Very British Scandal First Look: Claire Foy and Paul Bettany play the Duke and Duchess of Argyll
The BBC Get a first look at Claire Foy and Paul Bettany in A Very British Scandal.
The duo will play the Duke and Duchess of Argyll in the drama about the couple’s high-profile divorce in the 1960s.
Foy will play Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll, known for her charisma, beauty, and style, who dominated the front pages as a divorce that included accusations of fraud, theft, violence, drug use, secret recording, bribery and outspokenness. Every Polaroid picture is played.
New roles: The BBC has taken a first look at Claire Foy and Paul Bettany as the Duke and Duchess of Argyle in the upcoming drama A Very British Scandal.
The real deal: The Duke and Duchess of Argyll’s 1963 divorce surfaced with accusations of fraud, theft, violence, drug use, secret recordings, bribery, and an explicit Polaroid photograph (the couple was photographed in 1951, shortly before their engagement)
A Very British Scandal will explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain and take a look at attitudes toward women to question whether institutionalized misogyny was rife at the time.
The show will feature the team behind BBC’s A Very English Scandal, which starred Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as politician Jeremy Thorpe and his lover Norman Scott.
The first images from the drama show Foy in an autumnal pose while wearing a classic red lip and wave fingerless hairstyle, donning a black winter coat with thick fur trim with a hat, gloves and a tartan scarf.
Glamorous: Foy was seen in an autumnal pose while sporting a classic red lip and wave fingerless hairstyle, wearing a black winter coat with thick fur trim with a hat, gloves and a tartan scarf
Spirits High: Another shows off the character’s decadent lifestyle as the actress can be seen at a lavish event laughing while carrying a coupe, in a sparkly evening dress.
Asilah: Claire Foy as the Duchess of Argyll (left) and the real-life Duchess with her husband at a reception at the German Embassy at Tate London (right)
I do: The Duke and Duchess of Argyll following their wedding at Caxton Hall in London on March 23, 1951
The Good Life: Bettany and Foy are photographed sailing in a luxury speedboat in another photo from the upcoming series
Another shows the character’s decadent lifestyle as the actress can be seen at a lavish event laughing while carrying a coupe glass, wearing a sparkly evening dress, pearl necklace and white gloves.
Foy was also seen on court wearing a soft gray suit with a matching hat and signature pearl necklace.
The 37-year-old previously played a young Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of Netflix series The Crown, which won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2018.
STYLISH: Foy was also seen on court in a soft gray suit with a matching hat and signature pearl necklace
Success: The show will feature BBC A Very English Scandal, starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as politician Jeremy Thorpe and his lover Norman Scott.
Thematic theme: The new show will explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain and look at attitudes towards women to question whether institutionalized misogyny was prevalent at the time.
She is joined by Bettany, who starred in Vision in WandaVision and Avengers: Infinity War, who will play her husband Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyle, while Gavin and Stacey star Julia Davis will play Maureen, Dufferin’s career and Ava.
Also joining the cast are Amanda Drew, Richard McCabe, Phoebe Nichols, Camilla Rutherford, Timothy Renoff, Sophia Miles, Sophie Ward and Tim Stead.
Katherine Manners, Richard Golding, Jonathan Aris, Oliver Criss, Nicholas Rowe and Miles Job will also participate.
The three-part series will be written by Sarah Phelps, who previously wrote The Pale Horse, Then There Was Nothing and Dublin Murders, and directed by Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky.
The series will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Antiquity: The Duke and Duchess of Argyll at the Palace Theater attend the Palace Theater during happy times