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Who’s who in the ‘Wagatha Christie’ case

As the libel trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney continues, the PA information company appears to be like at a few of the individuals concerned in the case.

– Rebekah Vardy

The footballer’s spouse bringing the declare, Mrs Vardy’s household was thrust into the limelight after her husband Jamie helped Leicester City on their method to an unlikely Premier League win in 2016.

The mannequin and TV persona, 40, appeared on I’m A Celebrity in 2017 earlier than later showing on Dancing On Ice in 2021, in addition to making appearances on Loose Women.

The mother-of-five not too long ago wrote a youngsters’s ebook together with her husband Jamie, entitled Cedric The Little Sloth With A Big Dream, which follows a little bit sloth who hopes to develop into a footballer.

Coleen Rooney (backside) and Rebekah Vardy (prime) are each anticipated to present proof in the libel declare (John Walton/PA)

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– Coleen Rooney

Mrs Rooney, the footballer’s spouse defending the declare, is probably now higher often known as “Wagatha Christie” after her social media posts at the coronary heart of the libel trial went viral.

The 36-year-old has had a assorted career together with TV presenting, writing, in addition to fronting an train DVD.

Mrs Rooney met her husband when she was 12, as the couple went to the similar college in Liverpool.

They started courting after they each turned 16 and have 4 sons collectively – Kai Wayne, Klay Anthony, Kit Joseph and Cass Mac.

– Caroline Watt

Mrs Vardy’s buddy and agent, Ms Watt has featured in a few of the preliminary hearings, regardless of not being a celebration to the declare or giving proof at the trial.

She won’t be participating in the trial after a guide forensic psychiatrist produced a report which concluded she just isn’t match to supply oral proof.

Ms Watt could also be greatest often known as the proprietor of a telephone which fell into the North Sea following a preliminary listening to – a part of what Mrs Rooney’s attorneys have known as “a series of unfortunate events” about the disclosure in the case.

At the ultimate preliminary listening to at the finish of April, Mrs Rooney’s attorneys claimed {that a} new witness assertion from Mrs Vardy “suggests Ms Watt was the source of the leak but claims that (Mrs Vardy) ‘did not authorise or condone her’”.

– Jamie Vardy

A relative late bloomer in footballing phrases, Mr Vardy’s career as a striker has seen him rise from non-league golf equipment to the prime of the English sport with Leicester City.

His 24 objectives helped drive the Foxes to their exceptional 5,000-1 Premier League triumph six years in the past, whereas he was additionally a part of the squad that secured the FA Cup in May final year.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (Fabrizio Corradetti/PA)

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Foxes followers coined the chant “Jamie Vardy’s having a party” amid his goal-scoring exploits.

With Mrs Vardy he has youngsters Sofia, seven, Finley, 5, and two-year-old Olivia Grace. He additionally has one little one from a earlier relationship.

– Wayne Rooney

Bursting on to the footballing scene as a prodigious teenage expertise taking part in for Everton practically twenty years in the past, Mr Rooney went on to be England’s most-capped outfield participant and report goal-scorer.

He collected a glut of trophies as a ahead with Manchester United, later taking part in in the US.

Mr Rooney retired as a participant final year and was appointed everlasting supervisor at not too long ago relegated Championship aspect Derby County.

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

Derby County supervisor Wayne Rooney can also be as a consequence of give proof in the libel trial (Steven Paston/PA)

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– Hugh Tomlinson QC

An skilled media barrister, Mr Tomlinson is at the entrance of Mrs Vardy’s authorized group in the libel case.

Called to the bar in 1983, his earlier purchasers embrace the Prince of Wales in his authorized battle in opposition to the Mail on Sunday over his diaries, easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and oligarch Roman Abramovich.

Mr Tomlinson, who grew to become a QC in 2002, is a board member of marketing campaign group Hacked Off.

– David Sherborne

Mr Sherborne additionally has a fame as the barrister the wealthy and well-known flip to for authorized help – his earlier consumer listing contains Diana, Princess of Wales, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and former prime minister Tony Blair and his spouse Cherie.

Mrs Rooney’s barrister isn’t any stranger to high-profile libel trials at the Royal Courts of Justice, notably representing Johnny Depp in the actor’s 2020 libel declare in opposition to the writer of the Sun, News Group Newspapers (NGN).

The barrister, known as to the bar in 1992, has additionally represented dozens of claimants, together with celebrities, suing NGN over telephone hacking at the News Of The World.

– Mrs Justice Steyn

The High Court decide overseeing the case, Mrs Justice Steyn was appointed in 2019 and sits in the Queen’s Bench Division – the a part of the High Court which offers with defamation, personal damage and breach of contract claims.

As nicely as overseeing the “Wagatha Christie” declare, different distinguished instances she has heard embrace Arron Banks’ libel declare in opposition to journalist Carole Cadwalladr and the FDA union’s unsuccessful authorized problem over Boris Johnson’s determination to help Priti Patel following bullying accusations.

The daughter of former Law Lord Lord Steyn, Mrs Justice Steyn lined a wide range of instances as a barrister, together with a case over the enlargement of Heathrow airport.

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