Profumo Affair: What did Christine Keeler really think of John Profumo?

The Trial of Christine Keeler approaches the story of the Profumo Scandal from the point of view of Christine Keeler (played by Sophie Cookson) as she deals with the aftermath in the 1960s. As a result not much time is devoted to the origins and relationship between her and John Profumo (Ben Miles) which may have left some wondering what she really thought of what happened.

What did Christine Keeler really think of John Profumo?

The Trial of Christine Keeler comes to an end on Sunday evening (January 26) with the final episode of the hit series.

The show focused on the lead up to and the aftermath of the Profumo Affair in the early 1960s.

However, the series has mainly aimed to refocus its retelling on the impact on Keeler herself and her immediate circle including Mandy Rice-Davies (Ellie Bamber) and Stephen Ward (James Norton).

The series briefly covers her affair with Profumo, including how the two actually met in 1961 as well as how it happened.


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But did Keeler ever reveal more about her feelings toward the war minister at the time?

There are conflicting reports over how she felt at the time over as much of what is known comes from people she confided in.

For example, in an personal essay for the Telegraph, Hanja Kochansky said Keeler confided in her when they knew each other after she was released from prison.

She wrote: “She was sad about Ward and felt a certain sense of guilt, but she wasn’t one to dwell on feelings like that.

“She said she’d never liked Profumo. He wasn’t her type at all.”

Following the finale of the series on the BBC this weekend, there will also be a documentary episode examining what really happened.

Journalist Tom Mangold presents the episode which contains previously unheard tapes from Keeler speaking of the time when she met Profumo.

According to The Times, in the tapes she said Profumo “came on very strong”.

During the 20 hours of interview tapes used, the model also spoke of how the pair met at Clivedon House in Buckinghamshire.


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She said: “Oh, he just wanted to grab hold of me and I was running around desks and tables getting away from him.”

Keeler went on to add how the next day: “He couldn’t take his eyes off me.

“I was in the shallow bit and he came and stood over me, and said ‘Can I have your number?’”

The tapes have not previously been heard and the documentary also features recordings of Keeler’s friend Rice-Davies.


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However, Profumo’s side of the story is not told in his own voice as he never spoke publicly about the affair after it happened.

This is aside from him admitting the affair happened in his resignation speech in parliament.

The new documentary called Keeler, Profumo, Ward and Me aims to shed light on the real story behind the drama.

This is released on BBC Two on Sunday at 10pm after the finale of The Trial of Christine Keeler airs.

The Trial of Christine Keeler finishes on Sunday, January 26 at 9pm on BBC.

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