Anatomy of a Scandal actor reveals one huge scene was deleted from the show

We imagine you’re just as big a fan of thriller Anatomy of a Scandal as we are,, since you’re here, and you’re not alone, as one of Netflix’s newest drama series, the six-episode series is a big hit with viewers. 

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Anatomy of a Scandal. Image: Ana Cristina Blumenkron/Netflix

The series, starring a roster of famous faces, including Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend and Naomi Scott, focuses on Sophie Whitehouse (Miller), the wife of a British MP (Friend) who is accused of sexual assault by a colleague he’s had an affair with. 

The mini-series, based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan, centres around the trial itself, but actor Naomi Scott (below) has just revealed that there was actually a pretty big scene focused on her character Olivia Lytton, which didn’t make the final cut. 

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Scott plays parliamentary researcher Olivia Lytton, who accuses MP James Whitehouse of rape in the series. Speaking to the Radio Times, she revealed that scenes showing Olivia’s life after the trial were filmed but then cut, with Scott saying she felt it was more fitting for the story to keep the rest of Olivia’s life out of the script. 

She told the publication, ‘What I love about this show is it kind of puts the audience in the seat of the jury. I think that’s really effective because ultimately, if you are a member of the jury, you’re dealing with these fragments of memory, which I think makes these cases really hard to prosecute.’

Scott then shared details on the deleted scene, saying, ‘We did actually shoot something, Olivia after everything, but it didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel like it did the character justice, to tie it off with a bow.’

The actor went on, ‘I actually think it’s more powerful to just allow people to go, “Wow, what happened to her”’ And a lot of the time these types of victims are forgotten, so I think it’s really fitting.’

Anatomy of a Scandal is streaming on Netflix now.