Sophie Cookson on playing Christine Keeler: 'Her vilification was incredible'

  The Guardian 
She was the ‘floozie’ who brought down a minister. As The Trial of Christine Keeler retells the Profumo affair from the women’s point of view, its star talks sex, scandal and solidarity Any actor in regular paid employment could be described as having a charmed life, but it’s a particular kind of good luck to look exactly like Christine Keeler when the world is ready to have the Profumo affair retold from the perspective of Keeler herself. In fact, in the BBC’s flagship showThe Trial of Christine Keeler , Sophie Cookson looks so like the protagonist that Keeler’s son said that, in one shot of her in the back of a car, it was as if he was seeing his mother. In real life, drinking mint tea in a cafe in London’s Gloucester Road, Cookson looks more like a friendly version of Keira Knightley. In other words, she could probably look like just about anybody. What now seems fascinating about the Profumo affair is the realisation that we have been looking at this well-worn moment in British pu

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