Recently debuting the fourth season, Netflix original historical drama The Crown, portrays the story of the Royal Family from 1947. The latest season chronicles Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ relationship, including their infamous Australia tour. In the sixth episode pop jazz vocalist, Purdy performs Frankie Valli classic Can’t Take My Eyes Off You for the couple’s first publicly filmed dance in 1983. Purdy’s version of the track can also be heard at the end of the episode during the credits. The performance and dance can be viewed here.
Talking of auditioning for the role and filming, Purdy said “
“I have a good friend to thank. Sonia Jones – renowned vocal coach was approached by The Crown team and kindly put me forward. I have the Director – Julian Jarrold to thank for choosing me. I was quite nervous on recording day but soon got in to the swing with fellow songstresses Aimee Hodnett and Kate Parr who join me on the big chorus. Such a great classic song and such fun to sing. I’m no stranger to film sets but it was wonderful watching such a big production and experiencing the amazing cast and crew’s devotion to this magical moment. It was worth the 13 hours in heels!” She continues, “It was a huge honour to be chosen to sing for such a historic scene. I just kept thinking how much my Dad would have loved it as he organised security at all the Royal Palaces.”
Purdy’s distinctive, sultry stylings and songwriting skills have led to critical acclaim and a highly praised support tour with Jools Holland, including a knock out show at The Royal Albert Hall where Purdy launched her first album ‘Diamond In the Dust’. Purdy has performed her self-penned Remembrance song to 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium, guested with Jamie Cullum on the BBC Cheltenham Festival stage and sang with Simply Red on The Royal Variety Show. This consummate artist has played packed houses at London’s premier venues, Formula 1 Events and The London Lifestyle Awards. Purdy has sung for both Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Mick Jagger and was also asked to perform on Richard Branson’s Necker Island opening for Lana Del Ray! Several of Purdy’s songs have appeared on films including Once Upon a Time In London.