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A Comparison of the Cast of ‘Scoop’ on Netflix with Their Real-Life Inspirations

Netflix’s “Scoop” draws inspiration from the true events surrounding the determined efforts of “Newsnight” booker Sam McAlister to secure an interview with Prince Andrew, stemming from his connection with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The narrative unfolds the commendable teamwork behind the scenes, involving McAlister, journalist Emily Maitlis (played by Gillian Anderson), editor Esme Wren (portrayed by Romola Garai), producer Stewart Maclean (enacted by Richard Goulding), meticulous fact-checker Freddy (depicted by Jordan Kouamé), and photographer Jae Donnolly (brought to life by Connor Swindells).

The storyline is enriched with high stakes, adrenaline, and unexpected twists, offering a riveting viewing experience. The ensemble cast authentically portrays the real-life individuals involved in this compelling saga.

Cast and Characters of “Scoop” on Netflix:

Emily Maitlis (Gillian Anderson)

Emily Maitlis, a seasoned figure at “Newsnight” and the BBC, transitioned to working on “The New Agents” podcast with Jon Sopel after her tenure at the network. Apart from conducting insightful interviews, she enjoys running in Hyde Park with her Whippet, Moody. Gillian Anderson is renowned for her roles as Dana Scully in “The X-Files” and Jean Milburn in “Sex Education.”

Prince Andrew (Rufus Sewell)

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is the younger brother of King Charles and the son of the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Following a tarnished public image due to his association with Jeffrey Epstein, he stepped back from his royal duties. Rufus Sewell’s notable performances include Hal Wyler in Netflix’s “The Diplomat” and roles in “The Illusionist,” “A Knight’s Tale,” and “Dark City.”

Sam McAlister (Billie Piper)

Sam McAlister, the interview booker instrumental in securing the exclusive interview with Prince Andrew on “Newsnight,” is depicted as a dedicated single mother who takes pride in her work. Billie Piper is recognized for her portrayals in “Doctor Who,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” “I Hate Suzie,” and “Mansfield Park.”

Amanda Thirsk (Keeley Hawes)

Amanda Thirsk, Prince Andrew’s press secretary and confidante, plays a pivotal role in greenlighting the interview with “Newsnight,” aiming to showcase his charm to the world. Keeley Hawes is known for her performances in “Line of Duty,” “It’s a Sin,” “Bodyguard,” and “Honour.”

Esme Wren (Romola Garai)

Esme Wren, the composed editor overseeing operations at “Newsnight,” navigates the challenges posed by imminent layoffs and orchestrates the team for the crucial interview. Romola Garai’s credits include “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” “Atonement,” “The Last Days on Mars,” and “Suffragette.”

Jae Donnolly (Connor Swindells)

Jae Donnolly, portrayed by Connor Swindells, plays a key role in capturing evidence of Prince Andrew’s interactions with Jeffrey Epstein before the latter’s conviction. As a contact of Sam’s, he provides valuable insights into the unfolding Epstein story. Connor Swindells is known for his roles in “Sex Education,” “Barbie,” and “Emma.”

“Scoop” is currently available for streaming on Netflix.