Carson Kressley

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Personality • Actor • Stylist

Birth Date: November 11, 1969

Age: 54 years old

An enthusiastic presence on television, fashion stylist Carson Kressley shot to fame as one of the original "Fab Five" on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (Bravo, 2003-07), which in turn paved the way for appearances as a judge, consultant and/or contestant on numerous reality series, including the Emmy-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Logo, 2009- ). Born Carson Lee Kressley in Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1969, he was raised in Orefield, Pennsylvania, where his family raised ponies. Though equestrian events were his initial interest, he had an innate understanding of fashion, and after earning graduating magna cum laude from Gettysburg College in 1991, Kressley headed for New York City to pursue a career as a stylist. From 1994 to 2002, he worked for Ralph Lauren in its men's sportswear division before moving into corporate advertising, which entailed designing the company's retail campaigns and styling for domestic and international men's fashion shows. His ascendancy to pop culture stardom began in 2003 when he was cast as the "fashion savant" for "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," Bravo's reality/makeover series which provided heterosexual men with fashion and lifestyle advice from a quintet of gay experts. The show's unique mix of advice and camp humor made it a must-see for fashion aspirants and general audiences alike, and earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2004; more importantly, it minted the "Fab Five," as the consultants were dubbed, as celebrities, though only Kressley and food consultant Ted Allen, who later hosted "Chopped" (Food Network, 2009- ), were able to parlay that into lasting media careers. Kressley was already a staple of talk shows and entertainment news as a fashion critic, as well as a regular judge of pageant competitions when "Queer Eye" ran its course, but in 2008, he earned his own series as host and producer of "How to Look Good Naked" (Lifetime, 2008), which provided the network with its biggest premiere viewership in its history. From there, he moved on to the reality series "Carson Nation" (OWN, 2011) and regular rotation as a contestant on countless reality competition shows, including the 13th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2011- ), the short-lived "New Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2017) and in Australia, the third season of "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!" (Network Ten, 2015- ). In 2015, he joined Ross Matthews as one of the regular judges on "RuPaul's Drag Race," which won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program in 2018. That same year, he returned to Bravo with fellow "Queer Eye" alum Thom Filicia for a new reality series, "Get a Room with Carson & Thom" (2018).

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Dolly Parton's Pet Gala

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2024

Hero Dog Awards

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2023

National Cherry Blossom Festival

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2023

Live with Kelly and MarkStream

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2023

A Toast to 2022!

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2022

Guy's Ultimate Game NightStream

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2022

National Cherry Blossom Festival

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2022

All Man: The International Male Story

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2022

Battle for the Bird

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2021

2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

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2021

Nick Cannon

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2021

Pictionary

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2021

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: Reunion Road Trip

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2021

The Celebrity Dating Game

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2021

The Bitch Who Stole ChristmasStream

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Kreston Carsley
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2021

American Humane Hero Dog Awards

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Awards
2020

American Humane Hero Dog Awards: 10th Anniversary Celebration

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2020

Face to Face With David

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2020

The Great American Groom-A-Long

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2020

Talk Stoop's Pride Special

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2020

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag RaceStream

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2020

National Cherry Blossom Festival

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2020

A Toast to 2019!

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2019

Wrap Battle

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2019

Famously AfraidStream

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2019

Nashville Squares

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2019

Access Daily

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2019

GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke

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2019

BBQ BrawlStream

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2019

Carson & Thom Get a Room

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2019

Best Room WinsStream

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2019

A Toast to 2018!

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2018

Get a Room With Carson & ThomStream

Executive Producer
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2018

Get a Room With Carson & ThomStream

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2018

25 Words or LessStream

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2018

2018 Miss USA

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2018

Big Brother: Celebrity EditionStream

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2018

Hughesy, We Have a Problem

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2018

Access Live

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2017

The Untitled Action Bronson Show

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2017

Daily Blast Live

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2017

Daily Blast Live

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2017

Pickler & Ben

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2017

STEVE on Watch

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2017

The Sunday Project

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2017

Andy Cohen's Then & Now

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

The New Celebrity Apprentice

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2017

The New Celebrity Apprentice

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2017

Window Warriors

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2016

The $100,000 PyramidStream

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2016

Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaulStream

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2016

Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaulStream

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2016

Hollywood Medium With Tyler HenryStream

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2016

Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed

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2015

Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed

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2015

Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed

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2015

The 2000s: A New Reality

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2015

Celebrity Family FeudStream

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2015

Guilty Pleasures

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2015

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

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2015

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

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2015

RuPaul's Drag Race: 15 Fan Favorite Queens of All Time

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2014

Celebrity Name Game

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2014

The Meredith Vieira Show

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2014

Hollywood Today Live

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2014

Beat Bobby FlayStream

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2014

The Queen Latifah Show

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2013

Bethenny

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2013

The Social

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2013

Whose Line Is It Anyway?Stream

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2013

The Real

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2013

Hollywood Game Night

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2013

Hollywood Game Night

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2013

On the Money

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2013

RuPaul's Drag Race All StarsStream

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2012

RuPaul's Drag Race All StarsStream

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2012

Home & Family

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2012

Katie

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2012

Steve Harvey

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Good Afternoon America

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2012

It's Christmas, Carol!Stream

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Fred
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2012

LIVE with Kelly

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2011

LIVE with Kelly

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2011

LIVE with Kelly

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2011

Long Island MediumStream

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2011

Carson Nation

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2011

Dr. Steve

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2011

The Marilyn Denis Show

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2011

Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star

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2011

The Gayle King Show

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2011

The Talk

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2010

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

The Nate Berkus Show

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2010

The Nate Berkus Show

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2010

Whatever With Alexis & Jennifer

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2010

Untucked: RuPaul's Drag RaceStream

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2010

Worst Cooks in AmericaStream

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2010

Cupcake WarsStream

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2009

The Joy Behar Show

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2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

RuPaul's Drag RaceStream

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2009

RuPaul's Drag RaceStream

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2009

True Beauty

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2009

True Beauty

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2009

The Bonnie Hunt Show

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2008

The Doctors

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2008

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

How to Look Good Naked

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2008

The Celebrity Apprentice

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2008

Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants

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2007

Open House NYC

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2007

The Better Show

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The Morning Show With Mike & Juliet

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Rachael Ray ShowStream

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2006

etalk

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2006

The Tyra Show

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2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

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2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

The Perfect Man

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Lance
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2005

Queer Eye

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2003

Queer Eye for the Straight GuyStream

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2003

Good Morning, Miami

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2002

Dr. PhilStream

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2002

The BachelorStream

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2002

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

CribsStream

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2000

The Early Show

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1999

The ViewStream

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1997

Antiques RoadshowStream

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1997

Access Hollywood

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1996

Extra

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1994

Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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1993

The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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1986

Good Morning America

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