Wagatha Christie – First Images Released From Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama | Ents & Arts News

The first footage of a two-part film about Wagatha Christie’s legal battle has been released by Channel 4.

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

Natalia Tena, known as Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter, plays Rebekah Vardy, and is seen wearing dark sunglasses and surrounded by reporters.

Coleen Rooney played by Chanel Cresswell.  Photo: Channel 4
Chanel Cresswell as Coleen Rooney. Photo: Channel 4

Channel 4 said the film, which will air in December, “recreates the highly dramatic, high-profile Supreme Court libel case” based on court transcripts.

It also depicts the “enormous impact on the lives of the two women at its center”.

As for Rooney and Vardy’s husbands, Dion Lloyd plays the former Manchester United midfielder, while Marton Nagyszokolyai takes on the role of current Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

Rebekah Vardy played by Natalia Tena and Jamie Vardy played by Marton Nagyszokolyai.  Photo: Channel 4
Tena and Marton Nagyszkolyai. Photo: Channel 4
Wayne Rooney played by Dion Lloyd and Coleen Rooney played by Chanel Cresswell.  Photo: Channel 4
Dion Lloyd and Cresswell. Photo: Channel 4

Dubbed the #WagathaChristie case When it first appeared on social media in 2019, the case made headlines around the world.

In the process this summer Vardy, 40, lost a libel battle against Rooney, 36, via a social media post after a Supreme Court judge determined it to be “substantially true”.

Rebekah Vardy played by Natalia Tena.  Photo: Channel 4
Photo: Channel 4

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.

During her investigative endeavors, she was nicknamed “Wagatha Christie,” in reference to the popular mystery writer Agatha Christie and the term referring to the wives and girlfriends of athletes (Wags).

Coleen Rooney played by Chanel Cresswell.  Photo: Channel 4
Photo: Channel 4

A judge ruled in October Vardy must pay 90% of Rooney’s legal costs after their libel trial – and the bill could run to around £1.5million.

Read more:
Rebekah Vardy in first interview since losing libel suit
What the Wagatha Christie ruling means for you and social media posts
‘Very sad’ Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney are ‘no longer friends’

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, UK on May 10, 2022.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
The real Rebekah Vardy pictured outside court in May

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

The high-profile court case is also being turned into a West End play.

A short clip from the Channel 4 show will be available on Monday.

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