Actor Law arrives for amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2011 event in Antibes
Actor Jude Law is giving evidence at Old Bailey trial of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and six other defendantsReuters

Jude Law has taken to the witness box at the Old Bailey to give evidence into the phone hacking inquiry.

The actor, who received a reported £130,000 settlement in 2012 for what he said was a "sustained campaign" of surveillance, was appearing at the trial of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks to testify on alleged events that took place between 2001 and 2006.

Brooks and six other defendants are accused of conspiring to hack phones misconduct in a public office and pervert the course of justice. All deny the charges.

Phone-hacking police charge Rebekah Brooks
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks in the phone hacking trialReuters

Law became increasingly suspicious as stories about his personal life appeared in the now-defunct News of the World. Law and Sienna Miller, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former aide to Princes William and Harry, author Lord Archer, TV cook Delia Smith and model Abi Titmuss were among other alleged big-name targets.

Jurors were told how the paper, whose last edition was published in July 2011, also targeted a woman who shared Wayne Rooney's surname, but later found they were unrelated.

Also facing charges is former Conservative party communications director Andy Coulson, who was editor of the Reupert Murdoch paper from 2003 until his resignation in 2007.

Ex-News of the World reporters Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, James Weatherup and Glenn Mulcaire have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy.