Is Netflix series ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ based on a true story?

‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ is an upcoming suspense drama series that revolves around a British politician and how his pristine life is threatened when a dark secret comes out. The series will be streaming on Netflix.

The series was first announced in 2020 and has been directed by S. J. Clarkson. It stars Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend, Michelle Dockery, Naomi Scott and Josette Simon amongst others. Miller is of course well known for her breakout role in the film ‘Layer Cake’ while she has also starred in multiple critically acclaimed films such as ‘Foxcatcher’ and ‘American Sniper’.

Rupert Friend has also appeared in several noteworthy projects such as ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ and the thriller series, ‘Homeland’. He will also be seen in the soon-to-be-released Disney+ series ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’.

With a story that focuses on the life of a politician in the British Parliament and how he uses his position to make some questionable life choices, one must wonder whether it has been inspired by a real-life occurrence and here is the answer to that.

What inspired Anatomy of a Scandal?

While the series is not exactly a true story, the broad strokes have been inspired everyday life experiences. The series has been adapted by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson from a novel of the same name written by Sarah Vaughan. Sarah Vaughan is the pen name of British journalist and writer, Sarah Hall.

Hall worked as a journalist for The Guardian newspaper for several years and even spent time as a political correspondent. That stint allowed to her explore the themes regarding power, privilege and consent in the realm of politics for this novel. She shines a light on several issues that are faced by women in the field with her intimate understanding of them.


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