A FIRST look at Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in the forthcoming ITV drama Quiz has been revealed.
Sheen will play quiz show host Tarrant in the series based on the infamous Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal.
The photo shows Sheen in character arriving to give evidence at London’s Southwark crown court in the 2003 trial of former Army major Charles Ingram, who won £1million on the quiz.
Dubbed the ‘Coughing Major’, Ingram was found guilty along with his wife, Diana, and their accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, of cheating their way to the top prize on the show in 2001.
Ingram, who will be played by Matthew Macfadyen, was accused of listening out for coughs from college lecturer Whittock, who was sitting in the studio audience, to signal to him which answers were correct.
Whittock will be played by Michael Jibson and the role of Ingram’s wife, Diana, goes to Fleabag actress Sian Clifford.
The trio maintained their innocence in the high-profile trial, but were convicted and the Ingrams sentenced to 18 months in jail suspended for two years.
Tarrant’s son, Toby, commented on the transformation, tweeting: ‘This photo of Michael Sheen as Dad is brilliant.
‘If there’s a scene where he passes out on the sofa watching TV with a glass of whisky and mumbling to himself then it will be like I’m 12 years old all over again.’
ITV’s Quiz will be a three-part series directed by Stephen Frears, whose credits include The Queen and A Very English Scandal.
Other names listed for the drama’s cast include Aisling Bea and Helen McCrory.
The script has been written by James Graham, whose play of the same name ran in the West End.
Quiz is due to air on ITV in 2020.