Rebekah Vardy

Channel 4’s Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama unveils star studded cast

Two men dressed as lawyers in robes and a barrister's wig, stand with two women one of which is holding a phone

Based on the real-life high court battle in 2022, known as Wagatha Christie, the drama will tell the story of the libel case between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney. The case hit headlines around the world and ignited a debate around privacy.

Coleen Rooney will be played by Chanel Cresswell and Rebekah Vardy by Natalia Tena. 

They will be joined by Michael Sheen as Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne and Simon Coury as Vardy’s barrister Hugh Tomlinson, who has represented multiple high profile people including King Charles III.

Channel 4 to dramatise #WagathaChristie case for new courtroom docudrama

Across two parts, the drama will use the real court transcripts to recreate the defamation case that gripped the nation in 2022.

Dubbed #WagathaChristie when it first unfolded on social media in 2019, the case was not allowed to be televised when it reached the high court this year, so Channel 4 will bring to viewers the many memorable moments for the first time.

Actors will play the parts of the protagonists, including Rebekah Vardy, Coleen Rooney, Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy. As well as scenes from the courtroom, there will be analysis from the media and social media.