Ed Westwick replaced in BBC’s new Agatha Christie drama following sexual assault allegations

Christian Cooke will now play Mickey Argyll instead

It has been announced that actor Ed Westwick will be replaced in the BBC’s upcoming Agatha Christie drama Ordeal by Innocence following a series of sexual assault allegations facing the star.

The London-born star, 30, is best known for his role as Chuck Bass in US teen drama Gossip Girl but more recently has starred in BBC Two sitcom White Gold.

Last November, Westwick was accused of rape and sexual assault by multiple women, allegations he described at the time as “unverified and provably untrue”.

The BBC previously said that it was not making any judgment on the “serious allegations” but would pull Ordeal by Innocence from its Christmas schedule “until these matters are resolved”.

Now it has been announced that Westwick will be replaced by Christian Cooke (Where the Heart Is, The Promise, Cemetery Junction), who will reshoot scenes that originally saw Westwick portraying the character of Mickey Argyll.

The change echoes the move by Ridley Scott to recast Kevin Spacey’s role in All The Money In The World following sexual misconduct allegations. Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer.

Christian Cooke

Christian Cooke

A new broadcast date is set to be announced in due course. Alongside the newly-cast Cooke, Ordeal by Innocence will also star Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Anthony Boyle and Alice Eve.

Responding to the allegations of rape in a public statement, Westwick previously said: “It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct.” He vows to “clear” his name.

  • For help, advice or more information regarding sexual assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.