Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama: Chanel Cresswell and Natalia Tena recreate dramatic legal battle
The first footage of Channel 4’s highly anticipated drama Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama has been released.
The upcoming series recreates the legal battle between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy that came to be known as the ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial.
The footage shows actresses Chanel Creswell as Coleen and Natalia Tena as Rebekah sat in court under cross-examination.
Tense: The first footage of Channel 4’s much anticipated drama Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama has been released (Chanel Cresswell and Dion Lloyd as Coleen and Wayne Rooney)
Chanel was dressed for one scene in a navy blouse and black suit as she sat next to actor Dion Lloyd who plays Coleen’s husband Wayne Rooney.
Other images show a recreation of Rebekah walking into the courtroom wearing a long-sleeved navy dress and large sunglasses.
Chanel also does some investigative work as Coleen, scanning messages on her phone at home.
Along with Chanel and Natalia, Michael Sheen stars as Coleen’s attorney David Sherborne, Rebekah’s attorney Hugh Tomlinson, and Marci Nagyszokolyai as Rebekah’s husband Jamie Vardy.
Drama: An image shows a recreation of Rebekah Vardy (Natalia Tena) walking into the courtroom wearing a long-sleeved navy dress and large sunglasses
Wagatha Christie: Chanel wore a navy blouse and black suit for one scene
Created from the real court transcripts, Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama gives viewers the chance to relive the non-television scenes from the courtroom with all the drama that captivated audiences and media for weeks.
The programme, produced by Chalkboard, who created the BBC series Murder, Mystery and My Family, will air later this year.
The former friends first fell out publicly in 2019 when Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking messages from her private Instagram account to The Sun.
Her rigorous detective work to find the culprit earned her the title Wagatha Christie, in reference to mystery writer Agatha Christie.
Couple: Natalia Tena can be seen in one image looking at Marci Nagyszokolyai who plays Rebekah’s husband Jamie Vardy
Rebekah denied the claims and sued for libel, but lost in July in the Supreme Court, where her evidence was deemed “manifestly inconsistent” and “not credible.”
In October, she was ordered to pay 90 percent of Coleen’s legal bills, with the first £800,000 to be paid within six weeks.
The former Dancing on Ice contestant also has to pay her own lawyers’ bills, meaning the huge cost of her failed libel claim is around £4 million.
Rebekah is reportedly facing a legal bill estimated at £1.5 million for her costs following their ‘Wagatha Christie’ high court libel suit.
The WAG – whose reputation is in tatters after she scored one of the worst own goals in British legal history – should find £800,000 of it in weeks.
Legal battle: The former friends first fell out publicly in 2019 when Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking messages from her private Instagram account to The Sun
It comes at the hands of a Supreme Court judge who dismissed her evidence as “evasive or implausible” in one of the most-watched cases in recent years.
She was charged with deliberately deleting WhatsApp messages at the center of the case, as it was suggested that her agent also deliberately dropped her phone in the North Sea.
Vardy and her footballer husband were left with the bill after Ms Steyn ruled in Rooney’s favor in a verdict that said parts of her evidence given under oath were “manifestly inconsistent”, “not credible” and should be treated with “very great caution’.
She lost her high-profile libel suit against Rooney in July when Judge Steyn ruled that Rooney’s viral social media post accusing Vardy of leaking her private information to the press was “substantially true.”
Show: Created from the real court transcripts, Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom drama, gives viewers the chance to relive the unaired scenes from the courtroom
It followed a viral social media post in which Rooney had revealed she had been posting fake stories on her Instagram page. These fake stories subsequently appeared in The Sun newspaper.
Having changed her settings so that only one user could see it, she dared to make the famous statement “it’s…Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
In an order made public on Tuesday, the judge ordered Vardy to pay 90% of Rooney’s costs.
Rooney incurred total costs in excess of £2 million, but £350,000 of that had already been collected before the May trial, so those were removed to give a final figure of £1,667,860.
Vardy was ordered to pay £800,000 from the expense account by 4pm on 15 November.
Trial: Coleen’s rigorous detective work to find the culprit earned her the title Wagatha Christie, in reference to mystery writer Agatha Christie