It seems 2022 was the year of celebrity courtroom dramas, with cases like Johnny Depp v Amber Heard dominating the internet after it was live-streamed free online, and millions tuned in.
Another case was brought to trial that year, focusing on two women, multiple social media leaks, and the entire world watching. That is of course the case of Vardy v Rooney, widely known as the Wagatha Christie trial.
Involving two WAGs – Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, married to footballers Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney, respectively – the trial took place in May 2022 and caught mainstream attention thanks to its bizarre tale.
Now, the real-life scandal will play out on the small screen with the Australian release of Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama. Here, everything you need to know.
Where to watch Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama in Australia
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama premiered on Foxtel on January 15 at 8.40pm AEDT.
What is Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama about?
As per the synopsis, Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama will showcase “all the incredible and unbelievable moments” from the infamous Wagatha Christie case that kept the public and media gripped from when it first unfolded on social media in 2019.
“The 90-minute film recreates the high drama and high stakes defamation case that catapulted the two feuding women and sparring legal teams into the spotlight where their every move in the courtroom was dissected and scrutinised in the press.”
Featuring an all-star cast, the drama is based on the actual court transcripts in the case of the football WAGs and moments that weren’t seen on television at the time, allowing viewers to further delve into the saga that captured everyone’s interest.
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What is the true story behind Vardy v Rooney?
In 2019, Rooney accused Vardy of leaking posts from her private Instagram account to the British newspaper The Sun, after she blocked everyone from watching her Instagram Stories apart from her fellow WAG, whom she had already suspected as the leak.
Rooney took to Twitter at the time to announce her findings, prompting Vardy to deny the allegations and sue Rooney for libel. The following year, both parties went all out as the case was brought to the High Court.
Going to trial in 2022, Vardy and Rooney’s legal battle received much international media coverage with the press examining their every move. In the end, it was ruled that Rooney’s social media posts accusing Vardy of leaking stories to the tabloid newspaper were substantially true.
Who is cast in Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama?
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama stars Chanel Cresswell (This is England, Trolled) as Coleen Rooney, WAG and wife of English professional football manager and former player Wayne Rooney, and Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) as Rebekah Vardy, fellow WAG and wife of English football player Jamie Vardy.
Michael Sheen (Good Omens, Quiz) plays Rooney’s high-profile barrister David Sherborne and Simon Coury (The Professor and the Madman) plays Vardy’s barrister, Hugh Tomlinson QC (now KC) who has famously represented a ‘who’s who’ of clients including King Charles III.
The factual drama also sees Wayne Rooney played by Dion Lloyd (The Light in the Hall, Hidden) and Jamie Vardy played by Márton Nagyszokolyai (FBI: International, Shadow and Bone).