Christer Lindarw

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Christer Lindarw
Christer Lindarw 2015.jpg
Lindarw in Stockholm in March 2015
Background information
Birth nameBert Christer Lindarv[1]
Also known as(1976) Zsa Zsa Shakespeer
Born (1953-03-03) 3 March 1953 (age 66)

Christer Lindarw (born 3 March 1953) is a Swedish clothes designer, drag queen entertainer, and the leader of drag group After Dark.


Lindarw was born in Eskilstuna, Södermanland County.[2] He was educated at Beckmans designhögskola in Stockholm.[3] His 1976 stage debut was as Zsa Zsa Shakespeer[4][5] in Wild Side Story at Alexandra Charles's club,[6][7] and he staged his first major production at Hamburger Börs in 1980 together with Roger Jönsson and Lars Flinckman, Lindarw's future co-star of many years from stage shows with their group After Dark. After Dark participated in Melodifestivalen with the song La dolce vita and placed third in the final in Globen.[8]

Lindarws interest for dragshowing started after an masquerade where the theme was reversed gender roles.[9] On Jönsson's recommendation he had started to appear in drag in 1976.[10]

Lindarw hosted shows at the nightclub Shazam for a few months and then started the dragshow group After Dark and opened his own nightclub with the same name at David Bagares gata in Stockholm.[11] The group had its big breakthrough called Förför Sverige i tiden at Hamburger Börs.[12]

Christer Lindarw also started designing dresses for his friend Lill Lindfors, one being the dress that accidentally "fell off" her during her introduction at the Eurovision Song Contest 1985.[13]

In 2017, Lindarw performed the surprise finale number, imitating Queen Silvia of Sweden, during the annual televised show in Öland for Crown Princess Victoria's 40th birthday.[14] In the fall of 2016 Bonniers had published a lauded book about his life.[15] Simultaneously, Lindarw began another media-praised show tour around Sweden, with him alone leading his cast; all sold out, it wrapped up a year later at Oscarsteatern in Stockholm, also ending the four decades of successful performances of After Dark.[16][17][18]

Outside Sweden Christer Lindarw is known mainly for performances in California and Spain and for clothes he has designed for international celebrities such as Diana Ross.[4][19]


  • Lindarw, Christer; Kellberg, Christina (2016). "This is my life" (in Swedish). [Stockholm]: Bonnier fakta. ISBN 978-91-7424-533-2. LIBRIS 19413819.


  1. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1980 (CD) (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sveriges släktforskarförb. 2004. ISBN 91-87676-37-0. LIBRIS 9632925.
  2. ^ ""This is it" snart slutsåld i Eskilstuna". 13 September 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^, Lars Ring. "Christer Lindarw om sista showen: "Aldrig mer" (SvD Premium)". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Westerling, Kalle (2006). La dolce vita: trettio år med drag (in Swedish). Stockholm: Normal. p. 22. ISBN 91-85505-15-3. LIBRIS 10142147.
  5. ^ Lindarw, Christer; Kellberg, Christina (2016). "This is my life" (in Swedish). [Stockholm]: Bonnier fakta. p. 83. ISBN 978-91-7424-533-2. LIBRIS 19413819.
  6. ^ Månads Journalen, Stockholm, Feb. issue 1996, cover & p. 34-41
  7. ^ Lindarw, Christer; Kellberg, Christina (2016). "This is my life" (in Swedish). [Stockholm]: Bonnier fakta. pp. 75–76 & 122. ISBN 978-91-7424-533-2. LIBRIS 19413819.
  8. ^ "Lasse Flinckman levde la dolce vita". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Hektisk höst i högklackat väntar Lindarw". 10 September 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Christer Lindarw: Det känns tomt att jag inte kan ringa Lasse". 17 October 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  11. ^ "After Dark går i pension - gör sista showen i höst". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  12. ^ "This is it för After Dark". Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  13. ^, Harry Amster. "Lill Lindfors tappade kjolen". Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  14. ^ Sveriges Television Channel 1 2017-07-14 10 pm local time
  15. ^ Article about book prize by Bonniers 2017-10-26
  16. ^ Article by Lars Ring in Svenska Dagbladet 2017-09-29
  17. ^ Article by Belinda Graham in Kulturvinden 2017-11-01
  18. ^ Review by Sara Granath in Svenska Dagbladet 2017-12-17
  19. ^ Lindarw, Christer; Kellberg, Christina (2016). "This is my life" (in Swedish). [Stockholm]: Bonnier fakta. p. 20f. ISBN 978-91-7424-533-2. LIBRIS 19413819.

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