Cookson, Norton, Fox and Miles all star in Amanda Coe’s six-part drama, The Trial of Christine Keeler.
“Casting actresses who could authentically convey the age and experience of the young women at the centre of this piece was key to achieving Amanda’s vision for this story. I’m delighted that we have two actresses of such calibre in the roles of Christine and Mandy, and actors of real skill and complexity in James and Ben, to play alongside them.” – Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama
Sophie Cookson leads the cast in the role of Christine Keeler. James Norton stars opposite Cookson in the role of Stephen Ward together with Ellie Bamber as Mandy Rice-Davies. Ben Miles will play John Profumo and Emilia Fox stars as Valerie Profumo. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett plays Johnny Edgecombe and Anthony Welsh plays Aloysius “Lucky” Gordon.
Written by Bafta award-winning novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe The Trial of Christine Keeler takes a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories: the real-life chain of events in the 1960s that came to be known as the Profumo Affair.
At the centre of the storm was 19-year-old Christine Keeler (Cookson) – a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules. The Trial of Christine Keeler takes us behind the headlines to tell a human story about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times.
The last major adaption of the story was back in 1989 with the big-screen version, Scandal. Starring Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler and John Hurt as Stephen Ward. This version was accompanied by music by The Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, the latter in the charts at the time of the original scandal in the sixties. The song Nothing Has Been Proved peaked at 16 in the UK Top 20 singles chart.
“I’m delighted to be playing Christine Keeler in this new drama. Amanda Coe has written an illuminating script about a vivid, complex woman who has previously, it seems, been reduced and misunderstood. Now feels like the perfect time to reconsider her life, and redress the balance.” – Sophie Cookson
The Trial Of Christine Keeler is the first title to benefit from financial support from the KI Content Fund. Launched earlier in March this year by Keshet International with several of Israel’s largest holding and asset management companies.