admin     01 / 12 / 2020

Interview with Ellie for Express.

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. 

admin     12 / 30 / 2019

One of the stars of BBC One’s new drama series The Trial of Christine Keeler has explained how the show turns the infamous sex scandal on its head.

The six-part series premiered on Sunday night (December 29) and follows the events of the 1963 Profumo Affair, which ultimately saw Keeler, the 19-year-old mistress of married politician John Profumo, jailed.

While Keeler is played by Sophie Cookson (Gypsy, Red Joan), her friend Mandy Rice-Davies is portrayed by Nocturnal Animals star Ellie Bamber.

And, speaking to Digital Spy recently, Ellie explained how the show “gave the girls their own narrative” by telling the story from Keeler’s perspective.

“[Amanda Coe, writer] kind of took the story and gave the girls their own narrative because it’s always kind of told from the male point of view, and the press point of view,” Ellie explained.

“This time, I think the two girls are allowed a voice, and I think that that’s extremely important. Mandy did… say her point of view on the whole thing, and she would say her perspective.”

“But they needed more of a voice, considering what they went through.”

Ellie’s co-star Anthony Welsh, who plays Aloysius ‘Lucky’ Gordon in the series, also praised the twist in perspective, adding: “I’m quite excited to be able to say, ‘Look, remember that story that you were very familiar with back in the day? Here’s an inside look into how it went down’.

“Because there was no social media. There was none of that stuff. What you heard was what was in the news,” Welsh continued.

“And likely, what was in the news, was what you believed. Unless you were part of the community, and maybe you were hearing other things, you’re just going to believe what you read.”

The show’s producer Rebecca Ferguson also explained why it was important that they show the story behind the headlines, saying: “That’s the rhetoric around this story, isn’t it? That… [Keeler] was a home wrecking prostitute / call girl.”

“But that’s not their fault. That’s how she was reported. So I think that’s what’s exciting about the show. I hope the people that have this fixed opinion of what that story was, and what she was, and what he was, will see behind it.”

The Trial of Christine Keeler continues next sunday (January 05) at 9pm on BBC One. You can pre-order the DVD of the series now.

admin     12 / 30 / 2019

On (December 19), Ellie was on ITV’s ‘This Morning’. In her first TV interview, Ellie spoke about The Trial of Christine Keeler, Mandy Rice-Davies, and why she was the misunderstood heroine of the scandal and the importance of retelling events from a female perspective in the MeToo era. Watch the full interview below.

admin     12 / 29 / 2019

The Trial of Christine Keeler launches on BBC One tonight and with it comes a charming performance from Ellie Bamber as real-life rebel Mandy Rice-Davies, best friend of the titular model. Mandy subsequently found herself at the centre of the world’s biggest scandal as her best friend had sexual relationships wth both War Minister John Profumo and Soviet naval attache Captain Yevgeny Mikhailovich Ivanov during the Cold War.

Naturally, Christine’s flings sparked a national security inquiry as the Conservative Party lead by PM Harold Macmillan feared the dancer could have passed vital information between the two sparring sides, which subsequently caused the collapse of the government.

Mandy and Christine were both dancers at Murray’s Cabaret Soho Club where they first met the well-connected Dr Stephen Ward who introduced Mandy to her lover Peter Rachman.

While Mandy never met Profumo, she gained notoriety during Stephen’s trial when he was found guilty of living off immoral earnings – Mandy and Christine’s ‘immoral earnings’. Essentially, the osteopath worked as a pimp to climb the social rankings of London. The girls were mere teenagers, but proved themselves as ferocious women when the government, the press and the public deemed them as ‘trash’. No wonder then, Ellie thinks her subject is ‘f**king great’.

‘I just think she’s so brave,’ she told Metro.co.uk. ‘It’s a really special quality to have. I think that was thing the thing: she was always able to smile through it and she had this incredible sense of humour.’ Ellie never got meet her new idol, but she was fortunate enough to get a rare insight into Mandy from her daughter, Dana. ‘I only spoke to her after [filming] but she gave me some incredible stories,’ Ellie continued.

‘To give an explanation of Mandy, they were driving and the police stopped them and Mandy just switched into this French accent and started speaking to the police and started saying, “Sorry, I don’t know where? What you’re talking about.” And dana was saying, “what are you doing with that accent?” So I got these beautiful special stories from her.’

Mandy died in 2014, and subsequently had no idea the BBC were going to explore her teenage years again for a six part drama. Christine, however, was told about The Trial of Christine Keeler shortly after production got the green light before her death in 2017.

The Trial of Christine Keeler starts tonight at 9pm on BBC One.