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Channel 4 releases first look at Wagatha Christie court drama

Pictures show the cast which includes Michael Sheen, Chanel Cresswell and Natalia Tena in and out of court.

Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama releases images of Rebekah Vardy, played by Natalia Tena (Channel 4)
Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama releases images of Rebekah Vardy, played by Natalia Tena (Channel 4)

The first images of a two-part film which explores the legal battle ‘Wagatha Christie’ have been released by Channel 4.

Bafta-winning This Is England actress Chanel Cresswell is pictured as Coleen Rooney, sitting in court, in a first look at Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama.

While Harry Potter’s Natalia Tena, who will take on the role of Rebekah Vardy, is seen in dark glasses surrounded by reporters.

Good Omens actor Michael Sheen will also play Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne, whose previous clients include Diana, Princess of Wales, and Johnny Depp, alongside Simon Coury as Vardy’s barrister, Hugh Tomlinson QC.

Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama - Rebekah Vardy (NATALIA TENA) is represented by Hugh Tomlinson QC (SIMON COURY) V's Coleen Rooney (CHANEL CRESSWELL) represented by David Sherborne QC (MICHAEL SHEEN)
Michael Sheen as Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne (Channel 4/PA)

It also sees Dion Lloyd play former Manchester United midfielder Wayne Rooney and Marton Nagyszokolyai take the role of current Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. Both footballers also played for England.

Channel 4 said its film “recreates the high drama, high stakes High Court defamation case” based on the court transcripts.

It also imagines the “huge impact on the lives of the two women at its heart”.

Dubbed the #WagathaChristie case when it first unfolded on social media in 2019, the audacious case made headlines around the world.

In the trial which gripped the nation this summer, Vardy, 40, lost a libel battle against 36-year-old Rooney over a viral social media post after a High Court judge found it was “substantially true”.

In the post, which went viral in October 2019, Rooney said she had carried out a months-long “sting operation” and accused Vardy of leaking “false stories” about her private life to the press.

Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama - Wayne Rooney (DION LLYOYD) and Coleen Rooney (CHANEL CRESSWELL) Rebekah Vardy (NATALIA TENA) is represented by Hugh Tomlinson QC (SIMON COURY) V's Coleen Rooney (CHANEL CRESSWELL) represented by David Sherborne QC (MICHAEL SHEEN)
Wayne Rooney, played by Dion Lloyd, and Coleen Rooney, played by Chanel Cresswell (Channel 4/PA)

Her sleuthing efforts saw her dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’ in reference to the popular mystery writer Agatha Christie and the term referring to sports people’s wives and girlfriends (Wags).

The high-profile court case is also being turned into a West End play with stage actress Lucy May Barker playing Vardy while Laura Dos Santos, who has appeared in Doctor Who, will play Rooney.

In August, Disney+ confirmed it is creating a three-part documentary series about the court battle with “exclusive access” to Rooney.

Vardy V Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial is running at Wyndham’s Theatre until January 10.

Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama is set to air on Channel 4 in December.

A short clip of the show will also be available on Monday.

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