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 / 30 / 2019

‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’ premiered yesterday and today we continue with the second episode that will air at 9pm on BBC One. But before that check out what critics are saying about the show.

The Times – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A scandal imbued with a stylish exoticism”

“Does have two terrific actors in the roles of Keeler (Sophie Cookson is magnetic) and Mandy Rice-Davies (Ellie Bamber, recently Cosette in Les Misérables) using sex as their only card to play. They look and sound authentic, young women getting by from day to day.”

“I did like much of Amanda Coe’s script, which dropped occasional gems and evoked the dry wit of Rice-Davies.”

The Stylist

“Although this might be a story many people think they know, The Trial of Christine Keeler is shining a new light on what happened during the Profumo Affair. The show is giving its female characters a real voice, and reframing the story to put the blame where it should have been: at the hands of the grown men who threw a teenage girl under the bus to save their reputations. As Christine says in a voiceover at the end of episode one: “It’s true terrible crimes have been committed, but not by me.”

The Guardian – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The Trial its fallout, it remains a furiously fast, fun ride which doesn’t let the deeper, darker issues fall from its grasp.

The Independent – ⭐⭐⭐

“The Trial of Christine Keeler is a timely story of sleazy politicians.

“With six hour-long episodes to play with, The Trial of Christine Keeler has space to develop its characters beyond the headlines, and for Coe to tease out subtexts about racism, sexism, and nuclear anxiety alongside the central theme of powerful men abusing their positions. Admonished by a lover for a suit so tight that it reveals his penis, Profumo muses that after the bloodless Macmillan, the British public might be ready for a prime minister with a “working todger”. It’s a horribly timely thought.

The Telegraph – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Cookson was a fine Keeler: as gorgeous as the real thing, she was keenly aware of her sex appeal but already weary of the ways in which she had to deploy it in order to get by. It was easy to see why every man she met was beguiled, and also how her capriciousness sometimes led to trouble. Ellie Bamber, meanwhile, made for a perky Mandy Rice-Davies, her eye on the main chance. Both were a mix of worldliness and vulnerability.”

“Norton imbued his character with a creepiness from the moment we met him. Each addressal of Keeler as “little baby” made you shift more uncomfortably in your seat.”

“It was a compelling history lesson, and – more than that – one that might help to repair the reputation of a much-maligned young woman.

INews – ⭐⭐⭐

“It looks fantastic and the supporting cast are excellent, particularly Ellie Bamber as Mandy Rice Davies – yet to utter the immortal courtroom riposte “well he would, wouldn’t he?” but already a more worldly and far-sighted friend to Christine.”

Radio Times – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, Les Misérables) cements her rising star status as Christine’s friend Mandy Rice-Davies, of “he would, wouldn’t he?” fame.”

“The story hops all over the timeline, as every drama these days is seemingly obliged to do, gradually revealing its tapestry of sex, lies and scandal.”

“But there’s something about the characters in this particular drama that, coupled with the evocative Cold War backdrop, makes the story as compelling today as it was to the people following every twist and turn in the headlines six decades ago.

Cultura Whisper – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Coe shakes off these perceptions with well-researched and often sexy intrigue, all while never feeling exploitative. She emphasises an under-represented fact, not generally understood in the years prior to the sexual revolution: Christine Keeler was a teenager who enjoyed having fun.”

“Sophie Cookson conveys with vivid realism. Keeler’s loving life and she’s a joy to watch.”

“Coe shows the many horrific examples of misogyny in Christine’s life.”

“History hasn’t been kind to her, but this series gives her the empathy and respect she deserved.”

Daily Mail – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Coe allowed us to glimpse the events swirling around Christine’s dysfunctional life: The arch conversations behind closed doors at MI5 or in newspaper offices.  Mostly, though, this was her story through her eyes, with many gaps that she, unlike her friend Mandy, wasn’t bright enough or worldly enough to fill in.”

“For the first time, this drama gives us an impression of who she was – reckless, naive, needy, a panicky drama princess who had been treated as a sexual object by much older men from the time she was old enough to start babysitting for their children.”

For those who reside outside the UK, you can watch BBC One live here.