CAPTURED: Comedian Anh Do paints a portrait of Murgon actress Leah Purcell during his show Anh's Brush with Fame.
CAPTURED: Comedian Anh Do paints a portrait of Murgon actress Leah Purcell during his show Anh's Brush with Fame. ABC

Tune in to see Murgon star on Anh's Brush with Fame

THE South Burnett's talented girl next door has talked about her life and how she found fame on national television this week.

Actress Leah Purcell, who grew up in Murgon, was featured in the ABC series Anh's Brush with Fame on Wednesday night.

During the show, comedian, author and two-time Archibald artist Anh Do painted a portrait of and interviewed the actress.

Purcell talked about her father, a white man who was married and had kids with a white woman - and also had a family with an Aboriginal woman on the other side of Murgon's railway tracks.

"He had six kids to my Aboriginal mum and I was the youngest of six.” she said.

"It was a secret in the town. I'm sure everyone knew but I was told not to mention his name, but when he did come to see us it was hush-hush.”

Purcell also talked about her mum, her identity and her grandmother who was part of the Stolen Generation.

Purcell is best known for her roles as Rita Connors in prison drama Wentworth, Grace in Redfern Now and Heather O'Connor in Janet King.

If you missed the show, the episode will be repeated on the ABC at 5.29pm this Sunday, or you can watch it on ABC iView.

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