Anatomy of a Scandal

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Anatomy of a Scandal
Created by
  • David E. Kelley
  • Melissa James Gibson
Based onAnatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Directed byS.J. Clarkson
  • Sienna Miller
  • Michelle Dockery
  • Rupert Friend
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)
  • David E. Kelley
  • Melissa James Gibson
  • Liza Chasin
  • Bruna Papandrea
  • Allie Goss
Production company(s)
  • Made Up Stories
  • 3dot productions
Original networkNetflix

Anatomy of a Scandal is an upcoming Netflix anthology series from David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson, based on the book of the eponymous 2017 novel by Sarah Vaughan.[1]


Exploring a scandal about sexual consent among the British elite, Anatomy of a Scandal follows a trio of characters: James, a Westminster politician accused of a terrible crime; Sophie, a privileged wife who strongly believes in her husband's innocence; and Kate, a barrister prosecuting the case who is convinced of James's guilt. The question arises: who is right about James?[2]

Cast & Characters

  • Sienna Miller as Sophie Whitehouse
  • Michelle Dockery as Kate Woodcroft, QC
  • Rupert Friend as James Whitehouse
  • Naomi Scott as Olivia Lytton
  • Ben Radcliffe as Young James Whitehouse



On May 21, 2020, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a six episode series order, each episode being an hour long[3], with the idea it would become an anthology where future seasons would focus on a different scandal.[4] The series was created by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson, who will also executive produce alongside Bruna Papandrea, Liza Chasin, Allie Goss, and Steve Hutensky. Production companies involved with the series are Papandrea's Made Up Stories (company) and Chasin's 3dot productions. S. J. Clarkson will direct the entirety of the first season as well as executive produce. The novel's author Sarah Vaughan and Margaret Chernin are also co-executive producers.[5]


The casting of Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, and Rupert Friend were announced on September 23, 2020.[6] Naomi Scott was announced on December 15, 2020[7] and Ben Radcliffe was announced on January 5, 2021[8].


Principal photography was to film in the U.K. in the 2020 but there were questions if COVID-19 would impact production. It was later confirmed that filming

began in London the last week of October 2020.[9]


  1. "David E. Kelley and Netflix are working on a 'Anatomy of a Scandal' TV adaptation". Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  2. "Anatomy of a Scandal". Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  3. "Naomi Scott to Star in Netflix's 'Anatomy of a Scandal' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  4. Kanter, Jake; Kanter, Jake (2020-05-21). "'Anatomy Of A Scandal': David E. Kelley, Melissa James Gibson Team For Netflix Anthology Series Based On Sarah Vaughan Novel". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  5. Baxter-Wright, Dusty (2020-09-25). "Anatomy Of A Scandal is being adapted into a Netflix TV show". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  6. "Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend to Star on Netflix Series 'Anatomy of a Scandal'". TheWrap. 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  7. "Naomi Scott to Star in Netflix's 'Anatomy of a Scandal' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  8. Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (2021-01-05). "'Anatomy Of A Scandal': Ben Radcliffe Joins David E. Kelley's Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  9. "Anatomy of a Scandal begins London shoot". The Knowledge. Retrieved 2021-02-19.

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