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A Tribute to Miss Jason by Jason Reid

Jason Sutton aka Miss Jason 

27 February 1968 – 22 April 2024

Beloved drag artist, actor, and LGBTQ+ community advocate Jason Sutton aka Miss Jason has died at the age of 56.

In a drag career which spanned almost 30 years, Miss Jason performed in venues and at Pride events across the UK and beyond — holding popular residencies at Legends in Brighton and Two Brewers in London.

Jason began performing in Bournemouth in the 90’s, before moving to Brighton which is where he would later become an established artist commanding stages in venues and delighting audiences at Brighton Pride.

It was Jason’s drag inspiration Phil Starr who introduced Miss Jason to the stage of his very first show. The name Miss Jason was bestowed by Phil Starr.

Miss Jason was an exceptionally talented and generous raconteur who exuded a unique warmth and sense of unbridled joy. Shows consisted of spirited singalongs, playful interactions with audience members, lashings of double-entendres, and a sense of belonging.

On and off the stage, throughout his life, Jason was passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+ community and charities that benefitted people living with HIV and LGBTQ+ people more broadly.

The Sussex Beacon, The Ledward Centre, Terrence Higgins Trust, Rainbow Fund, and Albert Kennedy Trust are just a few of the charities and community organisations that Jason advocated for and worked with.

In 2015, Miss Jason was presented with a special community award by Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp from Sussex Police acknowledging the help she gave police officers during a bomb scare at the start of the Brighton Pride Parade.

In 2016, Miss Jason won the Golden Handbag award for best local entertainer in Brighton.

TV credits for Miss Jason include BBC One’s The Weakest Link, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Blankety Blank, and Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me.

Miss Jason performed in pantomimes each Christmas — Brighton 2023, Richmond 2022, Barnstaple 2021, Richmond 2019, High Wycombe 2018, Bromley 2017, Portsmouth 2016.

Jason is survived by his partner Terry.

Following the announcement of Jason’s sudden death, friends, fans and peers have taken to social media to share heartfelt tributes.

“Heartbroken about our lovely and wonderful Jason Sutton. Can’t really talk.” ~ Dave Lynn, Drag Artist

“I’m truly, utterly and completely devastated! My darling sister, we had over 25 years of friendship and we helped and showed each other lots of things, you taught me a lot as well but you never taught me how to live without you…..I don’t really know what I’m going to do without you, dear” ~ Davina Sparkle, Drag Artist

“We are broken.  Our darling Jason – an exceptional individual with such a talent to make us all happy.  Rightly everyone who knew him is devastated.  He was the very best of friends, with the kindest heart, charismatic, genuine, an icon of our community and an absolute joy both on and off stage – our home is empty” ~ Legends Brighton

“Very sad news about Miss Jason’s passing. We did indeed love a bit of camp dear! We will miss the warmth and the laughs.” ~ Simon Le Vans, DJ

“I think we’re really lucky to have shared the same time on the planet as Jason. He was an absolute gem. Talented and a master of his craft. But most importantly – was really really kind and cared deeply for his communities and for others. He will be greatly missed.” ~ Joe Black, Drag Artist, Drag Race UK

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Jason Sutton aka Miss Jason – a giant of our community.” ~ Scene Magazine Brighton

“Sleep well funny funny man: My little Dolphin. Thank You for the laughs, joy and naughtiness.” ~ Son Of a Tutu, Drag Artist

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