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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Who’s In The ‘Vagatha Christie’ Case?

As the defamation trial between Rebekah Vardy and Colleen Rooney is about to begin, the PA news agency looks at some of the people involved in the case.

— Rebekah Vardy

Mrs Vardy’s family hit the headlines when her husband Jamie helped Leicester City on their way to an unexpected Premier League victory in 2016, the footballer’s wife claimed.

The model and TV personality, 40, appeared on I’m a Celebrity in 2017, later appearing on Dancing on Ice in 2021, as well as on Loose Woman.

The mother-in-law of five recently co-wrote a children’s book with her husband Jamie, titled Cedric the Little Sloth with a Big Dream, which follows a tiny sloth who hopes to become a footballer.


Colleen Rooney (below) and Rebekah Vardy (above) are both expected to provide evidence in the libel claim (John Walton/PA)

— Colleen Rooney

The footballer’s wife, Mrs Rooney, who is defending the claim, is probably now known as “Vagatha Christie” after her social media post for defamation went viral.

The 36-year-old has had a varied career in front of TV presents, writing as well as an exercise DVD.

Mrs Rooney met her husband when she was 12, when the couple attended the same school in Liverpool.

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They started dating when they both turned 16 and have four sons together – Kai Wayne, Kel Anthony, Kit Joseph, and Cass Mack.

— Caroline Watt

Mrs. Vardy’s friend and agent, Ms. Watt, has attended some preliminary hearings, even though she may not be a party to the claim or testifying at trial.

She will not participate in the trial after a consultant forensic psychiatrist has submitted a report concluding that she is not fit to provide oral evidence.

Ms Watts may be best known as the owner of a phone that fell in the North Sea after a preliminary hearing – Mrs Rooney’s lawyers have called the disclosure in the case “a series of unfortunate events”.

At the final preliminary hearing in late April, Mrs. Rooney’s lawyers claimed that Mrs. Vardy’s statement from a new witness showed that Ms. Watts was the source of the leaks, but claims that (Mrs. Vardy) authorized or Didn’t forgive

— Jamie Vardy

A relative late bloomer in football, Mr Vardy’s career as a striker has seen him rise to the top of the English game from non-league clubs with Leicester City.

His 24 goals helped Fox to their remarkable 5,000-1 Premier League win six years ago, while he was also part of the team that won the FA Cup in May last year.


Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (Fabrizio Corradetti/PA)

Fox fans coined the slogan “Jamie Vardy’s a Party” amid his goal-scoring exploits.

With Mrs Verdi they have children Sophia, seven, Finlay, five, and Olivia Grace, two. He also has a child from a previous relationship.

– Wayne Rooney

Descending on the football scene almost two decades ago as a prodigious teenage talent playing for Everton, Mr Rooney became England’s most capped outfield player and record goalscorer.

He amassed a plethora of trophies as a forward with Manchester United, later playing in the US.

Mr Rooney retired as a player last year and was appointed permanent manager at recently ousted Championship side Derby County.

This year, he was the subject of a documentary on Amazon Prime Video about his life and career.

– Hugh Tomlinson QC

Mr. Tomlinson, a veteran media barrister, is before Mrs. Vardy’s legal team in the libel case.

Called to the bar in 1983, his past clients include the Prince of Wales in a legal battle against the Mail on Sunday over his diary, Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the aristocrat Roman Abramovich.

Mr Tomlinson, who became QC in 2002, is a board member of the campaign group Hacked Off.

— David Sherborne

Mr Sherborne is also known as the rich and famous turning barrister for legal aid – his past client list has included Diana, Princess of Wales, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cheri.

Mrs Rooney’s barrister is no stranger to high-profile libel trials at the Royal Court of Justice, most notably in the actor’s 2020 defamation claim against the Sun, publisher of newsgroup Newspapers (NGN) representing Johnny Depp .

The barrister, called to the bar in 1992, has also represented dozens of claimants to the News of the World, including the celebrities who sued NGN over phone hacking.

– Mrs. Justice Stan

The High Court judge overseeing the case, Mrs Justice Stein, was appointed in 2019 and sits in the Queen’s Bench Division – the part of the High Court that deals with defamation, personal injury and breach of contract claims.

As well as overseeing the “Vagatha Christie” claim, among other key cases he covered Aaron Banks’ defamation claim against journalist Carole Cadwalder and the FDA over Boris Johnson’s decision to support Priti Patel after Boris Johnson’s bullying allegations. Union’s unsuccessful legal challenge.

The daughter of former Law Lord Lord Stein, Mrs Justice Stein covered many cases as a barrister, including the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

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