The Trial of Christine Keeler has had viewers hooked on the story of one of the biggest ever political scandals in the UK, The Profumo Affair. As the series edges closer to its conclusion, viewers will see the trial played out on screen. Best friend Mandy has been a key ally to Christine, and actress Ellie who plays her in the series, opened up on how the two became friends.
Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, Ellie explained: “It was so great to portray their friendship.”
“I think to begin with, they had this really, really extraordinary time together, they used to go out! She went on to address how they ended their initial feud while working at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho. “The kind of the story of when they met is amazing actually, they met at Murray’s and they didn’t really get along very well for several different reasons,” she continued. “One day, Christine kind of stole Mandy’s feathers which she needed to go on stage with.
“Mandy’s furious, grabs a whole handful of talcum powder whilst Christine is doing her make-up, proceeded to throw it at the fan on the ceiling. And she says in the book that it was either that moment they had like a proper scrap, like a physical fight, or laugh, and they laughed. I think that says a lot about their relationship, fun!” Ellie added.
The series’ producer Rebecca Ferguson decided to tell the story from Mandy and Christine’s perspective.
Explaining her decision, she said: ”Well, it was the two fold thing of it never has been, which just seems like such a notable omission, literally, you know, the young woman is at the centre of this. And, yeah, why wouldn’t you want to tell that story? I mean, what could be more fascinating than to be a 19-year-old girl who is at the centre of this extraordinary moment in history with no precedent?”.
“I mean, in terms of her exposure and the way that she was vilified, the opportunities it opened up for her to make money off the story, you know, there were so many aspects to it,” she concluded.
The Trial of Christine Keeler continues next sunday at 9pm on BBC One.