First trailer for Channel 4’s Wagatha Christie court drama sees tensions rise

The first trailer for Channel 4’s drama based on the Wagatha Christie case sees tensions rise as the legal battle plays out in the courtroom.

The 20-second teaser for the highly-anticipated series, titled Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama, shows This Is England actress Chanel Cresswell as Coleen Rooney and Harry Potter star Natalia Tena as Rebekah Vardy.

In the clip, Rooney looks suspiciously at her phone as her voiceover says: “For a few years now, someone who I trusted has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts.”

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As the drama moves to the courtroom, Good Omens actor Michael Sheen, playing Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne, cross-examines Vardy as she takes to the witness box.

He asks: “Mrs Vardy, would you say you respect other people’s privacy?” to which she replies “Yes, I do”.

Mr Sherborne’s previous clients include Diana, Princess of Wales, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and model Kate Moss.

He also represented Johnny Depp in the actor’s 2020 libel claim against the publisher of The Sun, News Group Newspapers (NGN).

Vardy’s barrister, Hugh Tomlinson, will be portrayed by Simon Coury, best known for appearing in The Professor And The Madman.

His previous clients include the King, easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and oligarch Roman Abramovich.

Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama
Dion Lloyd playing Wayne Rooney and Chanel Cresswell starring as Coleen Rooney in the upcoming series Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama (Channel 4/PA)

Channel 4’s two-part film will also see Dion Lloyd play former Manchester United midfielder Wayne Rooney and Marton Nagyszokolyai take the role of current Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

The channel said its project “recreates the high drama, high stakes High Court defamation case” based on court transcripts.

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

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”.

Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama
Natalia Tena as Rebekah Vardy and Marton Nagyszokolyai as Jamie Vardy in the upcoming two-part drama (Channel 4/PA)

In the post, widely shared 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.

Her sleuthing efforts saw her dubbed “Wagatha Christie” in reference to the popular mystery writer Agatha Christie and the term referring to sportsmen’s wives and girlfriends – wags.

The high-profile court case has also been turned into a West End play, with stage actress Lucy May Barker playing Vardy and Laura Dos Santos, who has appeared in Doctor Who, portraying Rooney. The show is running at Wyndham’s Theatre until January 10.

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

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