The Anatomy of a Scandal cast features Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Melissa James Gibson and David E. Kelley’s Netflix series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Anatomy of a Scandal follows a British politician who is accused of sexually assaulting a research aide. James Whitehouse admits to cheating on his wife, Sophie, but claims that he didn’t force himself on his lover, Olivia Lytton. As prosecutor Kate Woodcroft investigates the case, she must address a traumatic experience from her college years, resulting in a private conflict of interests during a high-profile trial. Here’s every main performer and character in Anatomy of a Scandal, an adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s 2018 novel.
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Dirty Lines’
Anatomy of a Scandal Cast: Sienna Miller as Sophie Whitehouse
Character Profile: The wife of a popular politician. She doesn’t want to be a “long-suffering spouse” like her mother. Sophie supports her husband during a sexual assault trial but suspects that he’s not telling the truth.
Miller’s Resume: Tammy in Layer Cake (2004), Ana/Baroness in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), Taya in American Sniper (2014), Nina Fawcett in The Lost City of Z (2016), Adrienne in Wander Darkly (2020)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Dancing on Glass’
Anatomy of a Scandal Cast: Michelle Dockery as Kate Woodcroft
Character Profile: Olivia’s lawyer. She argues that her client didn’t offer consent during an intimate elevator encounter with James. Kate doesn’t feel close to her husband Richard and hides a secret that could ruin her career.
Dockery’s Resume: Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey (2010-15), Nancy in Non-Stop (2014), Alice Fletcher in Godless (2017), Rosalind Pearson in The Gentlemen (2019), Laurie Barber in Defending Jacob (2020)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Metal Lords’
Anatomy of a Scandal Cast: Rupert Friend as James Whitehouse
Character Profile: Sophie’s husband, a home office minister. He admits to an affair but claims that his mistress lied about being assaulted. James worries about his image and doesn’t own up to disturbing behavior from his college years.
Friend’s Resume: Mr. Wickham in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Peter Quinn in Homeland (2012-17), Agent 47 in Hitman: Agent 47 (2015), Vasily in The Death of Stalin (2017), Grand Inquisitor in Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Voice Cast: ‘Apollo 10 1/2’
Anatomy of a Scandal Cast: Naomi Scott as Olivia Lytton
Character Profile: A 28-year-old parliamentary researcher. She has an affair with James and then accuses him of sexual assault. Olivia claims that Sophie’s husband forced himself on her after a five-month fling.
Scott’s Resume: Maddy Shannon in Terra Nova (2011), Escarlette in The 33 (2015), Kimberly in Power Rangers (2017), Jasmine in Aladdin (2019), Elena Houghlin in Charlie’s Angels (2019)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘The Bubble’
Anatomy of a Scandal Cast: Josette Simon as Angela Regan
Character Profile: James’ lawyer. She is curious about her client’s Oxford years. Angela opens up to Kate about work outside of court.
Simon’s Resume: Corrine in Red Lights (2012), Mnemosyne in Wonder Woman (2017), Grams in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Zelda in The Witches (2020), Lindsey in The Girlfriend Experience (2021)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘All Hail’
Anatomy of a Scandal Cast: Hannah Dodd as Young Sophie
Character Profile: An Oxford student. She develops a relationship with James in flashback sequences. Young Sophie hangs out with a woman named Molly who ultimately plays a role in the focal trial.
Dodd’s Resume: Sophia Fitzwilliam in Harlots (2018-19), Townie #2 in Fighting with My Family (2019), Councilor Jennifer in Pandora (2020), Thea Raphael in Find Me in Paris (2020), Sandra in Eternals (2021)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2
Anatomy of a Scandal Cast: Ben Radcliffe as Young James
Character Profile: A member of Oxford’s Libertines club. He displays reckless and disturbing behavior. Young James plays a role in a friend’s death and then sexually assaults a woman the same evening.
Radcliffe’s Resume: Young Bruce in Cuban Fury (2014), Iggi in Evermoor (2017), Robert in Hetty Feather (2018), Ralen in Pandora (2019-20), Captain John D. Brady in Masters of the Air (TBA)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘In Good Hands’
The Anatomy of a Scandal cast also includes Joshua McGuire (About Time, Lovesick), Kudzai Sitima (TV debut), Violet Verigo (New Skool Life, Patient Zero), Nancy Farino (Casualty, Masters of the Air), Sebastian Selwood (TV debut) and Amelie Bea Smith (EastEnders, The Haunting of Bly Manor).
Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.