Divorce is difficult, even when it’s pretend.

At least according to Claire Foy and Paul Bettany, who play the Duke and Duchess of Argyll as they go through their explosive divorce in Prime Video and BBC’s A Very British Scandal. In an exclusive chat with E! News, the performers revealed that several scenes in the series—which is a follow-up to 2018’s A Very English Scandal starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw—were hard to undertake.

“There was lots that was hard to film, actually, because there was quite a lot of navigating the right tone to get,” Foy explained. “It’s quite difficult when you’re filming an entire relationship.”

A Very British Scandal unpacks the treatment of 20th-century socialite Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll (Foy)—both in court and in the press—as she’s met with accusations of infidelity amid her divorce from Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll (Bettany). 

“Any of the scenes where Margaret was belittled because of her stammer was always really difficult to do,” Foy noted. “I found the courtroom scene really hard, because by that point, I was really attached to Paul.”

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