The series will appear on BBC Three — with producers inviting homegrown drag queens to take part.
The flamboyant talent contest has an international audience of millions as it’s broadcast on channels in countries ranging from Hungary to The Philippines.
But RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be the first time a different version of the show has been created outside of the US.
Creator Rupaul Charles said: “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”
In the US RuPaul’s Drag Race has seen a stellar line-up of stars appear as guests on the show, including Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian.
The eight-part British series is likely to do the same. Famous fans on this side of the pond include chat show host Jonathan Ross and Sherlock actor Andrew Scott.
A TV source said: "This is a massive coup for the Beeb as lots of other UK channels wanted this show. It will follow the exact same format as the American version with British twists and some famous guests.
"It will be filmed in London and casting directors will be searching for the best drag artists Britain has to offer – there'll be a huge budget for costumes and production and bosses are hoping that a star is born. It's really exciting for everyone involved and is expected to draw a lot of new fans to the franchise.
"RuPaul has a cult following so it's massive news."
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