JK Rowling has been named as a "core participant" in an inquiry into the News of the World phone hacking scandal, it has emerged.

The inquiry, led by Lord Justice Leveson, has named 46 "core participants" including former nurse turned model and TV presenter Abi Titmus, and actors Hugh Grant and Sienna Miller.

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The 46 named celebrities, politicians, sportsmen and other prominent public figures will be able to give evidence at the inquiry, detailing their experiences of alleged media intrusion.

Rowling has made no secret of her distaste for the media in the past. She won a legal battle to stop papers from printing photos of her with her young son in 2008.

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor at the News of the World who recently stepped down from her role as chief executive of News International, has not been granted "core participant" status. But she will be able to give evidence as a witness.

The inquiry kicks off at London's Royal Courts of Justice in October.