Scoop real-life

A side-by-side comparison of Scoop’s iconic cast and the real-life people they played

Refuse to believe that the guy who plays Prince Andrew is Jasper from The Holiday


Scoop dropped on Netflix on Friday, a retelling of how the iconic car crash Prince Andrew Newsnight interview came to be. Besides whether Prince Andrew actually had a huge teddy bear collection and whether Emily Maitlis actually took her dog to work (she did, queen) you have probably been wondering how similar the characters in real life actually look to the actors that played them on screen.

The show has an iconic cast, so let’s have a look at a side-by-side comparison between Scoop’s characters and the real-life people they are based on:

Rufus Sewell as Prince Andrew

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I cannot BELIEVE this is the same man who played Jasper in The Holiday. Rufus Sewell plays Prince Andrew in Scoop which after a whole load of prosthetics, he looked scarily similar to. But when the casting was announced, a lot of people were against him for the role. “I loved people objecting to my casting. That just really made me glow,” he told Town and Country.

“The one thing that gave me solace was people saying that I was badly suited for the role. I thought, well, I can’t disappoint now. Just freedom.”

Gillian Anderson as Emily Maitlis

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Our absolute QUEEN Gillian Anderson plays journalism legend and former Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis who did the interview with Prince Andrew.

But Gillian Anderson initially turned down the role of Emily Maitlis in Scoop. In an interview with Today, she called her “a formidable journalist and woman,” and admitted she was scared as she is a UK household name. “The idea of playing somebody who was so familiar and so alive felt incredibly daunting,” she said. Gillian did not work closely with the real Emily Maitlis but did run into her at an event. She said: “We were mid-shooting so I went in incredibly familiar about her. I must have come across as a freak.”

Billie Piper as Sam McAlister

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Huge actor and former singer Billie Piper played Newsnight producer and the mastermind behind securing the Prince Andrew interview, Sam McAlister.

Huge actor and former singer Billie Piper played Newsnight producer and the mastermind behind securing the Prince Andrew interview, Sam McAlister.

Keeley Hawes plays Amanda Thirsk in Scoop, Prince Andrew’s real-life private secretary from 2004 to 2020. On her role as Amanda in Scoop, Keeley said in the press notes for the Netflix film: “She was pivotal in the decision that Prince Andrew should do this interview with Newsnight, And so we meet her at a very early stage where she goes and agrees to have a meeting with Sam McAlister. The wheels start turning and Amanda Thirsk thinks that this could be a really good idea in terms of PR for Prince Andrew.

“I think her intentions were good and very honest. She was a great friend of his and she obviously thought he was a great person. She wanted everybody to see Prince Andrew the way that she saw him and thought that would be a really positive thing. Unfortunately, as we now know, it was not to be.”

Colin Wells as Jeffrey Epstein

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Everyone I’ve spoken to about Scoop agreed that they initially thought they’d used real footage of Jeffrey Epstein in the film considering how real he looked. But nope, Epstein, although only featured in the first few minutes of the film is played by Colin Wells, former Casualty and Hollyoaks actor.

Charity Wakefield as Princess Beatrice

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She’s not onscreen for very long, but Charity Wakefield plays Princess Beatrice, Andrew’s daughter in the scene where the Newsnight team convinces Prince Andrew to do the interview. She; ‘s previously been in Sense and Sensibility, Casualty, The Great and Close to the Enemy.

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