Who doesn’t love a good courtroom drama? The latest, Anatomy of A Scandal, is a new series on Netflix that will have you guessing until the very end.
Based on Sarah Vaughan’s bestselling novel of the same name, the book wasn’t inspired by any specific a true story. But rather, what inspired it is Vaughan’s experience covering British sex scandals as a courtroom reporter.
The story begins with Parliamentary minister James Whitehouse, a seemingly happily married man with a loving family home. Playing Whitehouse is Rupert Friend, the former coming from a very privileged background. He also seems to have the world at his fingertips. That is until a scandalous secret comes to light that not only brings upheaval to his marriage and family life. The scandal also upends his prestigious career.
His wife Sophie Whitehouse (Sienna Miller), learns that her husband has been having an affair with an aide. The news goes public, blowing up their lives. It forces her to deal with the consequences of her husband’s disastrous decisions. Things go from bad to worse when James is accused of rape and has to stand trial.
The six part series also stars Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery as the prosecuting lawyer. She represents Olivia (Naomi Scott), the young aide who has charged Whitehouse with rape.
Sienna Miller went through her own public scandal many years ago when her partner – actor Jude Law – had an affair with their nanny. She had an immediate connection to the material. It has been many years since that scandal. But Miller says the topic hit too close to home and playing the role of Sophie was somewhat cathartic.
Our Bonnie Laufer spoke with Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend, Michelle Dockery and Naomi Scott. They talked about working on the compelling mini series.
Anatomy of A Scandal is now streaming on Netflix.