Michael Sheen and Chanel Cresswell to star in Vardy v Rooney A Courtroom Drama
Michael Sheen, Chanel Cresswell, Natalia Tena, and Simon Coury will star in 'Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama'.
The 'Good Omens' actor will play Coleen Rooney’s high profile barrister David Sherborne in the Channel 4 drama, a dramatisation of the 2022 High Court battle that gripped the UK and was dubbed the 'Wagatha Christie' case.
'This Is England' actress Chanel will take on the role of Coleen, while 'Harry Potter' star Natalia will play fellow WAG Rebekah Vardy.
Simon will portray Rebekah’s barrister, Hugh Tomlinson, who has previously represented the likes of King Charles.
Dion Lloyd is to play Coleen's husband, former England captain Wayne Rooney, while Márton Nagyszokolyai will star as Rebekah’s significant other, Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy.
The two-part film recreates the high drama, high stakes High Court defamation case that followed after Coleen took to social media in 2019 to claim Rebekah's Instagram account had been leaking "false stories" to the press.
Rebekah, 40, then took legal action against her fellow WAG, as she denied being responsible for the leaks.
In July, it was revealed Coleen had won the 'Wagatha Christie' case against Rebekah.
In the High Court verdict on July 29th, judge Mrs Justice Steyn ruled that it was "likely" that Vardy's then-agent Caroline Watt "undertook the direct act" of passing information on.
The judge said: "Nonetheless, the evidence clearly shows, in my view, that Mrs Vardy knew of and condoned this behaviour, actively engaging in it by directing Ms Watt to the private Instagram account, sending her screenshots of Mrs Rooney's posts, drawing attention to items of potential interest to the press, and answering additional queries raised by the press via Ms Watt.
"In my judgment, the conclusions that I have reached as to the extent to which the claimant engaged in disclosing to The Sun information to which she only had access as a permitted follower of an Instagram account which she knew, and Mrs Rooney repeatedly asserted, was private, suffice to show the single meaning is substantially true."
'Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama' will air later this year.