester for “a period of reflection”. He returned to TV screens in 2005 in Chris Morris’s Nathan Barley, then began performing live again, under his own name (at venues such as Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), Soho Theatre and Tate Britain).