Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service), James Norton (Happy Valley), Ben Miles (The Crown), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Angels In America), Anthony Welsh (Black Mirror) and Ellie Bamber (Les Miserables) are set to star in BBC One’s six episode Profumo Affair drama The Trial Of Christine Keeler.
The Trial Of Christine Keeler takes a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories: the 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 – a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules.
Sophie Cookson has been cast as Christine Keeler; James Norton as Stephen Ward; Ben Miles as Defence Secretary John Profumo; Emilia Fox as Valerie Profumo; Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Johnny Edgecombe; Anthony Welsh as Aloysius “Lucky” Gordon; and Ellie Bamber as Mandy Rice-Davies.
The six episode series is penned by Amanda Coe and is being produced by Ecosse Films and Great Meadow. Andrea Harkin is directing. The Trial Of Christine Keeler is the first title to benefit from financial support from the Keshet International’s Content Fund. Rebecca Ferguson is the series producer. The executive producers are Kate Triggs and Douglas Rae for Ecosse Films, Amanda Coe and Lucy Richer for BBC. Keshet International will handle global sales. Production got underway this week in Bristol.
“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”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned the series alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “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.”