Michael Sheen to play Chris Tarrant in new ITV drama

Michael Sheen will play Chris Tarrant in a new ITV/AMC drama about the Who Wants to be a Millionaire cheating scandal.

Quiz will star Sheen alongside Matthew Macfadyen as Charles Ingram, a former British army major, who caused a major scandal in the early 2000s after being caught cheating his way to winning £1 million on the game show.

It tells how Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience, initially pulled off the on-screen heist before being caught and standing trial.

Sian Clifford, who played Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sister in Fleabag stars as Diana Ingram.

The cast also includes Catastrophe’s Mark Bonnar as Paul Smith, chairman of Millionaire producer Celador Television; Peaky Blinders’ Helen McCrory plays Sonia Woodley QC; Michael Jibson stars as Tecwen Whittock; and Aisling Bea plays ITV Entertainment Commissioner, Claudia Rosencrantz.

The three-part drama is being directed by Stephen Frears, who directed A Very English Scandal for the BBC.

Quiz first started as a play with a sold out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, is a provocative re-examination of the case against the Coughing Major, a fictional imagination based on real 2001 events.

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