Psychological drama partly filmed in Sussex proves to be huge Netflix hit

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Anatomy of a Scandal: Netflix drama filmed at Cuckmere Haven. Credit: Netflix
Anatomy of a Scandal: Netflix drama filmed at Cuckmere Haven. Credit: Netflix

A NETFLIX drama partly filmed in Sussex has proved a hit with viewers.

Anatomy of A Scandal, a psychological courtroom drama starring Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery, has been in Netflix’s most watched TV programmes for more than a month.

It was released on April 15.

The six-part series was filmed partly at Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Haven in November 2020.

Sienna Miller and Rupert Friend were pictured shooting a scene on the pebbles alongside child actors Amelie Bea Smith and Sebastian Selwood.

The Sussex beauty spot featured in the drama as the summer retreat for the family.

The series is an adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s best-selling novel of the same name.

The book, which was published in the UK in 2018, follows a Westminster politician whose marriage begins to unravel after he is accused of sexual misconduct, while his wife fights to prove his innocence.

Sienna, 40, plays Oxford University graduate Sophie Whitehouse, the wife and mother-of-two who finds herself at the centre of the scandal.

The actress said: “I was a huge fan of the book and of my character Sophie.

“She is multi-faceted and facing the consequences of the decisions she has made in her life of privilege, that are catching up with her.

“I loved the arc and journey she embarks on and was thrilled to be part of such a talented cast and crew.”

Michelle Dockery, best known for playing Lady Mary Crawley in period drama Downton Abbey, plays criminal barrister Kate Woodcroft, who specialises in prosecuting sex crimes.

Actor Rupert Friend plays junior minister James Whitehouse, who is married to Sophie.

David E. Kelley, who wrote HBO drama Big Little Lies starring Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep, led the production with House Of Cards showrunner Melissa James Gibson.

David said: “Sex. Power. Privilege. Based on Sarah’s addictive book, the show tackles entitlement, truth and the boundaries of consent.

“It’s been a joy to partner with Netflix on this and see SJ bring it to such a rich and nuanced life.”

Anatomy Of a Scandal is available to watch on Netflix now.

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