Impeachment: American Crime Story cast compared to real life counterparts

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In 2019, it was announced that the third season of the Emmy-winning Ryan Murphy series American Crime Story would be back, focusing on the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky affair that dominated headlines in the 1990s.

Based on Jeffrey Toobin's 2000 book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, the series explores the true story of President Clinton and intern Lewinsky. The best part? Lewinsky herself serves as an executive producer on the series, which represents a long-overdue chance for her to tell her own story.

After the teaser trailer for Impeachment: American Crime Story dropped last month, we've been patiently waiting for the show to hit screens and now, the wait is over. It's now airing in the US, meaning hopefully a UK date isn't too far behind.

Until then, there's plenty to pore over in regards to the show, with preview clips and official images now online. These shots include the stellar cast - including Beanie Feldstein, Clive Owen and Sarah Paulson - in character. Keen to see how they compare to the real life counterparts they're playing in the show? Read on...

Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky

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Known for her starring roles in Lady Bird and Booksmart, Beanie takes on the portrayal of White House intern Monica, who became a household name after her affair with President Bill Clinton went public.

Clive Owen as Bill Clinton

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Playing the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, as his affair is made known to the world, is Hollywood leading man, Clive Owen.

Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp

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Sarah Paulson has played prominent roles in most seasons of American Horror Story, also by Ryan Murphy, and now she takes on Linda Tripp, a civil servant and whistleblower responsible for the recorded Lewinsky voice conversations that publicly revealed the affair.

Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones

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Annaleigh Ashford plays Paula Jones, another civil servant, who famously sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment over an incident that had allegedly taken place in 1991, when he was the governor of Arkansas. Clinton settled the lawsuit in 1998, agreeing to pay Jones $850,000 in exchange for her dropping the charges.

Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton

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The Sopranos star Edie Falco portrays Bill's wife, then-First Lady and fellow public figure, Hillary Clinton.

Judith Light as Susan Carpenter-McMillan

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Fans of Ugly Betty and The Politician will recognise Judith Light, who takes on the part of Susan Carpenter-McMillan, a senior advisor to Paula Jones during her time in the public eye.

Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg

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Goldberg is a literary agent who advised Linda Tripp to record Monica Lewinsky’s private phone calls about her relationship with Clinton. In the series, she's played by The Good Wife star Margo Martindale.

Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge

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Comedy favourite Billy Eichner plays political commentator Matt Drudge, who made it his mission to publish news about the Clinton and Lewinsky scandal.

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