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Wagatha Christie: Who are the main players in the trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney?

If you weren’t occupied with the Wagatha Christie scandal, which took place in 2019 and is making headlines again as a libel trial takes place in London, you might be wondering who the main players are.

The defamation trial began last Tuesday in London’s High Court, where Rebekah Vardy has accused Coleen Rooney of ruining her reputation.

In 2019, footballer Wayne Rooney’s wife took to social media to accuse Ms Vardy of selling stories about her to the press.

In a dramatic post, Ms Rooney explained she was suspicious that Ms Vardy would reveal stories that were on her private Instagram story (one that only her friends can see).

To find out if she was right, Ms Rooney had blocked everyone but Ms Vardy from viewing her private story and published fake information about her life. She claims that when these stories hit the papers, she knew who it was that leaked them.

Rebekah Vardy

Rebekah Vardy (40) is an English model who is married to professional footballer Jamie Vardy (35) who is currently a striker for Leicester City.

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She has appeared in a number of reality TV shows including I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here and Dancing with the starsand has written a children’s book with her husband.

She was previously married twice, to Mark Godden (2001 to 2003) and Steve Clarke (2005 to 2006).

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In 2014, she met Jamie Vardy while working as a nightclub promoter and married him two years later.

Ms Vardy has five children: Megan, 17, and Taylor, 11, from previous relationships, and Sofia, 7, Finley, 5, and Olivia Grace, 2, from her current marriage

She was pregnant with Olivia Grace when Ms Rooney accused her of selling stories to the press and she said she feared losing her baby because of the stress the controversy was causing her.

Coleen Rooney

Coleen Rooney (36) is the wife of former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney (36).

The couple is a childhood sweetheart. They met in Croxteth, Liverpool, aged 12, and began dating when they were 16.

They married in Italy in 2008 and have four sons together, Kai (12), Klay (8), Kit (6) and Cass (4).

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Coleen and Wayne Rooney arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Photo: James Manning/PA Wire

Ms. Rooney has released a series of exercise DVDs and has written an autobiography entitled Welcome to my worldand published a fashion book called Coleen’s true style.

She didn’t stop there because from 2008 to 2010 she published a series of four books called Coleen style queen.

Ms Rooney and Ms Vardy met through their footballer husbands and while it’s somewhat unknown how close their friendship was, Ms Rooney described her in her model’s 2019 post-out as someone she “trusted”.

Ms Vardy wrote on Twitter that she was “so upset” by the allegations and that she was “very much” fond of Rooney before the argument.

Jamie Vardy

Vine’s husbandkah Vardy, Jamie Vardy is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Leicester City.

He has three children with his wife – Sofia, Finley and Olivia Grace – and a daughter Ella Vardy, 11, with his ex-wife Emma Daggett.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is due to testify with her cousin and brother at his wife’s trial in London’s High Court.

The well-known English footballer has retired but is now Derby County manager.

He made his professional debut at 16 with his local club Everton, becoming the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history in his debut season.

In 2004 he moved to Manchester United, where he was considered one of the best and most valuable players in world football.

David Sherbrone (Coleen Rooney’s attorney)

With a reputation as a lawyer whom the rich and famous turn to for legal advice, Mr Sherborne’s previous client list includes Diana, Princess of Wales, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie.

Other high profile figures he has represented include Donald and Melania Trump, Sheikh Abdulla Al-Khalifa, Paul McCartney, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Harry Styles.

Ms Rooney’s lawyer is no stranger to high-profile defamation cases before the Royal Courts of Justice, notably representing Johnny Depp in the actor’s 2020 defamation lawsuit against the publisher of The sunNewsgroup Newspapers (NGN).

For a short time, Mr Sherborne also represented Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, in her legal battle against the post on Sunday.

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Leicester City footballer and husband of Rebekah Vardy, Jamie Vardy. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The attorney, who was appointed to the Bar in 1992, has also represented dozens of plaintiffs, including celebrities, who have sued NGN for phone hacking News from all over the worldincluding the McCanns, the Dowler family, JK Rowling and Hugh Grant.

He successfully worked on famous cases including representing Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and OK! Magazine in her lawsuit against Hi! Magazine for publishing unauthorized pictures of their wedding.

Mr Sherborne also managed to secure paparazzi restraining orders for Amy Winehouse, Cheryl Cole, Lily Allen, Harry Styles and Sienna Miller.

Sherborne works at the 5RB Media and Entertainment Chamber and specializes in “Privacy, Confidentiality and Defamation” in the media.

Hugh Tomlinson (Rebekah Vardy’s attorney)

Born in Leeds in 1954, Mr Tomlinson is an experienced media lawyer, first qualifying to practice law in 1983.

His previous clients include the Prince of Wales in his lawsuit against the post on Sunday about his diaries, easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, former footballer Rio Ferdinand and Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

Oxford-educated Tomlinson, co-founder of the London-based Matrix Chambers, became QC in 2002 and is a board member of the campaign group Hacked Off.

He is perhaps best known for his work on high profile super injunctions and represented Ryan Giggs in his High Court case The sun after it released details of his relationship with celebrity Imogen Thomas.

In a 2011 interview, Mr Tomlinson said The guard: “What is private should not become public unless there is a public interest in doing so.

“The main point of contention is that the press says if someone is having an adulterous affair, it should be exposed. The judges disagree.

“That’s how they draw the line [publication is only allowed] For example, where wrongdoing has occurred, the law recognizes criminal and regulatory misconduct or hypocritical misleading of the public.”

In the same interview, he said: “In the end, someone has to decide about the public interest. It can’t be editors with an obvious ax to sharpen.

“They can’t be MPs because they have no evidence of the specific facts [each] Case. Judges are the only institution available to make the decisions.”

Mr Tomlinson was also at the center of MPs’ expenses scandal when he represented freedom of information campaigners and argued that the House of Commons would have broken the law by publishing a redacted version of expense reports.

Peter Andre

Singer Peter Andre, 49, became embroiled in the Wagatha Christie scandal when Ms Rooney’s legal team quoted excerpts from an interview Ms Vardy conducted with him News from all over the world in 2004.

It came after she was asked in a cross-examination whether she respects people’s privacy.

Commenting on an alleged one-night stand she had with the singer, Ms Vardy said: “Peter hung like a little chipolata … the smallest pant gear I’ve ever seen.”

In the courtroom, Ms Vardy said she deeply regretted the comments.

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Peter Andre, who was the subject of offensive comments from Rebekah Vardy in a historical newspaper article. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

That Mysterious girl The singer took to Instagram on Tuesday to hit back at the 2004 comments.

“Do you know how hard it is to keep biting my lip in situations?” he said.

“But the way I see it, most people in the jungle have seen an acorn turn into an oak tree, so I think I’m fine.

“At least now she admitted it wasn’t true and was forced to say it.”

Caroline Watts

Caroline Watt is Rebekah Vardy’s friend and agent.

In February, Ms Rooney tried to bring Ms Watt into the lawsuit for allegedly disclosing her private information as she was accused of doing her client’s “dirty work”.

However, she was not included in the case “on the basis that the application had been made too late and would delay the main defamation trial by up to a year, which would be unfair to Vardy”.

For this reason, she will not be asked to give oral evidence during the trial.

It also added that Ms Watt was in a “fragile condition” and “unable” to provide evidence.

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