Jessie Buckley once played for Queen Elizabeth II.
Music impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has learned that the Queen’s favorite song is Cole Porter’s satirical number ‘Miss Otis Regrets’ and arranged for the star to perform it for the monarch, 95, during a a private event to mark its Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
He told the Daily Mail: “I helped organize the entertainment for the Queen’s final jubilee and we had a private party. I asked Jessie to come and do the song ‘Miss Otis Regrets’ because it’s a favorite of mine; and certain Rodgers and Hammerstein numbers I was told Her Majesty loved.”
The legendary songwriter went on to explain that Jessie was unfazed singing “two feet away” from the Queen and described her performance as “wonderful”.
He said: “Jessie was singing about two feet from the Queen. Any performer would have been intimidated, but not at all. She was wonderful”
The 32-year-old actress – who recently won an Olivier Award for her role as Sally Bowles in the critically acclaimed West End revival of ‘Cabaret’ – was discovered by Lord Webber aged 18 when she auditioned for her BBC. talent show “I’d Do Anything” in 2008, which was looking to find an actress to play Nancy in its West End revival of Oliver!
Despite being a favorite to win the show, Jessie ultimately came second to Jodie Prenger on the show and the composer went on to say losing the role was the ‘best possible outcome’ for the Oscar-nominated star. .
He said: “I got to know her pretty well after the TV show. I think, in a way, the fact that she didn’t win it was the best thing that could have happened. “