Profumo Affair’s Christine Keeler dies

Christine Keeler, the former showgirl who became the centre of a scandal that helped bring down a Conservative government, has died.

The ex-model, whose involvement in the Profumo Affair rocked 1960s Britain, died at the age of 75, her family has said.

Her story was immortalised, first in the pages of the tabloid newspapers at a time when they were read by tens of millions, and later on screen in the 1989 film Scandal.

The affair she had with Secretary of State for War John Profumo in the early 1960s scandalised Britain as it emerged she had also had relations with a Russian defence attache at the same time.

The fact that the revelations emerged at the height of the Cold War and led the Cabinet minister to lie to Parliament damaged the Government of Harold MacMillan, and led to Harold Wilson’s Labour being elected soon after.

Ms Keeler had met Mr Profumo after being introduced by a society osteopath Stephen Ward, who she had met at a Soho cabaret club.