First look at Wagatha Christie series Vardy v Rooney
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The first images of Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama have been released by the show’s broadcaster Channel 4. BAFTA winning actress Chanel Cresswell will portray Colleen Rooney and Harry Potter star Natalia Tena will take on the role of Rebekah Vardy. The dramatisation of the high profile privacy case is set to be told in December.
Colleen outed Rebekah on Instagram in 2019 for what she believed was a continuing leaking of stories about her, with the now-famous line “It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
Ever since, the pair have been in the centre of one of the most publicised legal battles in British history.
Rebekah eventually lost her libel trial against Colleen Rooney in August and was ordered to pay up to £1.5 million to her former friend.
The case was dubbed “Wagatha Christie” due to Colleen’s detective prowess while getting to the bottom of who may be responsible for negative press being written about her.
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Now, after more than three years since the original post on Colleen’s Instagram stories, a much-anticipated drama about the story will be aired.
The cast contains a stellar list of actors from the UK, including Damned United and Quiz star Michael Sheen.
Donned in a curly wig, he will portray the well-known barrister David Sherborne who represented Colleen (Chanel Cresswell).
Chanel starred in This is England and won a BAFTA for her performance in its TV series sequel This Is England 90, for her intense storytelling of the troubled character Kelly.
Also appearing in the drama will be the characters of former England football internationals Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy.
Those shoes will be filled by Dion Lloyd and Márton Nagyszokolyai, who will recreate the moments the pair gave testimonies in court.
As in real life the pair supported their wives and their own relationship as teammates also came under the spotlight.
The two-part drama will be based on the transcripts available from the trial, as to replicate the goings on as closely as possible.
The show comes at a time when historical events are being adapted to TV screens under more scrutiny than ever.
It is unknown whether this drama will be requested to include a disclaimer, much like The Crown’s showrunners were protested against to do.
Creators of Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama described the events as: “A high stakes High Court defamation case that followed.
“A case that had a huge impact on the lives of the two women at its heart and catapulted the two sparring legal teams into the spotlight, where much like Rooney and Vardy, their every move in the courtroom was dissected and scrutinised in the press.”
Following the court case, Rebekah took part in an interview with Talk TV to give her reaction.
She broke down in tears during her discussion with Kate McCann, where she denied leaking stories about Colleen.
In August she said: “I will say that until I am blue in the face, I did not do it.”
“I feel let down by a lot of people, a lot of things. But mostly I feel let down by the legal system.”
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama airs in December on Channel 4
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