But a BBC drama about the events will no longer provide Ward with an “easy way out”, painting the society osteopath as someone who was generous and charming but who was guilty of grooming young women for sex with older men.
James Norton plays Ward in The Trial of Christine Keeler, which will be shown in three parts on BBC One from December 29. Its makers have said it will reappraise the affair in light of the MeToo movement.
Norton said: I fell in love with him, as you often do with the roles you play. He was incredibly likeable; everyone who met him says he was charismatic, peculiar, but ultimately drew people in. He always saw the best in people and was very non-judgmental.