Matthew Baynton to play Kenny Everett

Matthew Baynton has been cast as Kenny Everett in a new episode of Sky Arts’ Urban Myths.

The episode will tell the story of the Everett and Freddie Mercury smuggled Princess Diana into a gay cabaret bar, dressed as a man.

Supposedly, the trio, along with Everett’s sidekick and friend Cleo Rocos, went to South London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern, notorious for its outrageous drag acts, in 1988

Sophie Rundle – who plays Ada Shelby in Peaky Blinders – will take the part of Diana.

David Avery, who played Mercury in previous Urban Myth Backstage At Live Aid, will reprise his role as the Queen frontman.

Diana’s trip to the bar was revealed in Rocos’s memoirs in 2013. She recalled that the four of them had been hanging out at Everett’s flat, improvising explicit dialogue over an episode of The Golden Girls.

When they decided to continue their night out, Diana said that she wanted to join them.

‘She tried on the outfit Kenny had intended to wear: a camouflage army jacket, hair tucked up into a leather cap and dark aviator sunglasses.

‘Scrutinising her in the half-light, we decided that the most famous icon of the modern world might just – just – pass for a rather eccentrically dressed gay male model.’

When we walked in we felt she would be discovered at any minute,” Rocos said. “But people just seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared. She loved it.

Diana, who had become pals with Everett as she was a fan of his TV show, managed to order a white wine and beer without incident, and the group dropped her off at Kensington Palace later.

The one-off will be one of the next short films in the Sky Arts Urban Myths series and has the working title One Normal Night.


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