Film­ing be­gins for Pro­fumo af­fair drama

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FILM­ING of a new drama about one of the defin­ing scan­dals of the 1960s be­gan this week in Bris­tol.

The Pro­fumo af­fair rocked the es­tab­lish­ment to its core when it came to light in 1963.

Show­girl Chris­tine Keeler, who died last year aged 75, be­came no­to­ri­ous when she had an af­fair with Tory cab­i­net min­is­ter John Pro­fumo and a Rus­sian diplo­mat at the same time at the height of the Cold War.

The scan­dal nearly de­stroyed Harold Macmil­lan’s gov­ern- ment. Pro­fumo, who was even­tu­ally forced to re­sign after ly­ing to Par­lia­ment about the af­fair, will be played by Ben Miles, while James Nor­ton will play Stephen Ward, who was tried for liv­ing off ‘im­moral earn­ings’ after claims that he in­tro­duced women, in­clud­ing Keeler, to rich clients.

Penned by nov­el­ist Amanda Coe, and di­rected by An­drea Harkin, the se­ries aims to take a fresh look at the scan­dal.

It will ex­am­ine the sex­ual and cul­tural pol­i­tics of the events.

So­phie Cook­son, who is play­ing Keeler, said: “I’m de­lighted to be play­ing Chris­tine Keeler in this new drama. Amanda Coe has writ­ten an il­lu­mi­nat­ing script about a vivid, com­plex woman who has pre­vi­ously, it seems, been re­duced and mis­un­der­stood.

“Now feels like the per­fect time to re­con­sider her life, and re­dress the bal­ance.”

Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals ac­tress El­lie Bam­ber will play Keeler’s friend, Mandy Rice-Davies, while Emilia Fox will play Pro­fumo’s wife, Va­lerie.

So­phie Cook­son

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Chris­tine Keeler Un­dated file photo of So­phie Cook­son and Chris­tine Keel­erIa. T

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