Washington: ‘Kingsman’ star Sophie Cookson will be seen playing the role of a controversial party girl, Christine Keeler, in an upcoming BBC drama about the Profumo Affair.
Cookson, who also starred in the Kingsman follow-up ‘The Golden Circle’ and the Netflix drama ‘Gypsy’, leads the cast for the upcoming drama ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’, reported Deadline.
The show revolves around the infamous Profumo affair, which shows 19-year-old Christine Keeler being briefly involved in a relationship with John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government.
Profumo at first lied to the House of Commons about the fling. The incident became a worldwide scandal after it was revealed that Keeler might have been simultaneously dating the Soviet naval attache.
It will explore Keeler’s role in the scandal that helped bring down Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government in 1963.
The drama is written by ‘Apple Tree Yard’ writer Amanda Coe and exec produced by Coe, Ecosse Films’ Douglas Rae and Kate Triggs and Lucy Richer for the BBC.
Other important roles are still being cast for the series. The production of the six-part drama starts in October.
Cookson’s latest film, Red Joan, directed by Trevor Nunn, will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.