HIS dad was Caractacus Potts in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, famous for his pith helmet and safari suit, so perhaps it should come as little surprise to discover that dressing up runs in the Jeffries family.
Ty Jeffries, son of the late great Lionel, kicks off the Playhouse’s Fringe cabaret this week as Miss Hope Springs - think Dusty Springfield and not the Barbara Windsor character from Carry On Girls.
In his Capital debut, the man who grew up surrounded by Hollywood royalty - he even danced with Fred Astaire - showcases his personal blend of finger snapping pop, smouldering bossa-novas and wistful waltzes.
The award-winning singer-songwriter, will be accompanied by Gordon Davidson and Alyn Cosker of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for a self-penned repertoire, revisiting the career highs and lows of his alter-ego, telling stories from her ‘Ritz to the pits’ life.
Jeffries says, “Diana Dors, Shelley Winters and Shirley MacLaine were all family friends. I suppose getting a real life close up look at those amazing ladies gave me some insight that brings a sense of authenticity to my portrayal of the ‘show business trouper’ and ageing glamor-puss that is Miss Hope Springs.”
• Hope Springs, The Boards, Greenside Place, tonight, 13-15 August, 8.30pm, £10, 0844-871 3014