Everything You Need to Know About Courtney Act

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If you are having a list of the most popular drag queens, you will probably have people like , , and a few others at the top of the list before you will find yourself with Courtney Act who has been described as the RuPaul of Australia. The drag queen is also a pop singer, reality TV star, and an entertainer who has been doing her thing since 2000. Courtney is an interesting personality with an eventful life filled with glamour and for this reason, we have compiled a lot of things about the celebrity.

Here’s Everything to Know About Courtney Act

  • Background

Very popular as Courtney Act, it was as Shane Gilberto Jenek that the Australian drag queen was born on 18 February 1982 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Shane was brought up by her parents, Gill Jenek and Annette Jenek alongside two other siblings. After she was through with her education from Sandgate District High School, she was off to Sydney where she hoped to pursue her career in the entertainment industry. 18 at the time, Gilberto went to audition for theater schools but instead of coming home with that, she was given a contract to last one year with Nickelodeon to work as a movie night host.

  • Launch to Stardom

Looking at her career, Shane began in 2000, but it was in 2003 that she gained some serious attention when she attended the auditions of the Season 1 of Australian Idol. Failing to make it as Shane Janek, she decided to come back the next day but this time around, it was as her alter ego, Courtney Act. Not only was she successful, she reached the semi-finals of the competition.

The next year, her first single, Rub Me Wrong was released, kickstarting her career as a singer. With different singles to her name, she released an extended play, Kaleidoscope in 2015.

In 2010, Courtney decided to move to the States after she had conquered Australia which is quite small. It didn’t take her too long to make it as one of the best drag queens. In 2013, she competed alongside 13 drag queens in RuPaul’s Drag Race which was in its sixth season. She ended as a joined runner-up with Adore Delano while Bianca Del Rio was the winner.

More so, she has appeared in various music videos including ’s Applause in 2013, RuPaul’s Sissy That Walk in 2014, Adore Delano’s Jump the Gun (2015), and ’s Power (2017).

  • How She got the name Courtney Act

In 2000 when she was planning for her drag debut, Shane and a friend were trying to come up with a name when she came up with Ginger Le’Bon because what she wanted was to become a redheaded and smoky-voiced nightclub singer. However, her friend suggested something cutesier and this resulted in Courtney Act which sounded more like “Caught in the Act” in her Australian accent.

  • Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Dating, and Relationship

According to Shane, after she moved to Sydney when she was 18, he realized that she was homosexual, and loved appearing like the opposite gender. However, she would later describe herself as polyamorous, genderfluid, and pansexual. She said she has had sexual and emotional experiences with both men and women in the past.

The drag queen has, as much as possible, kept her relationships away from the prying eyes of the public. She revealed that she has had encounters with different people including men who have identified as straight and women who have identified as lesbians.

Shane revealed that he has had a boyfriend whom he had dated for some time and after the relationship ended, the boyfriend went ahead to start dating women. As at December 2018, Shane was dating a man whose name has not been given. Nonetheless, it has been revealed that the two met at Tom and Dustin’s New Year’s Eve party.


  • Net Worth 

Beyond just being one of the most popular drag queens in the world, Courtney Act also has a good fortune to show for all she has been involved with. She has a net worth which has been estimated at $2 million. Interestingly enough, this places her as one of the richest drag queens.

  • Height and Body Measurements

As regards body measurements, Courtney is not the tallest person that you will find, as she stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches. Although there is nothing provided about her body weight and other measurements, the drag queen and pop singer has a rather slim build.

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