Christine KeelerChristine Keeler
) is the model and showgirl whose involvement with a government minister discredited the Conservative
government of Harold Macmillan
. She left home at the age of sixteen and worked in London
as a cabaret performer. Along with her friend, Mandy Rice-Davies
, she came under the influence of Dr Stephen Ward
, who brought her into contact with the Secretary of State for War, John Profumo
. Profumo entered into an affair with Keeler, not suspecting that she had also been introduced to a Russian diplomat by Ward, who apparently hoped for some personal gain as a result. She was briefly imprisoned for her part in what was effectively a prostitution ring; Ward committed suicide before he could be convicted.